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Jessica Jones First Look

Written by Jon Overell

Marvel’s Jessica Jones is an upcoming Netflix TV show based on the Marvel character Jessica Jones, an ex-superhero who opens her own detective agency after an end to her superhero stint. It’s being developed and produced by the streaming website Netflix, who made one of my favourite TV shows this year; Marvel’s Daredevil. It’s following in the footsteps of its predecessor and takes place in the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU). It’s set to be darker than the movies and it’s going to expand more on the world of Hell’s Kitchen, all while leading up to the much hyped Defenders miniseries.

You can find the first teaser trailer here:

The show has some already big names starring, Krysten Ritter plays the title hero. We’ve already seen her in Breaking Bad and Don’t Trust The B**** in Apartment 23, and this will probably be her big breakout role much like Daredevil was Charlie Cox‘s. She has some serious acting chops; she held up well against Aaron Paul in Breaking Bad, admittedly the only role I’ve seen her in, so it’ll be interesting to see how she does as Jessica Jones. Playing the villainous Purple Man is David Tennant, probably one of Britain’s biggest stars thanks to his successful run as Doctor Who and in both adaptions of Broadchurch. But what I’m excited about is his playing of a villain, especially the Purple Man who is quite a dark character and one who is very much linked with Jessica Jones; I’ll explain more later.

But first, after months of speculation we finally have some official pictures of the characters.

MARVEL’S JESSICA JONES

 

MARVEL'S JESSICA JONES

MARVEL'S JESSICA JONES

First of all, can we appreciate Tennant’s hair? I actually believe it’s better than his Doctor’s legendary hair (maybe a clause in his acting contract is to have a quiff for every character?). Jokes aside, I really like the look of all three characters. It seems like they’re sticking to the appearance style of Daredevil, which is one of the things that made me fall in love with the show. The lighting is vibrant and colourful while still casting shadows, and everyone looks so serious. I love it.

At least Tennant’s Purple Man isn’t, well, purple. In the comics, he’s given the ability to control people through pheromones released from his body, but at the same time he’s purple, obviously hence the name. I was scared that the purple would take away the serious tone this show is obviously aiming for, but thankfully they decided to not go with it. We still get a purple scarf so there’s that. Jessica Jones looks as moody and brooding as Krysten Ritter can make her, something that Jessica Jones is good at since she’s trying to rebuild her life after failing as a superhero. And Luke Cage, played by Mike Colter, looks like he can dish some serious pain. I can’t really say much for Colter. I know he plays Locke in Halo: Nightfall but apart from that, he’s a little known actor for me.

I may tease Tennant about his hair but he does look threatening. If he displays some of the psychotic tendencies like he did as Barty Crouch in Harry Potter and The Goblet of Fire, we’re onto a winner, because the Purple Man is very psychotic. He’s the reason that Jessica Jones quit being a superhero; he brainwashed her for months on end causing her in a way to develop Stockholm Syndrome. He also caused her to be beaten into a coma by the Avengers when she was sent to kill Daredevil. Let’s also not forget the fact that no-one noticed she was missing while under the Purple Man’s influence, which caused her to become demoralised and gave up being a superhero. Another reason he’s such a dangerous enemy is because he uses his powers to force women to sleep with him and sometimes bear his offspring. While it’s never shown, it is heavily implied that he did that with Jones. Whether that’ll be something that will happen in the show remains a mystery, but it would be a good topic to brush upon.

After the success of Daredevil, I’m really looking forward to this show and it’s penultimate lead-up to the Defenders miniseries. November 20th can’t come soon enough.

What do you think of Jessica Jones? Do you believe it’ll be a hit? Let us know in the comments or on Twitter.

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Jon Overell

Reader of comics, watcher of films, talker of words, roller of deep.