[WARNING: This article contains spoilers for both Jessica Jones and Daredevil season 1]
There’s no denying that Marvel’s Daredevil changed the game, bringing a darker, more violent and in many ways, more compelling story than fans of the studio’s big-budget blockbusters. But it was only one of several Netflix projects planned, and the next has arrived. Jessica Jones adds certified superpowers to the mix – and already shows that Marvel’s knack for world-building and shared universes is in full effect.
Of course, the casual fan who enjoys the series without any knowledge of the comic book arcs, moments, or characters being recreated in live-action doesn’t necessarily need to. But for those looking to see just how many references or Marvel Comics easter eggs slipped by them, or for devoted fans eager to squeeze every drop of Marvel Cinematic Universe out of the thirteen episodes, we’ve got you covered.
We hope you enjoy our list and, remember, plenty of SPOILERS for present and future in this collection of Jessica Jones Easter Eggs, Marvel Connections, and Comic Nods.
“The Matter of Your Bill”
Much of the credit for Jessica Jones lies squarely at the feet of Brian Michael Bendis and Michael Gaydos, the creators of the comic series “Alias”, starring a tough-as-nails (but seriously scarred) young woman names Jessica Jones. Having hung up her career as a superheroine under the name of ‘Jewel’ to take on private investigating, the comic series wasted no time in establishing that she wasn’t going to be messed with.
Netflix viewers got a chance to see the comic’s beginning recreated perfectly in live action (minus the conversation leading up to it), with Jessica’s “Alias Investigations” sign being smashed by one obnoxious client… being thrown through it by the series’ star. Shot for shot and word for word adaptation is the kind of thing comic book fans crave, so an opening this faithful probably makes it easier to swallow the changes made to Jessica’s actual cases (no sign of Captain America, Daredevil, or Spider-Man here, sadly).
To pay the bills and locate clients with particularly challenging demands, Jessica does freelance work for Jeryn “Jeri” Hogarth, partner at the law firm of Hogarth, Chao & Benowitz. It was obvious Marvel was going to be making some changes to the comic’s version of the character when the role went to Carrie-Anne Moss. For starters, the original Jeryn Hogarth was most closely tied to Danny Rand AKA Iron Fist, as a business associate of the mystical hero’s father.
The Netflix series’ version of Hogarth begins as a high-powered attorney, but even though the character is now a woman as opposed to a man, Hogarth’s future role as the legal representative of the Heroes For Hire probably has fans excited. Marvel fans are still a long way away from seeing Luke Cage and Iron Fist team up as heroes for hire, but their go-to lawyer has already been introduced. Hogarth’s skills went much further, though, challenging Iron Man to prove that Iron Fist’s mystical powers were “superhuman” during the fallout of Marvel’s Civil War, for instance.
Toilet Detective Work
The showrunners make it apparent pretty early on that Jessica Jones isn’t your typical Marvel heroine or damsel in distress, when she’s shown to be not only working as a private investigator out of her run-down apartment, but actually doing some detective work while on the toilet. A porcelain business chair might seem an unlikely place for a comic book star to do some serious thinking, but it was a gag that was first introduced in the pages of “Alias.”
Granted, the cases or dilemmas being mulled over were a bit different (and the lack of toilet paper really plays well in live action), but the scene was just one of several clear signs that the Netflix series is holding Bendis and Gaydos’ comic dear. And a visual gag that develops a character while quietly making an explicit reference to a comic book origin story is the kind of easter egg we will always demand more of.
The locations around which the show is filmed may have a life or history of their own, but whether the producers intended to find nods to the comics, or happened on them by chance, they’re still too good to leave out. When Jessica first climbs a fire escape to engage in some late night snooping focused on a then-unknown man, it isn’t the figure in the crosshairs of her camera that fans should pay attention to. Instead, note the neon sign on the building behind her.
The “Matador” may be a hotel or bar in the show’s universe, but it’s hard to drop a name like that when Daredevil or Hell’s Kitchen is on the brain. The Matador was also a Marvel Comics villain introduced in the pages of “Daredevil,” as a former bullfighter who had promoted himself from a showman to a criminal seeking revenge on mankind. When he used his red cape trick on an armored car, it was Daredevil who apprehended him. We douobt to see that happen in live action, but considering some of the insane and zany villains hinted at in Daredevil, we suppose anything is possible.
