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  • The name "SHIELD" is used throughout the film. But this is a film set in 1995. That name/acronym wasn't created until 2008, in the first Iron Man film's epilogue, when Coulson coins the abbreviation, as the organization was originally referred to by its full unabbreviated name (the Agent Carter one-shot makes this error as well).
  • First time you see the Harley Davidson Sportster that Vers/Carol will steal, it is a mirror image. HD Sportster has the air filter and exhaust pipes on right side of the bike, not on the left.
  • The movie is set in June 1995 as evidenced by a calendar that appears next to Fury's head in one scene, however several scenes contain pop culture references to things that are out of place. In the Block Buster scene a copy of the film First Knight (1995) can be seen however this would not be released in cinemas until July of that year. The song "Only Happy when it Rains" by Garbage is heard playing on a pub jukebox although the song would not be released until August 1995 on Garbage's self-titled album and as a single the following month. A poster can be seen for the album Melon Collie and the Infinite Sadness by The Smashing Pumpkins which would not finish recording until August 1995 and not be released until October. The operating system Windows 95 in the audio CD scene was released August 24, 1995.
  • The small plane at Rambeau's place in Lousiana has LED landing/taxi lights on the nose - these were not available in 1995.
  • Towards the end we explore Carol Danvers' subconscious and the Nirvana song "Come as You Are" is played on a record player. That song was released on the album Nevermind in September 1991, and as a single in March 1992. The film takes place in 1995 and Danvers left Earth in 1989. How that song came to be in her subconscious is unclear.
  • When Stan Lee is rehearsing for his part in Mallrats, it is out of place as the film is set in June 95' and the filming of Mallrats took place between 6th March and 12 April 95'. It's never stated that he's rehearsing the part. He may have been done filming and was simply reminiscing, looking at the script.
  • Skrulls can mimic any person they see down to the DNA level. This must include their vocal cords too. However when a male skrull mimics a woman on the beach his (or technically hers) voice is still the same. This is Talos as there are other times he fails to mimic the voice, his mimic skills must not be as good as other Skrulls.
  • Talos brings the audio which he claimed he obtained from black box. The black box is usually located in the tail section of an aircraft. In the movie, Carol shot at the energy core which is also located at the tail section. Unless it was located elsewhere, or unusually hardened, it's unlikely the Black box would survive the huge explosion.
  • The fight on the LA Metro light rail starts near the Douglas station in El Segundo, SE of Los Angeles International Airport. This is part of the Green Line which runs East-West. The fight concludes on a train headed into a tunnel--this is part of the Blue Line which runs North-South--and ends at the 7th St/Metro station in downtown Los Angeles. To get from the Green Line to the Blue Line, one must transfer at the Willowbrook/Rosa Parks station in Compton/Watts. The travel time is also grossly compressed; in reality it would take well over half an hour to get from Douglas to 7th/Metro. The exterior of the station where Carol exits also doesn't match; it is the Civic Center station, which would involve another transfer onto the Red Line from where she got off the train.
  • The F-15s in the movie belong to the 144th FW of the California Air National Guard. The 144th didn't convert to F-15s until 2013-2014 and were flying F-16s in 1995.
  • When Danvers and Fury arrive at the Pegasus base one of the aircraft in the hangar is an F-22 Raptor. Although this movie is set in 1995 the first Raptor didn't fly until 1997...two years after the events of the film.
  • The security guard appears to lower window for Captain Marvel by electric window but when he rolls down the window for Nick Fury, it is a manual window.
  • While True Lies was released in theaters in 1994 it was not released on VHS or home video till August 31, 1999, four plus years after the movie was supposed to take place.
  • When Fury hits his car while following Carol Denvers, he is injured, and in the background you can hear someone shouting to call 911. 911 service was only started after 2001, while the movie is set in the 90s.
  • In this movie, Fury uses the abbreviated name SHIELD but as per Iron Man, which occurred in 2008 (13 years later), the acronym SHIELD had not yet been coined. Agent Coulson still referred to it as Strategic Homeland Intervention, Enforcement, and Logistics Division.
