It’s been a busy week for Marvel Entertainment as its film division prepares for the second weekend of box office returns in North America for Avengers: Age of Ultron and production begins on Captain America: Civil War. On the television front, Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. prepares for its series finale this week as ABC greenlights a third season (and a second season of Agent Carter).
All of this happens just weeks after the Marvel Cinematic Universe expanded to Netflix as well with Daredevil proving to be a top original hit for the digital network, so much so that a second season was quickly confirmed while another series A.K.A. Jessica Jones was in production for a release this fall. While the Jessica Jones series nears the end of its shoot, Marvel has held back on revealing details of the show outside of revealing its cast.
Adding to that and unofficial set photos from various New York locations (the Marvel-Netflix universe takes place in Hell’s Kitchen), we finally have a more detailed synopsis for the series. On the official Neflix app and website listing for A.K.A. Jessica Jones, it simply lists three cast members (Krysten Ritter, David Tennant, Rachael Taylor), a “coming 2015” window of release, and the following logline:
Working as a private investigator in New York’s Hell’s Kitchen, a troubled ex-superhero’s past comes back to haunt her in the live-action series, “Marvel’s A.K.A. Jessica Jones.”
However, thanks to a new posting currently on Amazon for the “Marvel’s A.K.A. Jessica Jones: Season One” hardcover book releasing this November, we have a more detailed synopsis synopsis:
Ever since her short-lived stint as a Super Hero ended in tragedy, Jessica Jones has been rebuilding her personal life and career as a hot-tempered, sardonic, badass private detective in Hell’s Kitchen, New York City. Plagued by self-loathing, and a wicked case of PTSD, Jessica battles demons from within and without, using her extraordinary abilities as an unlikely champion for those in need… especially if they’re willing to cut her a check. In this new collectible volume, go behind the scenes into the world that brings the story of Jessica Jones to life. Packed with stunning production photography, as well as exclusive interviews, this deluxe companion reveals the details of the set and script of Marvel’s AKA Jessica Jones through the eyes of its makers.
Jones is a relative newcomer to Marvel Comics, having only been introduced in 2001. Her origin story in the comics sees Jones attending the same school as Peter Parker (who’s also joining the MCU in the near future), her father working for Tony Stark (Robert Downey Jr.), and her powers coming from a military truck carrying radioactive chemicals – not too dissimilar to how Daredevil gets his powers. Given her age compared to the much-younger Peter Parker joining the franchise, expect most of Jones’ origin story – and perhaps her powers – to be adapted and some/most of these connections to be dropped.
The PTSD background in the description above, reminiscent of Tony Stark’s affliction in Iron Man 3, is different from the comics where she was instead mind-controlled by Zebediah Killgrave a.k.a. The Purple Man (David Tennant’s character) which caused her to attack the Avengers and fall into a coma. She was taken care of by S.H.I.E.L.D. and her pal Carol Danvers (also getting her own movie, Captain Marvel) after that, so how connected this series and the character is to the movies and Marvel’s ABC shows is only limited by the ambition of Marvel Entertainment and what they choose to draw from. Jones even dates Scott Lang a.k.a. Ant-Man who is being introduced (played by Paul Rudd) later this summer.
Jones’ powers in the books grant her super strength, near invulnerability and the ability to fly, which seem a little too over-powered compared to her eventual Defenders ally, Daredevil, but the most interesting stories from the books, that the TV series is based on, are with her later years as a private investigator which brings Jones in contact with plenty of other powered people who need help, and of course, her relationship with Luke Cage (Mike Colter). And just like the comics, it seems she has history with The Purple Man, who never seems to lose interest in messing with Jones.
Jewel art by Mike Mayhew.