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Don’t Underestimate The Importance Of Captain Marvel’s Cat

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(May contain potential spoilers, as it references Captain Marvel’s comic book roots.)


For years, comic book fans have been clamoring to see Captain Marvel on the big screen and now Marvel’s most powerful superhero is finally getting a standalone film.  Set to weave into the Avengers universe that has been carefully thought up over the last decade or so, Captain Marvel features Brie Larson as the title character, who, in the 1990s, becomes a superhero and gets caught in the middle of a galactic war between two alien races.  With Samuel L. Jackson set to reprise his role as Nick Fury and new additions like Minn-Erva and Talos, audiences will be thrust into the backstory and quickly learn other supporting characters to the Marvel Cinematic Universe – but there’s one character in the film that could very well steal the show.

If you’re familiar with Captain Marvel’s various comic book arcs – a character which was originally created by Stan Lee back in 1967 – in later iterations when Carol Danvers was the superhero’s alter-ego, she had an adorable pet cat named Chewie.  This orange feline, Danvers believed, was just a simple domesticated cat but in actuality, Chewie – who received his name because Danvers thought he looked a lot like Chewbacca from Star Wars – was an alien species known as a “Flerken,” which is explained to her by Rocket Raccoon, the leader of the Guardians of the Galaxy.  From there, the plotline once focused on Chewie laying over 100 eggs and Captain Marvel ultimately having to fend them off.

Chewie’s powers in the books are fairly limited, though he’s able to access “bubbles” in his body and these so-called bubbles offer access to pocket dimensions which can store eggs, fanged mouths and even tentacles for attacking purposes.  It also allows Chewie the ability to teleport and that specific detail could play a massive role in the MCU, perhaps.

The film version of Chewie, from the little information already revealed on the trailer and media interviews, will be just a little different.  Chewie will be known instead by the name Goose, a nod to the 1980s classic Top Gun, perhaps because Disney doesn’t own the franchise.  While the feline pops into the trailer for just mere moments, he could be one of the MCU’s most important characters.  Goose might just be the villain of the film, in a roundabout way, and an integral part in the upcoming Avengers: Endgame.  This week, Marvel revealed the film’s posters and one features Goose.  So, for those of your scoring at home, there are five posters featuring men, four featuring women and one featuring a cat.  Why put a pretty minor character on the poster?  Sure, it could be a marketing ploy because, in a world where social media dominates and short 10-second videos rule, everyone lives a cute-looking kitty – much in the same way Star Wars Episode VIII: The Last Jedi pushed porgs on audiences.  But, we’re not buying that for one second.  He could be a pawn in continuing the cinematic universe following the Thanos storyline.

Like everyone else, we will just have to wait to see Captain Marvel in theaters, though if we had to bet, Goose will prove to be the character that brings about the emergence of Doctor Doom as Marvel looks to take the next step towards the future of the MCU.