  • Fury makes a common vocabulary mistake when typing, using the phrase "comprised of" (which makes no sense). He should have used either "composed of" or "comprising."
  • Vers' crash-landing point in Los Angeles is in the Valley Plaza area of the San Fernando Valley, based on visible landmarks such as the Valley Plaza Tower, which can be seen in several shots. There are (and were) no above-ground rail lines in this area, and the Douglas rail station featured prominently soon after is 28 miles south.
  • When Fury is loading up the black box recording of the crash on the computer. You can see a Microsoft Excel file icon on the desktop, denoted with a square, green logo on the top left of the icon. That particular design of the Microsoft Excel logo first appeared in the 2003 edition of Microsoft Excel.
  • When Fury is loading the black box recording on to the computer. The Windows operating system that is displayed contains desktop icon designs that were first introduced in Windows 2000. This version of Windows was first available to manufactures late 1999 and released retail early 2000, over four years after the events of the film.
  • At the beginning of the sequence involving Captain Marvel fighting a Skrull disguised as an elderly woman, Captain Marvel enters the train in between cars. This could not happen in real life as all Metro Rail Trains are not designed to have passengers travel between cars in this fashion.
  • What Talos called the 'black box' would really have been the Cockpit Voice Recorder, since the black box(es) in an aircraft don't actually record audio. The CVR is also located in / near the cockpit, so wouldn't have been destroyed when Carol blew up the engine core on her crashed aircraft.
  • At Rambeau's place you see a keypad for a security system on the wall, that model keypad did not come out until 2005 or so.
  • When Vers first approaches the security guard in his car after coming out of the Blockbuster and knocks on the window, he lowers his window where you can hear the window's electric motor working. When the SHIELD agents knock on the car's window again later, the guard lowers the window with a crank.
  • When Vers breaks out of captivity after escaping from the mind probe near the beginning of the film she is barefoot yet she seems to acquire a new pair of boots somewhere along the way as she is wearing them by the time she lands on earth.
  • When Vers/Danvers enters Pancho's bar, there is a small poster announcing a Texas Hold'em Tournament. Hold'em did not become a popular bar game until the late 2000s. The first use of hole/lipstick cameras on ESPN broadcasts of the 2002 World Series of Poker and the World Poker Tour beginning to air on the Travel Channel in 2003 led to the popularity of Hold'em for the poker masses. - Daniel L. 'Doc' Cox, Author of "Winning Blue-Collar Hold'em"
  • A Skrull's power to shape-shift includes changing their clothes. But when Fury kills the Skrull impersonating Coulson, only his face changes back to normal while he is still wearing a black agent suit. Every time that a Skrull dies, they revert back to their true form, but the clothes remain unchanged. The big question is if their abilities extend to their clothes, or if the clothes changes because of advanced technology. In the case of the latter, it'd be a separate feature from their own biological ability to change. This is inconsistent, though, as at one point a Skrull impersonates Vers in her Kree uniform but when killed the clothing changes to the nondescript black garments the Skrulls are wearing on their ship.
  • When Nick Fury is questioning Captain Marvel after trashing the Blockbuster Video store, a Sears store is seen in the distance bearing the incorrect logo for 1995. The all-lowercase "sears" wordmark seen in the movie wouldn't be adopted until 2010.
  • When Denvers fist meets Fury, to test if he's a disguised Skrull she asks him to tell her about his past, as Skrull's cannot access distant memories. But since Denvers had just met Fury, she would have no way of knowing what he has told her is true or not.
  • While Fury and Capt Marvel are waiting in the office, at Pegasus, the bulletin board has a DOL 2019 poster. Red is the color scheme for 2019.
  • After Vers crash-lands at the Blockbuster video store, a poster for the movie Babe (1995) can be seen in a window display. However, that movie would not be released in U.S. theaters until August 1995, two months after this film's setting, and it would not be released on home video until March 1996.
