The title of the fourth Avengers movie, Avengers: Endgame, and its accompanying trailer were finally unveiled on Friday. The trouble is, after all the waiting and hoopla, the name Avengers: Endgame could not be secured for the film's official website. That domain name was taken by none other than Deadpool.
That's right, in a holiday prank befitting the Merc with a Mouth, typing in "avengersendgame.com" will take you to the website for Once Upon a Deadpool.
The case is a veritable whodunit, since the identity of the owner is a mystery. Credit can't be given to either 20th Century Fox or Ryan Reynolds, who has shown a penchant for jokes and high-profile trolling of Hugh Jackman lately.
A report from Who.is points to a proxy purchase via the popular domain site GoDaddy. Someone behind the Twitter account @AGuyInChair claims to be holding the rights in exchange for a seat at the premiere of Avengers: Endgame. Guy Inchair's bio even says "I bought two websites! Now, let's see what happens! :)"
Whoever owns the Twitter account and the domain name, if the same person, bought it the same day Avenger: Infinity War was released in theaters. In other words, they planned this elaborate scheme for most of the year. It could be a studio insider at Disney or Fox, but it's also possible their gamble Avengers 4 would be called Endgame was sheer coincidence.
Disney's acquisition of 20th Century Fox is ongoing, and Deadpool is one character the company will acquire. Once Upon a Deadpool will open in theaters on Dec. 21, while Avengers: Endgame hits screens on April 27, 2019.