“Captain Marvel” doesn’t have a sidekick, unless you count Carol’s pet cat Goose.
It’s a good thing Brie Larson got into such amazing shape for “Captain Marvel,” pushing around Jeeps and powerlifting and whatnot, so she could also carry around industrial-size containers of Benadryl.
Larson’s space-warrior superhero Carol Danvers joins up with S.H.I.E.L.D. agent Nick Fury (Samuel L. Jackson) and feline ally Goose in her new 1995-set adventure. One downside to this epic team-up: Larson was very allergic to Reggie, the actual cat playing Goose, Marvel’s newest furry scene-stealer.
“It was like the joke on set because I could do really crazy things stunt-wise, but the cat was a big obstacle for me,” Larson tells USA TODAY. “It’s weird how you can train and get your body to do insane things but allergies are kind of a hard stop. That’s where your body’s like, ‘That’s it.’ ”
Goose (Reggie the cat) is a faithful ally to the heroes of “Captain Marvel.” (Photo: MARVEL STUDIOS)
Larson takes allergy medicine “every day no matter what, because I’m just, like, allergic to the planet for some reason.” And from there, filmmakers would just have to be “very conscientious” about scenes where Larson and Reggie shared the same space, director Anna Boden explains.
Usually, a stuffed cat stood in if Carol didn’t have to touch Goose. In those instances where Larson did have to come in contact, “we’d have somebody there to wipe her hands afterward and to make sure that the cat wasn’t hanging around on set when it didn’t need to be.”
Luckily, Boden says, “Captain Marvel” is “really more about a love story between Goose and Nick Fury than it is a love story between her and Goose. Sam had to do a lot more of the getting really into the cat love there.”
It was a bit of a bummer for Larson. “I wish that it wasn’t the case!” she says of her feline aversion. “Cats are probably super-cool. I’ve just developed a sort of ‘you stay over there, I’ll be over here’ relationship, because it makes me break out in hives.”
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