  • When Vers/Danvers/Captain Marvel crash lands on Earth and must build a communication device to contact her Kree cohorts using "primitive" earth objects that she "borrowed" from Radio Shack. One of the items that it implies she took from Radio Shack, was a GameBoy device. Problem is: GameBoy devices (just like so many other name-brand game consoles) were never sold in Radio Shack stores.
  • The film is set in 1985 but the Los Angeles Light Railway featured in the film did not become operational until July 1990.
  • When Goose is at Talos' feet, he takes a step back. Goose is then picked up from at least six feet away.
  • The character of Maria Rambeau could not have existed. While there were female U.S. Air Force fighter pilots in the late 1980s in non-combat roles, such as the experimental unit suggested by the film, there were no black female fighter pilots in any U.S. armed service until much later. The first U.S. black female fighter pilot was Shawna Rochelle Kimbrell, who graduated from the Air Force Academy in 1998 and did not become a fighter pilot until 2000, long after the events of this film.
  • A reveal at the end of the film is that Captain Carol Danvers' call sign (nickname) as a fighter pilot was "Avenger." While this serves as a plot mechanism to explain how the Avengers were named, Danvers would not have realistically received such a call sign. First, call signs are almost always pejorative, for instance based on something unwise a new pilot may have done or said. Second, being one of a very few female fighter pilots in the 1980s (prior to the 1991 Tailhook naval aviation sexual harassment scandal), Danvers would have almost certainly received a call sign related to her gender in an unflattering way. Either way, "Avenger" would never happen unless there was a story behind it that did not reflect well on her. Since we see very little of Carol Danvers' time as an Air Force pilot, there is no reason to assume that no such story exists. There's nothing inherently pejorative about Maria Rambeau's call sign, "Photon", either. What makes a person's call sign meaningful comes from the story behind it, not merely the word used, and we aren't given any information about the stories behind Danvers' and Rambeau's call signs.
  • Multiple characters refer to the S.H.I.E.L.D. agency by name. However, it is stated in Iron Man (2008) that the phonics acronym was a recent change. According to the official MCU time line, Iron Man (2008) takes place in 2010, where Captain Marvel (2019) takes place in 1995, 15 years prior.
  • Video clip of Danvers using her hand before its out of its shackle.
  • At around 0:34 minutes in the film, Nick Fury shows his ID and says "Official S.H.I.E.L.D. activity". Also around 0:42 minutes he identifies himself as Nicholas Joseph Fury, Agent of S.H.I.E.L.D. But the term S.H.I.E.L.D. was not used untill the events of Iron Man (2008) when Agent Phil Coulson meets Pepper during press conference & says he is from "Strategic Homeland Intervention, Enforcement and Logistics Division". It was only at the end of Iron Man (2008) that Phil says now they are known by S.H.I.E.L.D. Since Captain Marvel is set in 1995, there is no way this acronym could have been used. Coulson never says that they are now known as SHIELD. When Pepper tries to say the full name, Coulson responds: "just call it SHIELD". Even if one regards that as the birth of acronym, it has been ignored since the start of the MCU. The opening montage of The Incredible Hulk (2008) shows a document, written before 2008, where the organization is identified as "Shield". Marvel One-Shot: Agent Carter (2013) (set in 1946) calls the organization "SHIELD". As does flashbacks (that take place before the events of Iron Man) in Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. (2013).
  • Maria Rambeau wears a necklace That has the name Monica which is her daughters name.
  • Fury talks about WIFI password, WiFi didn't exist until 1997. But SHIELD has technology ahead of the rest of the world, so this isn't unheard of.
  • Vers changes out of her "scuba suit" and into clothes she takes off of a mannequin. She then rides off on a motorcycle without her suit. Yet later on when she is ready to fly into space, she has the suit on again even though she left it back at the store. There is no evidence that she left the suit at the store; the mannequin she took the clothing from is stripped bare, and the suit is not seen lying around. Given the properties demonstrated by the suit elsewhere in the movie (particularly the space helmet that forms by itself), it is probable that the entire suit uses some kind of nanoparticle construction that can re-form into different configurations. This kind of technology has been seen being used elsewhere in the Kree's sphere of influence. The suit might simply deconstruct into a small container that can be put in a pocket.