The entire Netflix plan for Marvel was laid out all at once, with Daredevil just the first superhero property to be adapted, and Jessica Jones, Luke Cage, and Iron Fist to follow. With Daredevil small hints were given to the larger universe, but with Jessica Jones, Marvel is clearly doubling down on their world-building, with hero Luke Cage (Mike Colter) established as a main player in the series.
For those who have yet to meet the man famously known as “Luke Cage: Hero For Hire,” Jessica Jones does a good job of setting up his character (if mostly done through small hints or subtle references). The show only reveals that his superpowers and invincibility are a result of “experiments,” but in the comics, ‘Carl Lucas’ underwent a procedure meant to mimic the Super-Soldier effects used to create Captain America, but went even farther beyond normal human limits. Taking the name “Luke Cage,” he headed to Harlem to fight crime, essentially the point at which he is introduced in Jessica Jones.
Luke’s Signature Look
We’re going to have to wait until Luke Cage gets his standalone Netflix series for serious easter eggs and comic nods, but the showrunners clearly knew that his fans would be tuning in to Jessica Jones for the hope of any references. They get more than they bargained for, but even when Jessica is only surveilling Cage, his first appearance at his apartment window was enough to tide fans over (not to mention his “Sweet Christmas!” catchphrase).
The yellow t-shirt might not seem like a major nod, but it’s about as close to an official “uniform” as Cage typically got in the comics (aside from his early, 1970s era headband and bell-bottom pants). The yellow color scheme extends to to the hallway seen later, painted a golden yellow that seems to be a sign of things to come in Luke Cage, with red previously used for Daredevil, and purple (fittingly) acting as the signature color for Jessica Jones.
When Jessica begins her investigation into the abduction/disappearance of Hope Shlottman (Erin Moriarty), the young girl’s athletic gifts take center stage. In the string of photos of Hope’s athletic training, events, and family, viewers should be able to spot that one of her jerseys (a black one, we’ll add) bears the team name ‘Panthers’ – a reference that won’t escape the understanding of anyone paying attention to Marvel’s upcoming film slate… although the “304” number is still a riddle.
Sure, there may not be any literal connection between a distance runner and long-jumper from middle America and T’Challa, leader of the fictional African nation of Wakanda and superhero known as Black Panther. But considering that Black Panther’s strength and acrobatics are often described as “Olympic level,” it seems a strangely fitting way of giving a nod to Marvel’s future universe. Especially once you consider just how many great comic arcs have brought T’Challa into Jessica’s backyard.
“Lose the Camera, Coppola”
Once the investigation takes Jessica to Hope’s roommate, she finds that she is now the star of an unwanted film project. Since being filmed with a head-mounted Go Pro by an obnoxious film student isn’t something she’s interested in, Jessica warns him to “lose the camera, Coppola,” before taking care of the problem with force. It’s a clear reference to the great American director Francis Ford Coppola… but there’s an entirely separate reference that’s possible.
When Coppola’s nephew was just starting out his Hollywood film career, he was determined enough to make it without any favoritism that having such a well-known name was seen as a problem. The answer was to change his name, turning to one of his favorite comic book character who had done the exact same thing. He changed his last name as a tribute, and ‘Nicolas Cage’ was born. He would soon go on to live as exciting and eventful a life as the hero for hire, one could argue.
The Purple Man
Any supervillain would be a little disappointed with the moniker “Purple Man,” but apparently Zebediah Killgrave more than approved. The Netflix series keeps a majority of Killgrave’s (now “Kilgrave”) powers intact, able to manipulate nearly anyone into doing his bidding simply by uttering a command. And just like the comics, Kilgrave (David Tennant) used those powers of mind control to turn Jessica Jones into his personal slave for months.
But the origin story for Kilgrave offered in Jessica Jones is quite a departure from the original version. Originally, Killgrave was no “gifted,” just a Yugoslavian spy sent to track down a nerve agent in an overseas chemical plant. When a canister of the substance was punctured, Killgrave was doused with it, staining his skin and hair purple, and granting him incredible powers. Able to emit pheromones that would force those around him to do exactly as he asked, he set out to control the world, even becoming President of the United States for life on a parallel Earth.
Not Quite Romantic
The first encounter between Luke Cage and Jessica Jones (in the former’s bedroom above his bar) wasn’t quite the same as it was presented in the pages of “Alias.” For starters, the comic heroes knew eachother before sharing a bed. But the trauma that Jessica is failing to deal with is kept completely intact. In “Alias,” the investigator was still trying to come to terms with the damage that had been done to her by Kilgrave, using Luke (without his even being aware) to try to feel, in her words, “something.”
