People love cats. I love cats. Everyone loves cats. You don’t love cats? Okay, well you’re just an awful human being. But the point of this is that it’s easy to see why so many people are freaking out about Carol Danvers’ cat getting its own damn poster for the upcoming Captain Marvel film. It’s hilarious, adorable, and perfect for the internet age. However, as comic book fans know, it’s not a character made up for the film.
That’s right, Captain Marvel’s cat plays a role in the comic as well…though I won’t delve any details into the why or what behind that. But, one difference between the cat in the comics and the cat in the film is the name. The film’s cat has been widely advertised as Goose, which is quite the departure from Chewie, which is what Carol calls the cats in the comic. So why the change? Collider had a chance to speak with director Ryan Fleck and Anna Boden. Here’s what Fleck had to say:
“It wasn’t a big thing. It just felt like Star Wars was so part of the culture that, it just felt like we wanted to remove it a little bit, you know, the nostalgia for the Star Wars movies which there are so many of around us. You know, when we were kids, Star Wars felt like it was something from the 70s and 80s, and I think that was the spirit of Chewie from the comics but we felt like we wanted to sort of just slide away from that slightly.”
“Yeah, and just the idea of having a reference that would have been so specific to Carol Danvers’ past, as her past in the movie itself being a pilot in the 1980s when Top Gun was out and having a reference that felt a little bit more specific to her, whereas Chewie, when the comics were being written was a very specific reference in time but now with all the movies out it feels more contemporary and not so specific to her past.”
Okay, yeah, after hearing what Boden says, that makes complete sense. With that in mind, having Carol name the cat Chewie would almost feel disingenuous given the stuff they’re diving into in this film. But what do you think, comic book purists? Are you okay with the change? Let us know your thoughts down below!
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