  • The plane they fly into space and back to earth would have burned up on reentry since it was not designed for nor equipped with heat shields.
  • When the characters first take the the modified plane into outer space, they immediately become weightless and start floating once they leave Earth's atmosphere. Earth's gravity is not created by the atmosphere, but by the mass of Earth itself. (The moon is still caught in Earth's gravitational pull.) Secondly, the plane is shown to still be accelerating away from Earth, which would have, at the least, pushed them back in their seats. In simple terms, weightlessness in space is caused by continually falling back toward the surface (due to gravity) but moving fast enough sideways to avoid hitting the Earth.
  • The fire extinguishers in the film, like in the records room, are 2016 and later models, which would not have existed in 1995.
  • Captain Marvel is set in June 1995. During the movie, you see them doing a web search on AltaVista. But AltaVista was not released until December 15, 1995, by Digital Equipment Corp.
  • The plot centers around a light-speed engine that would be of immense value to one of the alien races given how fast it will allow them to travel through space. Their method of travel, however, is already drastically faster than light speed. Utilizing this engine would actually slow them down considerably. This could have been made clearer in the movie, but the FTL travel used by the Kree is a network of "jump points", essentially stable wormholes. This is the same method used in both Guardians films. The jump points exist in fixed locations and lead to other fixed locations, and their distribution is irregular. The lightspeed engine described in the film would presumably permit travel at lightspeed (or faster) directly rather than by means of jump points. This would enable trips to places that might not be readily reachable by jumps, and therefore would make a ship with such an engine much harder to track and follow for someone without such an engine.
  • The Windows sound 'chord.wav' is used in the internet café scene. However, the sound changed with the release of Windows 98 in 1998. At the time of the film's setting, the computers would have used the old 'chord' sound.
  • When Danvers is seen looking in her past she is flying F-15E model aircraft but when she goes to the bar, the photo shows F-15A models E models have a distinctive dark gray paint scheme while the a and c have a lighter tone with the c model looking more cloud covered.
  • They don't show how Dr. Wendy Lawson got the Tesseract (a.k.a. The Cosmic Cube).
  • In Pegasus headquarters, when Vers and Fury escape from the Archive level (-5) they should hit level -4 through a hole in the ceiling. As they continue to escape up the stairs and then meet Coulson, they are still on the level -4.
  • When Carol walks into the bar, she sees a Street Fighter II Champion Edition arcade cabinet, which she seems to recall playing in her past life. But her past life ended in 1989, no fewer than two years before the release of Street Fighter II.
  • After inserting the CD into the computer it takes a long time to "load". This delay was intended to show that computers of the time were much slower than modern computers. This is complete nonsense, as this was an audio CD and not a data CD, in which case it would only take a second or so, just like in any audio CD player.
  • Ronan "drops" what he calls "ballistic weapons" on Earth. "Ballistic" weapons refers generally to surface-to-surface weapons following a suborbital path, meaning they could not be called this when dropped from space to the ground. Nor could you "drop" them, as they would not fall directly to Earth unless powered. They would enter orbit until the orbit decayed.
  • Ronan refers to the warheads being launched as "ballistic warheads". The definition of "ballistic" is that it is launched, but not propelled, and are only powered by gravity. Since the items being launched have engines, they have propulsion, and are not "ballistic". Even if the warheads were to separate and fall independently, a "ballistic warhead" is one that follows a "ballistic path", which is arc like, being propelled up, then falling with the aid of gravity.
  • The film is set in 1995, but the NASCAR footage on the TV screen in the bar is clearly from 1996, as it shows Bill Elliott's #94 car, which was all red in 1995. The 1996 car is red with large white portions on the front of the car, and those can be clearly seen on the screen.
