A throwaway line in Captain America: The Winter Soldier, however, suggests Nick Fury can’t trust this feline.
On Monday, during the Eagles/Redskins game on ESPN’s Monday Night Football, Marvel debuted the new trailer for Captain Marvel, starring Brie Larson and the first female superhero movie from Marvel Studios. (Marvel’s really going for that distinction too, with the amount of “SHE-RO” titles in the trailer.)
Among other things, including confirmation that the elderly woman Carol Danvers punches is in fact an alien Skrull in disguise, the trailer gives heaping doses of an adorable blonde tabby cat named “Goose.” And the cat really likes Nick Fury! They’re really adorable together. Ever see Sam Jackson fawn over a kitty? Actually, yes, but now we get to see it in a Marvel movie.
However, on Reddit’s r/fantheories, some Marvel fans are speculating whether or not Nick Fury loses his eye because of Goose. (For the record, I don’t buy it, but I’ve been wrong before.)
Fury has only ever talked about his missing eye once in the MCU. In 2014’s Captain America: The Winter Soldier, Nick Fury tells Steve Rogers:
“Last time I trusted someone, I lost an eye. Look, I didn’t want you doing anything you weren’t comfortable with. Agent Romanoff is comfortable with everything.”
Now, some fan thinks it’s Goose that Nick Fury “trusted” and cost him his eye. And if you know the comics, there’s some credence to this. Mainly because Goose actually isn’t a cat. Goose is a freaking alien.
Goose, whose name in the comics is actually “Chewie” (yes, for Chewbacca) debuted in 2006 in Giant-Size Ms. Marvel #1, when Carol debuted in her black costume and operated under the name “Ms. Marvel.”
Goose is a species known as flerkens, aliens who resemble Earth cats but wield a scary amount of superpowers. In fact, in a crossover with the Guardians of the Galaxy in Captain Marvel #7 from 2014, Rocket tries to get rid of Goose/Chewie before she lays eggs, fearing Goose will allow the universe to become overrun with flerkens.
Captain Marvel soars into theaters on March 8, 2019.
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