Why ‘Captain Marvel’ Writers Had To Change Goose’s Name

Captain Marvel's cat Goose
Goose, the animal character of Captain Marvel and the titular hero’s pet, is getting a lot of attention, being called the breakout star of the film by those who got to see it early. The reasons behind this are still being kept under wraps (though some believe that there is more to Goose than it seems), but fans of the comics will notice something different about Carol’s favorite cat. In the comics, her name isn’t ‘Goose’ at all. It’s actually Chewie, as in Chewbacca from Star Wars. Instead of keeping that name, the writers chose to name it after Tom Cruise’s famous co-pilot from Top Gun; fitting, considering Carol Danvers’ past as a fighter pilot.


With Star Wars back and in the forefront of pop culture once again, directors Anna Boden and Ryan Fleck confirmed in an interview with Collider that they wanted to draw attention away from the sci-fi fantasy behemoth so as to not confuse anyone.


‘It wasn’t a big thing,’ Fleck explained. ‘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.’


Anna Boden elaborated further: ‘Yeah, and just the idea that having a reference that would be 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.’


You can see what the fuss around Goose is all about when Captain Marvel comes out in theaters on March 8 2019. Stay tuned to Movie News Net for more updates on Captain Marvel.