The painful expression on Jessica’s face was mellowed out in the live action scene, and the lack of internal dialogue makes it easier to play off as typical, business-only romance. But the fact that Jessica couldn’t handle the intimacy of looking Luke in the eyes drives at the same idea. When Jessica leaves the bathroom in tears, he’s even taking the exact same pose as his comics counterpart, knowing that there is plenty Jessica is keeping to herself.
Not very comic book nod comes from decades past, or is even large enough to spot. But NYPD detective Oscar “Ozzy” Clemons (Clarke Peters) isn’t a brand new creation for Jessica Jones. Clemons was introduced back in 2012 when Greg Rucka took over writing duties for “Punisher“. Where some cops saw Frank Castle’s brutal war on the worst sides of the criminal underworld as divine justice, Clemons believed that all people were subject to the same law.
Clemons is given a sizable role in the first season of Jessica Jones, but considering that Frank Castle AKA The Punisher will debut in season 2 of Daredevil, a number of fans wouldn’t have been surprised to see the character appear in both Marvel Netflix shows. And if the comic book version of Oscar Clemons looks familiar, it should: Rucka and artist Marco Checchetto based him on the appearance of Morgan Freeman (specifically his role as ‘Somerset’ in David Fincher’s Se7en).
When Jessica begins her inquiries into Kilgrave’s injuries following their tumultuous breakup (accented by bus), she first has to look the part. After examining the contents of lockers belonging to nurses, she finds a close enough ID… attached to some questionably-patterned scrubs. But take a closer look at the name tag, and fans will notice a few details worth catching.
For starters, the name of the nurse in question – “J. Pannuccio” – is almost certainly a reference to Jessica Panuccio, the show’s assistant property master. But the Metro-General Hospital was also the workplace of Claire Temple (Rosario Dawson), and the medical center that offered assistance to most of the Daredevil cast throughout its first season. Besides laying the foundation for a future appearance from Claire (who may or may not be a version of ‘Night Nurse’ given that the character is rumored to appear in Doctor Strange) the detail is a subtle sign of how interconnected Netflix’s Marvel heroes really are.
When Jess– pardon us, Nurse Pannuccio moves to a hospital computer terminal to look up the files on Kilgrave, she spins a sympathetic story to win assistance from a legitimate employee. She claims to looking for the files after being given the job by “Dr. Carter, the new head of Oncology.” The name could have been made up out of thin air – as many viewers may assume – but the reference is hard to miss for seasoned TV fans.
The doctor in question is John Carter (Noah Wyle) of E.R. fame, introduced as a young upstart physician in the long-running show’s pilot episode, eventually taking over as one of the series’ leads. It’s not hard to grasp why Jessica would recall the fan-favorite character, but it’s also worth pointing out that Carter engaged in multiple romances throughout the show’s run – including his cousin’s ex-wife who comes to the hospital seeking treatment for breast cancer (played by Rebecca De Morney, who plays ‘Dorothy Walker’ in Jessica Jones).
Of course, it isn’t just E.R. that gets a reference during Jessica’s improvised backstory. Aside from her overbearing boss, Dr. Carter, Jessica claims that she’s in need of assistance since it’s not only her first day, but the current computer system’s completely different than the one used at her last job working at “Seattle Grace.” It’s this line that raises suspicion, since the hospital is most definitely “from TV” – the hit ABC medical drama Grey’s Anatomy.
It’s probably more believable that the mention of the completely fictional and drama-filled hallways of Seattle Grace Hospital (later re-named the Grey Sloan Memorial Hospital) would catch a nurse or doctor’s attention, but it wouldn’t be enough to betray Jessica’s story alone. There have been two actual Grace Hospitals in Seattle, Washington, even if we can safely say that the home of ‘McDreamy’ and ‘McSteamy’ has passed them in terms of country-wide recognition.
Patricia Walker AKA Hellcat
As further proof that there are too many superheroes and heroines in the Marvel Comics universe to really keep track of, viewers will have no idea that Trish Walker (Rachael Taylor) – star of the “Trish Talk” radio show, former model, and current friend to Jessica Jones – is really a costumed crimefighter. Granted, the version of the character seen here is still on her way to becoming ‘The Hellcat’.
After seeking out costumed superheroes as a fan of their fight for good, it was Beast of the X-Men who promised to help Patricia Walker become a superheroine (if she agreed to keep his civilian identity a secret). When she wound up taken hostage along with the Avengers, she donned a costume and became The Hellcat. Although that origin story will need to be heavily tweaked for Jessica Jones, Trish’s time spent in martial arts shows that she may wind up as a full-blown member of The Defenders along with the stars of Netflix’s solo series.
