You may have heard that Netflix is bringing us a new Marvel TV-show called Jessica Jones. Most of us probably went “yeah that’s awesome” after hearing the news, followed by a “who’s Jessica Jones?”. Relax, you’re not alone. Jessica Jones may hail from Hell’s Kitchen, same as Daredevil but Daredevil has the advantage of 50 years of comic-book history. Jones (played by Krysten Ritter) didn’t make her comic-book debut until 2001. But her inaugural series quickly earned its place in comic-book history.
If you missed the official teaser from Marvel, see below:
We decided to take a look at the blonde super powered girl called Jessica Jones. Exactly Who is Jessica Jones?
History & Powers
Jessica Jones is an orphan with superpowers.
Jessica Jones was riding back from a family trip to Disney World when a military convoy carrying radioactive chemicals collided with her family’s car. Her brother and parents were killed, and Jessica went into a coma. When she woke up, she discovered she had super-strength and the ability to fly.
After witnessing a fight between fellow high schooler Spider-Man and bad guy Sandman in her classroom, Jessica decided to try to use her powers for good and become a superhero called Jewel. Her attempts to fight crime ended tragically, and eventually Jessica settled into life as a New York private detective. In the show, she will have to contend contend with dangers that arise from her superhero past in the form of ominously named villain Dr. Kilgrave, a.k.a The Purple Man (played by Doctor Who’s David Tennant).
Jessica Jones made her comic book debut in the series Alias (no relation to the Jennifer Garner show). Alias was one of Marvel’s more mature comic books and included swearing and sex scenes. Jones herself is biting and sarcastic. Staying true to the comics, Netflix has been touting the show as a psychological thriller.
Jessica Jones’ love interest is fellow superhero Luke Cage (played by Mike Colter). Her closest friend is Trish Walker (Rachael Taylor), a former model-turned-talk show host. In the comics, Trish Walker also donned the superhero identity Hellcat. Jessica is also tied to more familiar heroes. In high school she had a secret crush on Peter Parker, a.k.a. Spider-Man., though it’s unclear if he’ll appear in the show now that he’s officially part of Marvel’s Cinematic Universe.
Netflix’s Daredevil, released in the spring, was just the first in a series of Netflix shows about a group of heroes called “The Defenders,” a sort of on-the-street, gritty version of the Avengers. Jessica Jones is the second New York City hero to make it to the small screen and will be followed by Luke Cage and Iron Fist. After those series are released, Netflix plans to bring all four heroes together in a Defenders mini-series.
If done as dark and gritty as Daredevil then this can be one amazing show!