  • The True Lies cardboard cutout (which Vers eventually blast the head off of) has Jaime Lee Curtis on the left, facing out, in the wide shot. Then, inside the store, there is no other cutout, and Jaime Lee Curtis is again on the left, now facing in.
  • The movie is set in June 1995. It features the song "Only Happy When it Rains" by Garbage, and has it playing on a jukebox. The song was released in September 1995.
  • As Carol Danvers walks through the Pancho's Bar, she's hit with a swarm of memories in front of her, including one quick shot of her celebrating after winning a round on the Street Fighter II arcade game. The Street Fighter II arcade cabinet wasn't released until 1991, two years after Carol was believed to be dead. By the time Street Fighter II was released, Carol would have already been part of Starforce and therefore unable to play the game in the years before then. In fact, the cabinet shown in Captain Marvel is Street Fighter II: Champion Edition, which wasn't released until 1992. This is incorrectly regarded as a goof. If you watch closely, you'll see that the memory is actually of her playing a pinball machine, Stern's Flight 2000, which you can see the marquee of around her head. In addition you can see the ghost of the actual machine, and that her stance and hands are correct to be playing the pinball machine, not Street Fighter. (38:32-38:34 in the film) The Red carpet premiere on marvel.com shows a promotional still at 1:06:39 of Bree in costume playing Stern's Flight, which you can compare the marquee and machine ghost in the film to.
  • The popular '90s song "Just a Girl" by No Doubt makes a prominent appearance on the Captain Marvel soundtrack towards the end of the movie. The film is set months before this song even came out (according to the Stan Lee cameo and a calendar seen in the background). However, it is just soundtrack, and not being heard "in universe."
  • The blue striping on the Street Fighter cabinet was not usually done back in 1995, that is something that people only do these days when restoring them. Back then it would have just been solid black. Also, that is an LCD flat screen monitor in the cabinet which did not exist then. Back then it would have been a rounded CRT monitor.
  • After Carol meets the motorcycle rider, and he goes inside, she looks at the bike before stealing it. In this shot the bike is "photo" reversed. The exhaust pipes are on the left side (which should be on the right) and the kick stand is on the right (which should be on the left) However, the store signs and other details are the correct orientation.
  • When Danvers is upside down in the mind reading device and then fights all the guards at around 20 minutes into the film, She's still wearing the hand cuffs (steel gloves) but when she reaches to open the door with the access panel, it looks like she uses her bare hand to touch the panel, but actually she uses her bare foot.
  • The operating system on Maria's PC is Windows Me. However, this version was not released until September 2000. This can be recognized by the trash bin icons and Internet Explorer.
  • The film is set in 1985 but the Los Angeles Light Railway featured in the film did not become operational until July 1990.
  • When everybody is waiting for Maria Rambeau's PC to load the CD, you can see the taskbar of the Windows operating system on the bottom of the screen. The separated space of the taskbar on the right shows the speaker icon and, normally, also the clock. When the clock is disabled, as it is on this PC, this specific taskbar area normally gets reduced in size by the space the clock would normally take up. This is not the case, it is just empty.
  • When Vers crashes into the Blockbuster Video, the exterior shot shows that the "True Lies" cardboard standee is facing outward, being displayed in the store's window. When Vers blasts the standee a few moments later, the standee is flipped, facing inward.
  • Many of the VHS titles displayed on the Blockbuster Video shelves are out of order alphabetically and mixed genres. When Vers picks up "The Right Stuff" video box, it was previously shown to be the "Family" section. "Legends of the Fall" is displayed on the shelf directly behind her while it can simultaneously be seen on the New Release wall in the background.
  • When we first see Vers, she is looking at the green blood on the palm of her hand but in the next shot she is looking at the back of her hand.
  • In the Avengers (2012), Nick Fury mentions that Thor's appearance and fight with the Destroyer is first contact with an alien race. While he could be lying to maintain secrecy of when humans truly had first contact, he and S.H.I.E.L.D. learn of aliens as early as 1995 from the events of this movie.