Patricia AKA “Patsy” Walker
In an added twist on the character of Trish Walker, older Marvel fans may already know that she starred in another comic series long before her days as Hellcat. ‘Patsy Walker’ was introduced to young readers as a character aimed squarely at teen humor, eventually earning herself her very own series. Patsy and her friend Hedy Wolfe may not seem like Marvel juggernauts, but they were one of the few titles to be successful from inception in the 1940s all the way through to Marvel’s Silver Age in the 1960s.
Eventually, Patsy appeared in the pages of “Fantastic Four“, establishing that the comic series was written by Patsy’s mother Dorothy, adapting he daughter’s exploits and friends onto the comic book page. It was a clever way of keeping Walker in the larger Marvel continuity, and Jessica Jones keeps it intact, posing Trish as a multimedia icon for a few reasons in her past. That includes one mistaken fan who winds up wounded – but he was only looking for an autograph, holding a recreation of “Patsy Walker” #26 (1950). Not to mention him letting it be known that he “misses the red hair.”
When Claire Temple was confirmed to be the one patching up Matt Murdock’s wounds in Daredevil, Marvel fans assumed that she would make an appearance on Luke Cage’s show, at least, considering the two had been romantically involved in the comics. It’s hard to know just what’s planned for that subplot, now that Jessica and Luke have met so early in their careers. But so far, it’s another former lover of Cage’s who first appears to thicken the plot.
Reva Connors also owes her origins to Marvel Comics, but not as the deceased (murdered) wife of Luke Cage, the hero known as ‘Power Man’. In the comics, Reva was a friend to both Luke and Willis Stryker AKA the villain Diamondback. When Willis planted drugs to send Luke to prison (and the experiments that made him invincible), the actual owners of the drugs wound up hunting down Willis, but killing Reva instead. It’s obvious Jessica Jones is taking a different path, but still paying homage to the character’s comic roots.
New York Hospitals
Once Jessica learns that Kilgrave refused to undergo anaesthesia when having his organs replaced, it becomes clear that such drugs would render him totally unconscious, thus bringing his powers of persuasion to an end until he woke up. To gather the drug before taking him down, she turns to a Wikipedia-esque list of hospitals located in New York City. Viewers don’t get to see her traveling to every hospital in search of her treasure, but the (real) locations themselves are more than a little relevant to the history of Marvel Comics.
For starters, the Columbia Presbyterian Hospital has cropped up in a few recent “Spider-Man” arcs, with Peter Parker admitting himself in “Amazing Spider-Man” #599 (2009). St. Vincent’s has been turned to for medical attention in everything from Doctor Strange stories to X-Men crossovers aplenty. In the world of Marvel’s “Ultimate” universe, Lenox Hill even took care of the famous Tony Stark when he was diagnosed with a brain tumor.
In the comics universe, Jessica Jones didn’t actually end up serving time as Kilgrave’s mindless servant until she had already been fighting crime as the costumed hero ‘Jewel’. But the premise of Marvel’s Cinematic Universe means some changes had to happen. Since costumed superheroes are still a relatively new thing, a costumed identity was out. Luckily, the show still managed to reference the bright white, blue and purple of Jewel’s costume.
During a flashback sequence to the time before Jessica started to unleash her abilities, the costume comes as a suggestion from Trish. It’s probably for the best that the suit didn’t actually make it past the concept stage in live-action (including the diamond mask), but credit where it’s due: it may just be the most accurately adapted superhero costume Marvel has ever made. Who knows? There’s always a chance that a similar costume could make an appearance in future seasons of the show… but again, we’re not holding our breath.
Costa Verde Under Siege
With comic book properties, the ‘blink and you miss it’ easter eggs tend to be every bit as satisfying for fans as the comic arcs being adapted. In the fifth episode of the series, a newspaper is visible being read by Will Simpson (Wil Traval) while staking out a city park before Kilgrave catches a glimpse of Jessica coming for him. The headline of the paper is partly obscured, but the prop department wasn’t going to let an opportunity like this slip by.
The headline clearly reads “Costa Verde Under Siege,” and fans will be forgiven for not immediately getting the joke. The fictional Central American country has played an odd role in two Avengers comic arcs. First, when the villain ‘Living Laser’ AKA Arthur Parks was recruited to overthrow its government by supporting rebels, and later when the rebel leader ‘El Lobo’ attempted to again remove the president with the help of Gypsy and Firelord. The plots were foiled by the Avengers and Thor, respectively. Fans are free to guess which revolution is being referenced in the paper.
