Disney/Marvel’s latest movie in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, Captain Marvel, came out last night to preview audiences and crushed the box office to the tune of $20+ million. That’s pretty rad. I’m so happy to not only see Disney and Marvel making a female-driven film, but to see it achieve wild success. A small part of that success, in my opinion, has to be attributable to my new favorite Marvel character: Goose the Cat.
Note: I won’t spend much time here talking about the plot of the movie, because a) I don’t want to spoil it for you, and b) I’m going to do a review in another post. That said, this post does contain minor spoilers about Goose and some characters’ names. If you don’t want to know anything at all about the movie, stop reading now. If you’ve already seen it, or you’re okay with a minor spoiler or two, let’s keep on moving!
Now, whether or not you’re a cat fan, I can pretty well predict you are going to be a Goose fan. This little guy tags along throughout the film to all of Carol
Who (Or What!) Is Goose the Cat?
Okay, Goose the Cat is…well…not actually a cat. That’s spoiler #1. He looks like a cat, walks like a cat, and sounds a lot like a cat, but in this universe, looks can be very deceiving.
In fact, Goose’s real identity and importance to the whole Marvel universe is not actually revealed until very close to the end. While I’m on the subject of endings, definitely make sure to stay through the entire end credits. There are multiple credits scenes, one of which is after all the credits have rolled by.
I’ve only read a single Captain Marvel comic (so far), so I’m no expert on the subject. I certainly see that changing very soon. That being said, I did a little digging online and my Google sleuthing shows that Goose the Cat has a bit of a different life in the comic book world.
For one, Goose the Cat is actually named Chewie in the comics version of Captain Marvel. Yeah, just like that big hairy guy from the Star Wars movies.
According to Marvel.com‘s official page for him, Goose is “the friendliest and furriest resident of Project Pegasus” and “the affectionate tabby cat that joins Carol Danvers and Nick Fury on their adventure”.
That’s all they say. But there’s so much more to this furry little guy than that and more than meets the eye, too!
If you read Marvel’s Fandom wiki page, you learn a whole lot more. Goose is not really a cat. He’s an alien race called Flerken. Fandom writes, “Flerken [resemble] Earth cats in appearance and behavior. They can lay up to 117 eggs and possess a myriad of tentacles that can extend from their mouths. Their bodies also hold pocket realities, bubbles of space and time that [exist] into other worlds.”
Goose is starting to sound at least as enigmatic as his cat cousins on Earth. As you learn more about this particular cat-like creature, it becomes clear that he is pivotal to Captain Marvel and possibly even the entire Marvel Cinematic Universe post-Infinity War.
With Thanos in charge (albeit several decades into the future), Goose could be the answer to all the major riddles posed so far. How will the Avengers be able to destroy or subdue Thanos? In the comics, a character named Adam Warlock does a lot of the heavy lifting. In the MCU, it looks like it’s all Captain Marvel and Goose. To be honest, I see a lot of overlap between
Does a Real Cat Play Goose in the Captain Marvel Movie?
Absolutely! Marvel tells all about what it was like working with Reggie, the cat that plays Goose in the film. Animals in movies are always tricky. Apparently, Brie Larson is pretty allergic to cats, and Samuel L. Jackson just doesn’t dig pets much at all.
You can’t tell in the movie, though. For one, Goose is actually played by three different versions: the real cat himself, a stuffed cat, and a CGI cat. Each one is used when it bests suits the needs of the filmmakers and the cast.
Before the release of the movie, Marvel did a live stream of Reggie/Goose, and it was fantastic – especially for cat lovers like me. If you want to watch it again, just press play on the video below.
Where Can I Get Goose the Cat Merch Like Toys and T-Shirts?
If you’re like me, you can’t wait to get your hands on awesome stuff like shirts and Funko Pops and keychains. I’ve already got my Goose T-shirt (and I’m wearing it right now!).
Check out some of the great Goose the Cat merch that’s on Amazon, all from the comfort of D Is for Disney!
Honestly, I don’t want to say anything else. There’s so much you can talk about with Goose, but I’ll wait until after opening weekend. I want to make sure plenty of people have seen the movie before talking about the implications of Goose the Cat and Captain Marvel for the wider Marvel Cinemati Universe.
Have you seen the movie yet? What’s your favorite thing about Captain Marvel, or about Goose the Cat? Let us know in the comments!
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