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The Marvel Cinematic Universe has been on a serious roll with Phase Three, as every single blockbuster has been a critical and box office success. Moviegoers are still recovering from the wild events of Avengers: Endgame, but it hasn't been all that long since Captain Marvel arrived in theaters. Carol Danvers made her long-awaited debut in the process, but there was another newcomer that really stole the show: Goose the Cat.
Carol's pet was a welcomed source of comedy in Captain Marvel, especially when it was revealed that Goose was actually an alien species called a Flerken. Moviegoers loved the dynamic between Goose and Samuel L. Jackson's Nick Fury, and it turns out that Marvel Studios boss Kevin Feige pushed for more of the iconic pet in Captain Marvel. As co-director Anna Boden recently revealed:
When we were working on the first outline for this movie and we shared it with Kevin Feige, his first note was, 'We need 200 percent more Goose.'
And that's why they pay Kevin Feige the big bucks. Feige is the overall architect of the MCU, and is intimately involved with each new installment of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. As such, he contributes his ideas to new blockbusters, including Captain Marvel's focus on Goose the Cat.
Anna Boden's comments come from the special features of Captain Marvel's digital release (via Comic Book). Goose was always going to factor into the narrative of the '90s set origin story, but it looks like his presence in the film was beefed up after some feedback from Kevin Feige himself. This was probably the right call, as Goose quickly became a beloved figure in the MCU.
While seemingly a regular cat at first glance, Goose's true origin became clear as Captain Marvel's runtime continued on. It turns out that she was actually the pet of Dr. Wendy Lawson (Anette Bening), and was a Flerken all along. Goose had some deadly tentacles and was even able to swallow the tesseract and keep it in a pocket dimension within his body.
Aside from Goose's temporary possession of the Space Stone, perhaps his most surprising plot point was related to Nick Fury's eye. The MCU fandom was eager to see how Sam Jackson's iconic S.H.I.E.L.D. commander would end up with his iconic eye injury, especially after he teased that it was a major betrayal in Captain America: The Winter Soldier.
But rather than a conflict with the Kree or Skrulls, Nick Fury ended up getting scratched by Goose, and became the cycloptic Marvel figure we've known throughout the years. That twist likely wouldn't have been possible without Kevin Feige's suggestion to include more Goose in Captain Marvel.