Angela Del Toro
Jessica Jones isn’t the only private investigator in New York City, and she even makes a referral to one other of whom she knows: Angela Del Toro. That name will immediately grab the attention of current Marvel readers, since Del Toro is the latest to claim the title of ‘White Tiger’, a costumed crimefighter who uses a set of mystical Amulets of Power to boost her own abilities to superhuman levels.
The amulets were passed down to her by her uncle, Hector Ayala, after he wielded them to become the first White Tiger. Since the amulets actually originate from the home dimension of K’un-Lun, the mystical city from where all Immortal Iron Fists originate. The first season of Daredevil offered plenty of hints toward K’un-Lun and the still in-development Iron Fist series, and Jessica Jones now offers one possible character who could wind up playing a part in the narrative. Either that, or it’s simply a name meant to get fans talking.
Simpson, The Nuke
It really does seem that for every successful hero or super-soldier that Marvel’s mad scientists create, they manage to release dozens of deranged villains. It may be hard to hear for those who immediately warmed to Will Simpson, but the first seasons makes it fairly clear that he’s in the process of becoming the supervillain known as ‘Nuke,’ a character created for the pages of Daredevil by writer Frank Miller. As a subject of the Weapon Plus program, Simpson was a case of what happens when you try to recreate Captain America’s success (but aren’t quite refined enough to create Wolverine).
Though this version has yet to receive his American Flag facial tattoo – and possibly his metal skeleton and artificially durable skin – and won’t get to blame the Vietnam War for his broken psyche, some changes are probably in store. But the flag still flies on his lighter, and the request to “gimme a red” to start the rush of adrenaline to his second heart no doubt sent fans into a frenzy (it’s an iconic catchphrase, for obvious reasons).
“You’re Gonna Have His Baby”
When Jessica heads to Luke’s bar looking for him, and finds his elderly bartender instead, Luke’s history with women fills in the blanks. Assuming that Jessica is looking for the strapping superhuman to tell him “You love him, you want him back, you’re gonna have his baby,” it’s hard for comic fans not to laugh particularly hard at the line. It’s played off as a joke, but it’s far more accurate than he realizes.
In the comics, not only did Luke and Jessica have a daughter together – Danielle, who wound up having a few adventures of her own before leaving the crib – but they would eventually marry. We’re not rushing to assume that the bosses and executives on Marvel’s TV side are in a hurry to play that storyline out just yet, but it’s an unexpected joke for those who know the leads will wind up together (instead of being forced to wonder if they will or won’t).
“He Thinks He’s Carl Icahn”
Not every single reference to the real world, or that of Marvel Comics, is easy to spot or understand for casual viewers. Sometimes, they can make take shots at executives within their own company. One example can be found when Jessica first runs into the goons working for the loan shark ‘Sirkes,’ someone who is just as eager as her and Luke Cage to find a missing young man. But when the shark proposes a “business deal” to protect his employees and, by extension, his “professional reputation,” Jessica claims that he thinks himself the next Carl Icahn.
That name is no coincidence, and Icahn doesn’t come from the pages of Marvel. He’s a very real, very famous (infamous?) business magnate who gained fame for a string of hostile takeovers, acquiring controlling stakes in large companies and, in some cases, stripping their assets to pay off the funds spent to acquire them. Where’s the Marvel connection? Before the company was purchased by Walt Disney, Icahn had attempted a takeover (even reaching the role of Chairman) kicking off a heated legal battle between the executives and shareholders.
Recycling Crime Dens
There’s no doubt that the criminals of Marvel’s New York are devious and dastardly, but they’re pretty industrious too. Apparently, one base of criminal operations can’t go unused for too long, since one marijuana grow op looks eerily similar to a location seen in season 1 of Daredevil. And by “similar,” we mean it’s the exact same warehouse. To be clear, it isn’t a case of Marvel using the same location and hoping nobody notices, but one of the least expected crossover details we have encountered in the show.
When Jessica agrees to help track down ‘Antoine’ to find information for Luke, the pair head into a grow op, and soon find themselves tangling with a loan shark’s enforcers. But pay close attention to when Jessica strays off to find one goon on his own. The broken bricks and scorched wall aren’t random, but the direct fallout of Wilson Fisk’s surprise firebombing of his former Russian associate’s base of operations. Talk about an easter egg almost everyone will miss.
