With the release of the teaser trailer and first poster for Captain Marvel, fans are suddenly confronted with a lot of new information about the eagerly anticipated film. While the majority of Easter eggs are usually saved for trailers, there’s a fun, easy-to-miss cameo within the poster that confirms an appearance by a fan-favorite comics character.
The poster may look simple enough, but if you scrutinize bottom left of the image, you'll see a furry feline behind that can only belong to Carol’s beloved cat Chewie. It was previously speculated the Flerken cat would appear in the 2019 feature, and this fun, furry Easter egg would certainly seem to confirm it.
Introduced in 2006, when Carol Danvers was still known as Ms. Marvel, Chewie was simply her cat, named after Chewbacca from Star Wars. However, in 2014, writer Kelly Sue DeConnick gave Chewie a far more interesting role in Captain Marvel’s life.: As Carol met up with the Guardians of the Galaxy, Rocket Raccoon attempts to kill the innocent-looking feline. It’s only after Carol stopped him that Rocket reveals Chewie is, in fact, a Flerken, an alien species that, while bearing a resemblance to cats of Earth, is far more dangerous.
Flerken can store and hatch more than 100 eggs, possess massive, purple tentacles that can sprout from their mouths, as well as reportedly contain entire pocket dimensions inside themselves. That dimension allow permits Flerkens to instantaneously transport, something Chewie does numerous times, despite the mess it makes. Carol’s beloved pet births 117 eggs while Captain Marvel is in space, but returns to Carol’s side to be her eternal companion once again.
It’s unclear whether Chewie in the film is going to be a Flerken or simply Carol’s pet cat, but his prominence in the first poster suggests there may be a larger role. It’s difficult to imagine that a simple cat -- no matter how cute -- would be such a big deal as to work its way onto the movie poster, to say nothing of the jackets for the cast and crew.
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, and Lashana Lynch as Maria Rambeau. The film arrives on March 8, 2019.