Captain Marvel Confirms a Major Change to Carol's Cat

The new trailer for Captain Marvel debuted last night and while it was packed with awesome space-combat, new looks at the full extent of Carol Danvers' powers and an extended version of the scene where she punches an old lady in the face, the real star of the new trailer is Carol Danvers' cat, Goose.

In a moment of levity, Nick Fury shows his softer side by stopping to pet Carol's feline friend, showing the cat some much deserved love, but while Captain Marvel introduces a major change to the status of Carol's beloved cat, the possibility that it still might remain faithful to the comics suggests Nick Fury might not find that cat cute for long.

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In the comics, Carol has had Chewie a long time; he debuted back when she was still Ms. Marvel, in 2006's Giant-Size Ms. Marvel #1, and as you might have guessed, he's named Chewie after Star Wars' Chewbacca. However, in the film the cat has been renamed Goose as a reference to Anthony Edwards' character Nick "Goose" Bradshaw in the 1986 film Top Gun. Prior to becoming the Kree-empowered Captain Marvel, Carol Danvers was an Air Force fighter jet pilot, so it makes sense that Top Gun would be close to her heart. But if Goose in the film is anything like Chewie in the comics, Carol may be in for a rude awakening.

Sometime after Carol adopted Chewie, she decided to take her beloved cat into space with her where she discovered, thanks to Rocket Raccoon, that Chewie was no cat at all. He was, in fact, an alien Flerken, hiding gross tentacles underneath its cute and cuddly exterior and capable of laying over hundreds of eggs to propagate its species.

But while he's definitely dangerous if provoked, Chewie remains a loyal pet, choosing to remain in Carol's company after she helped get the Flerken's offspring to safety. Whether Goose is really a Flerken in Captain Marvel remains to be seen, of course... but it could explain what happened to Nick Fury's eye.

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Directed by Anna Boden and Ryan Fleck from a script they wrote with Liz Flahive, Carly Mensch, Meg LeFauve, Nicole Perlman, and Geneva Robertson-Dworet, Captain Marvel stars Brie Larson as Carol Danvers, Samuel L. Jackson as Nick Fury, Jude Law as Mar-Vell, Clark Gregg as Phil Coulson, Lee Pace as Ronan the Accuser, Djimon Hounsou as Korath the Pursuer, Gemma Chan as Minn-Erva, Ben Mendelsohn as Talos, and Lashana Lynch as Maria Rambeau. The film arrives on March 8, 2019.

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