Goofs from Captain Marvel
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- (at around 25 mins) 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.
- (at around 34 mins) 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.
- (at around 1h 5 mins) When Goose is at Talos' feet, he takes a step back. Goose is then picked up from at least six feet away.
- (at around 34 mins) Nick Fury shows his ID and says "Official S.H.I.E.L.D. activity". Also a bit later 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 until 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).
- (at around 35 mins) 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 (at around 1h 16 mins), 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 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- (at around 1h 5 mins) 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.
- (at around 1h 40 mins) 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.
- (at around 23 mins) The True Lies (1994) cardboard cutout (which Vers eventually blast the head off of) has Jamie 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.
- (at around 38 mins) 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.
- (at around 38 mins) 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 (1993), 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. 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.
- (at around 1h 35 mins) 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."
- (at around 38 mins) 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.
- (at around 35 mins) 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.
- (at around 20 mins) When Danvers is upside down in the mind reading device and then fights all the guards, 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.
- (at around 1h 6 mins) 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.
- (at around 1h 6 mins) 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.
- (at around 24 mins) 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 (1983) video box, it was previously shown to be the "Drama" section. Legends of the Fall (1994) is displayed on the shelf directly behind her while it can simultaneously be seen on the New Release wall in the background.
- (at around 1 min) 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.
- The plane Captain Marvel flies into space and back to earth would have burned up on reentry since it was not designed for nor equipped with heat shields. Also the jet engines would not have functioned in space since there is no air.
- This film shows how Fury lost the use of his left eye. Captain America: The Winter Soldier (2014) 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.
- 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.
- (at around 1h 50 mins) 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.
- 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.
- (at around 1h 30 mins) 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.
- (at around 1h 27 mins) 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.