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Anachronisms 

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.
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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.
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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 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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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The small plane at Rambeau's place in Lousiana has LED landing/taxi lights on the nose - these were not available in 1995.
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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.
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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.
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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"
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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.
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The fire extinguishers in the film, like in the records room, are 2016 and later models, which would not have existed in 1995.
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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.
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Character error 

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."
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Continuity 

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.
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When Goose is at Talos' feet, he takes a step back. Goose is then picked up from at least six feet away.
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Errors in geography 

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.
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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.
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Factual errors 

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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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Miscellaneous 

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.
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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.
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Incorrectly regarded as goofs 

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 Skrulls 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.
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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.
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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 shows a document, written before 2008, where the organization is identified as "Shield". Marvel One-Shot: Agent Carter (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..
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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.
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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. In Avengers, the Tesseract is shown to be in possession of Project Pegasus. The same organization that Dr. Wendy Lawson (Mar-Vell) worked for. The implication is that Lawson acquired it from Project Pegasus, in the 1980s, then Carol returned it in 1995.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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Spoilers

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Incorrectly regarded as goofs 

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.

We so far 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. Coulson presented him with a case of glass eyes at the end of the movie. Fury may have used a glass eye for several years and later decided he preferred the patch.
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