When the new Captain Marvel flick hits the screens next month, all eyes will be on a ginger moggie named Goose. In fact, this character is no moggie at all – but actually an extraterrestrial who just happens to look like an Earth cat.
In a video released online for this year’s #LoveYourPetDay, actor Samuel L. Jackson, who plays Nick Fury in the movie, gushes about one of his co-stars:
“Effortless. Enigmatic. Fearless.”
The video is titled A Perfect Partnership, so we are led to believe that he and actress Brie Larson – who plays Carol Danvers/Captain Marvel in new superhero picture and sits alongside him for the video - are waxing lyrical about each other.
“Talented. Refined. Iconic,” Larson chimes in.
“Oh, thanks Brie!” Jackson replies.
Cue the big reveal: Goose the ginger cat is also sitting alongside them (crudely greenscreened into the shot).
“Oh, I was actually just talking about Goose,” apologizes the cheese-named actress.
“Ah! Yeah, so was I,” says Jackson, covering up his embarrassment.
Just to complicate things, Goose is portrayed in the new movie by four different cats - Reggie, Archie, Rizzo, and Gonzo – although whether this is due to animal welfare laws or a conflict of schedules is not known.
You can be my wingcat any time
In the comics that inspired this, the twenty-somethingth entry in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, Danvers’/Marvel’s cat/alien is named Chewie, in tribute to the giant space rug man in Star Wars.
Presumably Disney, who are co-producing the picture, didn’t want to confuse people with a second hairy spaceship wingman named Chewie. Instead, for the new movie, Danvers is said to have named her cat after Tom Cruise’s wingman in 1980s gay pilot movie Top Gun: the tragic figure of Goose, so nobly interpreted by actor Anthony Edwards.
Whether Goose the Marvel character would appreciate being bigged-up on #LoveYourPetDay, we can’t be sure. After all, he’s less a pet that a lost tourist – a ‘Flerken’ from outer space, not a kitty from the streets.
“Flerken can store and hatch more than 100 eggs,” CRB tells us, “possess massive, purple tentacles that can sprout from their mouths, as well as reportedly contain entire pocket dimensions inside themselves.”
Hardly sounds “effortless” as Jackson puts it – but you’d have to agree, the thing is pretty “talented.”