Can someone look at a calendar and see what year it is? Because I’m concerned that my recent Deep Space 9 binge-watching has created a temporal vortex that’s thrown me into the future.
I think that because I heard that there will be a Jessica Jones television show premiering this year and that there has already been a Daredevil TV show. This is impossible because as I read Luke Cage and Iron Fist comics as a kid I never could have imagined we’d see street level Marvel heroes on TV, and I of course never dreamed one would feature a newer character like Jessica Jones.
So are we really in a golden age of superhero television or am I trapped in a pocket dimension between worlds?[divider] Jessica Jones on Netflix, Nerdsplained [/divider]
Indeed, Jessica Jones will become Marvel’s newest superhero television show. If you aren’t familiar with Alias, the comic by Brian Michael Bendis that first introduced Jessica Jones, then you’ll need to know that Jessica Jones will strike a darker tone than the typical Marvel fare. Much darker, as the source material comes from Marvel’s MAX line of adult comics.
The Netflix show will follow Jessica Jones, a damaged character who abandoned her superhero alter-ego, Jewel, in order to become a private investigator that specializes on cases involving people with superpowers. In the words of her co-star on the show, Jessica is “a hard-drinking, short-fused, mess of a woman.”
Speaking of co-stars, what cast of characters can we expect in Netflix’s Jessica Jones?
- Jessica Jones (played by Krysten Ritter). Jessica suffers from extreme trauma that can be traced back to her encounters with Dr. Zebediah Kilgrave, the Purple Man, whose made her do unspeakable things. Kilgrave got “in her head”, as the old adage goes and the experience deeply scarred Jones.
- Dr. Zebediah Kilgrave, the Purple Man (played by David Tennant). His body produces pheromones which allow him to verbally control the actions of others and he’s a deeply creepy man. Because of his manipulative history with Jessica, Kilgrave will unquestionably impact her throughout the 13 episodes of the series.
- Luke Cage (played by Mike Coulter). Cage is soon to appear in his own future in his own Netflix series, so look for him to be established early as his relationship with Jessica will play a pivotal role moving forward. Power wise, Luke Cage possesses superhuman strength and stamina, and has impenetrable skin.
- Trish “Patsy” Walker, Hellcat (played by Rachel Taylor). Trish is Jessica’s best friend and the characters have a long history together. It is not clear if she will be powered in the show initially, but the future will give her retractable claws and the ability to deflect mystical attacks. She is also a trained martial artist and fights with grappling hooks on her wrists.
- Jeri Hogarth (played by Carrie-Anne Moss). Originally a male in the comics, Hogarth is a high powered attorney.
What can we expect? Well, certainly Kilgrave will mess with Jessica psychologically, which will give the show a dark feel. This will be a departure for Marvel. Kilgrave’s mind games will also undoubtedly force Jessica into some pretty terrible decisions, both personally and professionally. Being that she is a private investigator, the show should also have a strong noir feel, which will fill a new niche for Marvel.
Otherwise, the characters are brilliantly chosen and it is clear that the seeds are being sown for stories years into the future. First, Luke Cage will have his own show in 2016. But Patsy Walker also lays groundwork for future shows, while also allowing Marvel to slowly introduce a more mystical side that will pay dividends in the upcoming Doctor Strange movie starring Benedict Cumberbatch.
In concluding, we are definitely living in a golden age of superhero television. Jessica Jones is proof that all types of characters are being allowed to have their stories told on the small screen and I’m ecstatic.
Here is a deeper look at Jessica’s stories in the comics if you are interested.