A massive battle between superpowered beings and an army of aliens isn’t the only strange thing to happen in the Marvel Cinematic Universe’s version of New York City. On the streets of Hell’s Kitchen, a masked vigilante is delivering brutal justice to members of the criminal underworld, and now a private detective with super strength and durability is going to be forced to confront the villain who tormented her out of the superhero business.
Jessica Jones is the second in Netflix’s planned series of five TV shows about the heroes – both costumed and non-costumed – who tackle street-level crime in New York while the Avengers are saving the planet and S.H.I.E.L.D. is jetting around the globe trying to manage the planet’s growing population of Inhumans. Krysten Ritter (Breaking Bad) plays the titular lead, while David Tennant plays the sinister Kilgrave, a man who once used his superhuman mind control abilities to force Jessica to do terrible things.
Much of the marketing for Jessica Jones that we’ve seen so far emulates the style of David Mack’s covers for Alias, the comic book series upon which the show is based, and the latest promotional material is no exception. Netlix has released a new motion poster for Jessica Jones that focuses on Kilgrave, with images of Jessica and other characters in the series, and there’s also a still version of the poster with the same elements in a slightly different arrangement. In addition to these posters, Jessica Jones has been given this new logline:
Haunted by a traumatic past, Jessica Jones uses her gifts as a private eye to find her tormentor before he can harm anyone else in Hell’s Kitchen.
That’s not the only new glimpse of the Purple Man that we’re getting this week. Netflix has released a new still from Jessica Jones that shows Kilgrave standing in what looks like a church, being approached by Jessica. In the comic books Kilgrave’s mind control abilities come from pheromones produced by chemical alterations to his body, which also turned his hair and skin purple. However, the TV version of Kilgrave has normal-looking skin and it seems as though his powers are linked to the sound of his voice, which would explain why he’s standing at a microphone and surrounded by speakers. With the right amplification, Kilgrave could be very dangerous indeed.
Jessica Jones also stars Mike Colter as Luke Cage, Carrie-Anne Moss as Jeryn Hogarth and Rachael Taylor as Trish Walker. The series was created by Melissa Rosenberg, who wrote the screenplays for the Twilight movies and was also a writer and producer on Dexter.
Jessica Jones has been getting nothing but positive buzz, with enthusiastic early reviews of the pilot episode that was shown at New York Comic Con. Like Daredevil, Jessica Jones seems to have a much more mature tone than the Marvel movies, with a trailer that showed hints of both sex and violence (not to mention Jessica’s hard drinking habit). Between these series and the espionage themes of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. and Agent Carter, there’s certainly a lot of variety in the MCU right now.
Daredevil Season 1 is currently available on Netflix. Jessica Jones will be made available starting November 20th, 2015, followed by Luke Cage Season 1 and Daredevil Season 2 (a.k.a. Daredevil V Punisher) in 2016. Iron Fist and The Defenders will arrive sometime thereafter.