Spoilers

  • This film shows how Fury lost the use of his left eye. Captain America: The Winter Soldier features a photograph of Fury being sworn in as director of SHIELD, clearly at a later time than this film. In that photograph, his left eye is in perfect working order. While we have not seen any footage of Fury from the period between this movie and his assumption of the directorship of S.H.I.E.L.D., and Coulson presented him with a case of glass eyes at the end of the movie, Fury could not have been using a glass eye when he took directorship of S.H.I.E.L.D. as it is shown in Captain America: Winter Soldier that under his eye patch is his original(non-working) eye.
  • Each time a Kree, including Vers, enters a non-breathable environment his/her suit automatically wraps them with protective headgear. During the ending scene, Carol Danvers zips around in outer space without the previously seen reaction from her suit.
  • After the events of Captain Marvel, the method of how Mar Vell got her hands on the Tesseract is unclear. At the end of CA: The First Avenger, the Tesseract is lost in the ocean after Cap's battle with Red Skull and is fished out by Howard Stark. Nick Fury confirms this in 2012's the Avengers when he tells Cap that they stumbled upon the Tesseract while they were looking for him after his crash in the ice. So is assumed that SHIELD held onto the Tesseract for the next 70 years until Loki stole the it from them. But some time after Howard Stark found it Mar Vell got her hands on it. It came back into SHEILD possession after Goose ate it and Carol gave the creature to Fury, telling him to keep the Tesseract on Earth. In the second post credit scene Goose regurgitates it onto Fury's desk.
  • In The Avengers (2012), Nick Fury mentions that Thor's appearance and fight with the Destroyer is first contact with an alien race. He could be lying to maintain secrecy of when humans truly had first contact, as he and S.H.I.E.L.D. learn of aliens as early as 1995 from the events of this movie. However, the over 15-year delay in starting to research the Tesseract to use as a weapon to protect Earth from aliens makes it much more likely this is actually a mistake in the overall continuity of the movies.
  • In The Avengers (2012), Nick Fury mentions that Howard Stark found the Tesseract while looking for Captain America in the ice. It was also shown in Captain America: The First Avenger (2011). In a flashback scene to 1970 in Avengers: Endgame (2019), it was shown to be stored in a S.H.I.E.L.D. facility on the military base where Captain America was created. In Avengers, the Tesseract is shown to be in possession of Project Pegasus, the same organization that Dr. Wendy Lawson (Mar-Vell) worked for. At some point in the 1970s or early 1980s, S.H.I.E.L.D. must have passed the Tessaract to Project Pegasus. Lawson would then be able to acquire it from Project Pegasus, in the 1980s, then Carol returned it in 1995.
  • There is no explanation as to how the Avengers were able to find the pager that Nick Fury used to contact Captain Marvel. At the time that the signal was sent, Fury was in New York City (or DC, it's hard to tell) while the Avengers were all the way in Africa; the travel time from Wakanda to NYC would have been more than enough time for that pager to have been moved around, crushed, or buried in ash (due to Thanos' actions), and thus would have made finding the pager the equivalent of finding a needle in a factory-sized haystack.
  • When Carol removes the control device from her neck, it is actually her avatar doing it while in a virtual reality session with the Supreme Intelligence. While certainly possible in a ridiculous comic book movie, it was not previously established in the film that actions in virtual reality could have such a direct a physiological connection, so the internal logic cheats.
  • Inside Carol's mind, Supreme Intelligence (in the form of Dr. Lawson) has a vinyl record of the Nirvana song "Come As You Are" playing. "Come As You Are" was released on the Nirvana album Nevermind in 1992, three years after Carol Danvers was abducted by the Kree.
  • The surviving Avengers are shown at the end of this movie in the mid-credits scene desperately attempting to use Fury's beeper to contact Captain Marvel without knowing who he was trying to reach. However, there is no explanation for how they found the beeper in the first place, and how they identified it as belonging to Fury, as it was simply on the ground near his car in the middle of New York city. And Fury had no chance to contact anyone else about the potential importance of the beeper.
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