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In the ending credits of Captain Marvel Goose is hacking up what appears to be a hairball. How did the animal handlers make the cat convulse and hack the way she did? Was this all CGI?

Goose

(See high definition video here:)

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    I´m not a cat expert, but my impression is that cats tend to convulse and spit hairballs on their own a lot and do not need any encouragement... – Rebel-Scum Oct 8 at 17:58
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    @ZeissIkon Maybe a short hair would be unlikely to ever develop hairballs, but no level of grooming will prevent a long hair cat that self-grooms from developing hairballs. – tbrookside Oct 8 at 18:16
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    I hope you're not referring specifically to the screenshot in your question, because the cat in that one is obviously CGI. – Andres F. Oct 8 at 18:41
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    @ZeissIkon My cat would happily eat pine needles. Her gut would not happily digest them. – ceejayoz Oct 8 at 20:03
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    The downvotes will be from people who believe the question is low-effort because the cat is "obviously" CGI. It's not because animal welfare is "unpopular" here, and it's certainly not because the question is off-topic. Personally, I think it's admirable that Marvel's CGI has gotten so good that you believed it was a real cat and got concerned enough to ask this. – F1Krazy Oct 9 at 13:47
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It could have very well been CGI


As mentioned by the VFX technician involved in Captain Marvel, Chris Townsend in his interview with the Huffington Post:

There are about over 100 shots of the cat in the film, 70 or 80 of them are CG. So convincing was the CGI that, [according to Townsend], even the movie's directors Anna Boden and Ryan Fleck couldn't tell the computer-generated cat from the real ones.

So, about 80% CG shots for the cat. This could very well include the tesseract scene.

Additionally, Townsend mentions that,

"Whenever Brie’s holding a cat, almost always it’s a CG cat, and a lot of the times when the cat is on Nick Fury’s lap or is wandering around, it’s CG as well.

Because Brie Larson is allergic to cats, and S.L. Jackson is not so fond of cats either.

"There’s a lot of stuff that I would look at as a viewer and think, ‘Well, surely they could’ve got a cat to do that.’ In reality, no, we couldn’t get the cat to perform correctly in the same takes we got the actors to perform"

Well, cats do convulse and spit hairballs quite frequently, it is not feasible to have a camera ready all the time simply to shoot a cat throwing up (MCU isn't that patient).

PS: Just a reminder; They actually CGI'd the gun in S.L.Jackson's hand in Spider-Man: Far From Home (see this tweet). This tells you how much the MCU uses CGI.

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    After what that one did to his eye, it’s no wonder SLJ doesn’t like cats! – Ernest Friedman-Hill Oct 8 at 18:38
  • @ErnestFriedman-Hill or maybe it’s the other way around 😝 – Shreedhar Oct 8 at 18:45
  • This still seems speculative, though it is helpful to guide further research. – Vogon Poet Oct 9 at 13:32
  • @VogonPoet when no exact answer with a trustable source (other than wiki pages) is available, speculations are acceptable as answers. As Sherlock says- when you have eliminated the impossible, whatever remains, however improbable, must be the truth – Shreedhar Oct 10 at 6:34

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