Before Carol Danvers joins the fight against Thanos in Avengers: Endgame, fans will be formally introduced to the character in her solo film, Captain Marvel. Set in the 1990s, it will feature the returns (or is it the introductions?) of Nick Fury and Phil Coulson in their younger days. But let's face it -- seeing Fury or Coulson isn't what fans are excited about. And, no, it's not even the long-awaited introduction of Marvel's most powerful female superhero. It's the arrival of her furry feline pet sidekick, Goose the Cat.
Goose the cat (named Chewie in the comics) first stole our hearts in the trailers for Captain Marvel. Since then, the character has received even more attention. He has his own collectible figures, and even a character poster. It would seem the studio is propping up the character as much as any other in Captain Marvel. It might be because he's the first feline sidekick to be featured in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, but what if there is actually more to it than that?
What if Goose actually holds the key to saving the universe?
Going into Avengers: Endgame, fans have a lot of unanswered questions. With so much secrecy surrounding the highly anticipated movie, we are left wondering how the time-displaced Captain Marvel will factor into the film. Where has Carol Danvers been since the 1990s, and how will she arrive in the present MCU to lend a hand in the fight against Thanos? Theories have flown left and right, from the idea that she may be trapped in the Quantum Realm so prominent in Ant-Man and the Wasp to the possibility that she herself has the power to time travel.
But there's another possibility. What if Captain Marvel doesn't return in Endgame under her own power? What if, instead, her cat is the conveyance? In the comics, Chewie looks like a cat, but he is actually the last surviving member of an alien race known as the Flerken. On top of laying eggs and attacking using many, many monstrous tentacles, Flerkens also have the ability to access pocket dimensions inside themselves -- in both space and time. As it's explained, like hamsters or squirrels, who can store amounts of food in pockets within their cheeks, Flerkens also have pouches, only theirs lead to other dimensions and to different timelines.
So, what does that mean for Captain Marvel? Well, it could be that Carol's arrival in Endgame will have everything to do with her cat. Where has Carol been all this time? Well, it could be that she's in another dimension inside of Goose, or even in another timeline. Many signs have pointed to Endgame featuring some sort of time travel, with locations and scenes from previous MCU films making a return. Some theorize it's tied to Tony Stark's B.A.R.F. technology from Captain America: Civil War, while others speculate it's due to the Time Stone. But what if, instead, it's connected to Goose?
If that's the case, then it means Goose would still have to be around somewhere. As a relationship between the two has already been teased in the Captain Marvel trailers, our money is on Samuel L. Jackson's Fury as the one who's been cat-sitting while Captain Marvel has been away. Something tells us he's a cat person.
Defeating Thanos will be no easy endeavor, and the only way to save not only the world but the entire universe, might lie in the past. We just have no idea how we will get there -- or do we? If you ask us, the key to victory be a friendly tabby that's not what it seems.
Directed by Joe and Anthony Russo, Avengers: Endgame stars Robert Downey Jr., Josh Brolin, Mark Ruffalo, Tom Hiddleston, Chris Evans, Chris Hemsworth, Jeremy Renner, Chris Pratt, Elizabeth Olsen, Chadwick Boseman, Sebastian Stan, Benedict Cumberbatch, Paul Bettany, Samuel L. Jackson, Cobie Smulders, Benedict Wong, Zoe Saldana, Karen Gillan, Vin Diesel, Dave Bautista, Pom Klementieff, Scarlett Johansson, Tom Holland and Anthony Mackie. The film arrives April 26.