The new Marvel movie, Captain Marvel, premieres in theaters in the U.S. this week. Most fans are tuning in for Brie Larson’s Carol Danvers and Samuel L. Jackson’s Nick Fury. They’re also here for how the film ties into Avengers: Infinity War and the upcoming Avengers: Endgame. But one of the biggest hooks for many when viewing the trailers was Goose, the orange tabby cat who charms Fury. Here’s what you need to know about Goose and how he fits into the MCU.
Goose’s name is a nod to another popular film
In the comics, Carol encounters an orange tabby cat, who’s named Chewie (like Chewbacca from Star Wars). In the film, the cat has the same appearance, but is named Goose instead. This is a fairly obvious nod to the Air Force pilot Goose from the 1986 movie Top Gun. While Chewie is definitely a female cat (more on that to come), Goose’s sex isn’t discussed in the film.
Goose is played by 4 different cats
Having an animal on set is typically a lot of work — it involves trainers and plenty of legal red tape in order to ensure the safety of everyone involved, including the animals. When it comes to Goose, there were actually four different cats portraying the character. The primary cat was Reggie, the “most experienced” of the bunch, along with Gonzo, Rizzo, and Archie. Additionally, there were times in which the cat was completed CG, and times in which a life-like puppet was used.
Goose may not be what he/she seems
There will be no spoiler here, but one thing fans of the comic books can tell you is that Carol’s cat isn’t what she seems to be. She ends up laying a whole bunch of eggs, identifying her as an alien creature known as a Flerken. It appears as though Goose spends a lot of time with Fury throughout the film, so if the cat is actually something else, it will likely be a shock the SHIELD agent.
You can get your very own Goose
One of the most exciting things for children when it comes to superhero films is collecting the toys and action figures that accompany them. As it turns out, there’s even another way to get your own Goose: Build-A-Bear has launched a Captain Marvel plush collection, featuring a bear version of the eponymous heroine and a big stuffed cat with a tag that read “Goose.”
Jackson and Larson both had their own issues with the cat
Though both are immediately drawn to the cat in the film, the actors Larson and Jackson weren’t as enamored with their feline co-star. Jackson admits that he’s “not a cat person,” though that doesn’t mean that he prefers dogs — he just doesn’t “engage” with pets typically.
On the other hand, Larson is actually allergic to cats. She jokes with Entertainment Weekly about how she had no problem doing all kinds of stunts, but when it came to scenes with the cat, they needed to find a workaround. However, things seemed to work out fine, and Goose manages to be a light-hearted addition to the film.