With the release of The Falcon and the Winter Soldier only a few short days away, its marketing campaign is at an all-time high.
A major part of this campaign has included a series of promos released in partnership with Xbox that show Anthony Mackie's Falcon playing various games on the Xbox Series X console.
However, the latest video seemingly provided closure of a two-year-old Avengers: Endgame mystery: the elusive identity of NoobMaster69...
NOOBMASTER69'S IDENTITY FINALLY REVEALED
As part of a collaboration with The Falcon and the Winter Soldier, Microsoft released a new promo for their Xbox Game Pass subscription service. The promo features Anthony Mackie's Falcon with an Xbox employee and can be seen below:
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This Xbox employee, Aaron, may prove familiar to some hardcore MCU fans as he was previously seen working at an Apple Store that Steve and Natasha visit during the HYDRA uprising of Captain America: The Winter Soldier.
Throughout the promo, Sam is shown trying out several games from the service on the Xbox Series X, accompanied by brief snippets of the footage from the upcoming Disney+ series.
All of this is old footage, but the most exciting element comes after the Disney+ title card. Aaron says to Sam his Gamertag — an Xbox username — is “NoobMaster69.”
“NoobMaster69” was previously mentioned in Avengers: Endgame as a Fortnite player who killed Korg and sent Thor into a moment of rage.
Aaron goes on to explain this was a name his cousin chose but seemingly provides an answer to the question of the mysterious Fortnite player from Endgame.
Many fans had previously speculated this could be revealed as Deadpool when he eventually joins the MCU, but it seems that isn't the case.
I CAN'T BELIEVE IT'S NOT DEADPOOL!
Naturally, Thor being killed by the elusive “NoobMaster69” in a Fortnite match in Avengers: Endgame was included as a joke. However, it led many to speculate that Marvel could use the Fortnite gamer in the upcoming Deadpool 3 — which will take place in the MCU.
When Disney acquired Fox, it seemed like the perfect fan theory that Deadpool would be “NoobMaster69,” making the perfect punchline to a several-year-old joke. Granted, if this was something Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige and company wanted to do, it's unlikely they'd let an Xbox promo stop them from doing that. But, for now, it seems Aaron was the one to kill Thor during the iconic scene.
Although Aaron does mention in the final seconds of the promo that his cousin chose the name, could Ryan Reynold's Deadpool be said cousin? Aaron is played by comedian D.C. Pierson, so he could be well-placed in the comedic Deadpool films.
It's hard not to end up overthinking such a clever joke by Marvel, especially with the potential it could bring to subtly link Endgame into future projects.
The Falcon and the Winter Soldier will debut on March 19, 2021, exclusively on Disney+.