Is the Adorable Cat in the ‘Captain Marvel’ Trailer Actually Evil? A ScreenCrush Investigation
The following post may contain SPOILERS for Captain Marvel. It may not, though, cause we’re mostly just making this up as we go along.
The new Captain Marvel trailer has been up for less than 24 hours and it’s already made a social media superstar of the film’s newest cast member: An adorable kitty. In the trailer’s final moments, noted badass Samuel L. Jackson pauses to pet and coo over a handsome tabby. A shocked and appalled Carol Danvers (Brie Larson) tells him to cut it out and get back to business:
There are already entire blog posts dedicated to the internet freaking out about Sam Jackson petting a cat. Alas, I come with ill tidings. I regret to inform you: The cat is apparently evil.
A little while ago, Hasbro sent around the first pictures of their Captain Marvel toy line. And look at the accessory that comes with the (impressively lifelike) SLJ Marvel Legends figure:
Yep apparently the cat — who’s named “Goose” in homage to Top Gun, another film about amazing fighter pilots (who may or may not also be alien warriors who can shoot lasers from their fists, I don’t know, it’s been a while since I saw Top Gun) — winds up turning on our heroes. Why Goose why?!?
It’s always dangerous to read too much into movie toys; just because there are figures of the Joker cosplaying as Batman doesn’t mean he’s actually going to do that in Suicide Squad, to name just one example. Still, these Marvel Legends figures are usually very close to the actual films — and it’s hard to imagine Hasbro giving a Nick Fury a Goose-in-handcuffs accessory if that scene didn’t actually appear in the film.
So Goose, at some point, goes bad. But Hasbro is also making toys with an extremely cheerful and happy Goose. Like this one:
Aw, look at the cute harbinger of doom!
So what gives? While this is all conjecture, it’s worth remembering: Captain Marvel is about a war between the Kree and another alien race, the Skrulls. And the Skrulls can change shape. That’s why Captain Marvel smacked that old lady right in the kisser in the first Captain Marvel trailer. People freaked out about the ethics of a superhero punching grannies (seriously — there were hot takes about it and everything) but the new Captain Marvel trailer makes it very clear that she was hunting down a Skrull in disguise.
So my guess: Goose is a Skrull. Or, at least, at some point he is a Skrull. It’s possible there is an adorable friendly cat at whatever building Fury and Danvers are sneaking around in, and he tags along on their adventures and later he’s replaced by a Skrull agent. Or the cat is always evil and Hasbro just made cute cat toys because, hey, why not? Either way, I would be shocked if Goose here doesn’t go full Iceman (Val Kilmer, not Bobby Drake) on Captain Marvel at some point. Captain Marvel opens in theaters on March 8, 2019.
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