SPOILER WARNING: The following article contains major spoilers for Captain Marvel, in theaters now.
With Goose becoming a standout character in Captain Marvel, Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige has teased where the fan-favorite flerken has been for the past 24 years.
In an interview with /Film, the subject of Goose came up, along with where she has been for so long. Initially, the outlet suggested Goose’s backstory could be explored in a Disney+ show, which Feige responded with, “I love it! And by the way, that’s one of the fun things about Disney+ is we could actually do ideas like that.”
Mentioning Goose as a highlight of Boden and Fleck’s origin movie, Feige continued, “The fun thing about introducing new characters and all these movies is suddenly going from a character that maybe you’d heard of if you’d read the books, but if you hadn’t, you’d never heard of him. And then you see the movie, you go, ‘I want to see more of that character.' And the fact that you and other people are asking, 'When do we see more of the cat?’”
Playing a major part in Captain Marvel, Goose isn’t just responsible for robbing Nick Fury of his eye, but for also storing the Tesseract ahead of the movie’s post-credits scene. It’s clear there are a lot of unanswered questions when it comes to Goose, but thankfully, it sounds like the Marvel Cinematic Universe is happy to explore them.
Hypothesizing Goose’s lifespan and whether she’d even be alive in post-snap MCU, Feige mused, “The question is 'how long – what is the lifespan of a flerken?' It’s a good question.”
When pressed about the average cat only living to around 15 years, Feige continued, "But that’s a cat, a flerken might be longer lived. And as we know from the comics, flerken procreate quite a bit....So I’m sure there are more flerken out there. And is Goose out there? She could be."
The non-linear nature of the MCU already has fans questioning where the Goose/Tesseract scene takes place and whether the Space Stone will once again become a focal point of the franchise. As Chewie — Goose’s comic book counterpart — has shown, flerken are strange creatures that are nothing like a typical cat.
In any case, whatever is going on with that furry feline, it doesn’t sound like Feige is done with flerkens just yet. With Brie Larson set to have a big part to play in Avengers: Endgame, who knows, maybe Goose could be the one to topple Thanos?
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 the commander of Starforce, 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, Lashana Lynch as Maria Rambeau, Algenis Perez Soto as Att-Lass, McKenna Grace as a young Carol Danvers and Annette Bening as the Supreme Intelligence.