The Marvel Universe Expands: Enter ‘Jessica Jones’

Jessica Jones is a mess: a straight up and unequivocally extreme case of human baggage. But that doesn’t mean that she’s not trying to do the right thing…even if she is a little grumpy before her morning coffee. The first trailer for the upcoming Netflix original series Marvel’s Jessica Jones (with Krysten Ritter in the lead role) teased us with a touch of the darkness that we’re dealing with:

That’s our girl, super strength and all, and not one to mess with. In addition to a potentially killer soundtrack, the second Jessica Jones teaser hints that barroom patrons are no more equipped to deal with her bad reputation than her alarm clock was.

In case you’re not up to speed, Jessica Jones is the main character in Marvel’s dark and very mature (we’re talking R-rated, folks) comic series, Alias, created in 2001 by Brian Michael Bendis and Michael Gaydos and we love the fact that Netflix is taking her on as we suffer from a shortage of female superheroes leads. Unlike the major and classic Marvel characters in circulation for 40-50 years who have been heavily capitalized on of late, Jessica is a younger creation; lesser known (kind of like a B-level actress) and quite on the fringe of Marvel’s universe. And that’s what makes her so damned fascinating. The Jessica Jones that we’ll meet in New York City’s Hell’s Kitchen (where Marvel’s Daredevil dwells) will be what’s left of a woman whose brief stint as a superhero trying to fight the good fight has left her unspeakably damaged, possibly beyond repair, and is now simply trying to get by as a private detective.

There are a lot of micro details that make up Jessica’s back, current and future story. Things like:

  • She went to high school with and had a major crush on Peter Parker (aka Spider Man)
  • Her natural parents died in a car crash that left her in coma
  • She suffered some seriously twisted psychological (and possibly sexual) abuse while under the mind control of the “Purple Man.” Yeah, worst name ever.
  • She worked at The Daily Bugle
  • She’s gal pals with Carol Danvers (Ms. Marvel)
  • Her father worked for Tony Stark

With Marvel’s Daredevil underway, Jessica Jones is the second of four Marvel vehicles coming exclusively to Netflix (Marvel’s Luke Cage and Marvel’s Iron Fist will follow), all of which will eventually converge into the mega-superhero series, Marvel’s The Defenders.  All 13 season 1 episodes of Marvel’s Jessica Jones will be available for streaming on Netflix on November 20th (cue your next binge-watching session) with the first two episodes directed by S.J. Clarkson (Orange Is The New Black). As we get closer to that November due date, we’ll keep an eye out for the full official trailer which will, undoubtedly, debut at New York Comic-Com on October 10th. Bring it on.