Myers & Krueger
A pretty obvious one for those paying close attention (and possessing even a passing knowledge of horror movie history), but just to make sure it won’t slip by anyone, the names given to the two guards dogs Luke decides to keep in check – while Jessica wrestles some information about Antoine’s whereabouts out of a nearby goon – imply the pooches mean serious business. According to the man calling for them to quiet down, their names are “Myers” and “Krueger” – as in Michael Myers and Freddy Krueger, the antagonists of the Halloween and A Nightmare on Elm Street movie franchises, respectively.
After a surprise wake up call sends Jessica to the police station with bag in hand, things get even creepier. The interrogation with Detective Clemons doesn’t go the way she had hoped, but a ‘Sergeant Mahoney’ (Royce Johnson) comes in to let her loose. He’s just following orders, but it’s not the first time that Marvel fans have seen him bend the rules for the right reason. He was seen taking a bribe (of sorts) from Foggy Nelson in the first season of Daredevil, and turned out to be something of a regular in the episodes to come.
Mahoney was a character first created in the comics, but the Netflix version is already becoming an even more exciting version. Considering his summer saw him apprehend the Kingpin of Crime with help from a costumed superhero, and he now finds himself experiencing the Purple Man’s mind games and living to tell the tale, he’s on a roll.
Stan Lee Cameo
It wouldn’t be a Marvel release without a cameo appearance from the legendary comic creator Stan Lee, and Jessica Jones doesn’t disappoint. In keeping with the shared universe nature of Daredevil and Jessica Jones, the same photo of Lee posing as a police officer worthy of note is used. In Daredevil, the photo was placed directly over Mahoney’s shoulder at the station’s front reception, but in this series, it can be spotted during Kilgrave’s mass mind control.
When Jessica first exits to see the entire station holding guns to one another’s heads (or their own), the photo of Lee can again be spotted over the seated man’s shoulder. The photo may technically be too far away to instantly recognize Lee – especially for those less familiar with the man’s likeness – but his signature sunglasses made the photo too, making it easy to spot if you’re looking for it.
Fans of Daredevil sadly learned that good, honest, courageous journalism usually ends up getting you killed in Marvel’s version of New York City. But even though Ben Urich’s award-winning time at the New York Bulletin came to a rather unceremonious end at the hands of Wilson Fisk, his legacy for rooting out corruption, and bringing dark deeds into the light, lives on.
When the police are being controlled by Kilgrave en masse, Clemons’ cell phone stops the madman dead in his tracks. When the phone is removed, a newspaper’s front page is visible pinned to a board in the background. When the phone is thrown against the wall, its headline can be made out perfectly: “Union Allied Corruption Scandal.” That’s the story that set the events of Daredevil‘s first season largely in motion, so it’s nice to know that the police have apparently held Urich’s example close to their hearts.
The Force is Strong With This One
The idea of Star Wars working its way into Marvel properties is probably a nightmare scenario for comic fans hoping to see their favorite heroes and villains adapted faithfully. But if Jessica Jones is anything to go by, then the world inhabited by Marvel’s heroes might be just as devoted to George Lucas’ original film as the one we’re watching it in.
True, Kilgrave’s unmistakable reference to Obi-Wan Kenobi and Luke Skywalker’s first run-in with Imperial Stormtroopers may go by unnoticed by some – “we can go about our business, move along” – but with the obvious similarities between Kilgrave’s powers and those of a Jedi Knight, we’re just glad somebody pointed it out.
What’s the only thing better than a clever, subtle easter egg referencing another comic book series? One that also works as a witty joke without any further investigation. When Kilgrave’s seafaring vessel is revealed to be named the “Goldfish”, viewers can take it in one of two ways: either it’s a play on the fact that goldfish, like his victims, can (at least anecdotally) be made to forget what happened just a few seconds ago – or, it can be taken as a title.
As in “Goldfish”, the comic series created by Brian Michael Bendis years before he tackled Jessica Jones with his “Alias” series. The comic followed David Gold, a con man who has adopted the name “Goldfish,” and heads up against figures from his past to gain custody of his son. Consider that the original name of the comic was “AKA Goldfish”, and that the series was originally titled AKA Jessica Jones (a convention still used for the episode titles) and it’s clear that Bendis has a thing for aliases.
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Those are all the references to the comics, creators, pop culture properties, and other Marvel Cinematic Universe plans that we spotted in the Netflix series – but if you know of any we missed, be sure to name them in the comments!
Jessica Jones is available now exclusively on Netflix.