Comic fans anxiously awaiting the release of Marvel’s second Netflix series, Jessica Jones, don’t have long to wait; the Daredevil follow-up is set to begin streaming at 12:01 PST on November 20th. The series, which stars Krysten Ritter in the title role, has earned universal praise so far, with many critics calling it Marvel’s best small screen offering to date.
A big part of the appeal of Jones is its distinctively noir-ish tone. Despite assurances from studio head Kevin Feige that the MCU will never take a darker turn, the latest Netflix offering doesn’t look to be making any such promises. Recent promotional materials have highlighted the show’s willingness to push the limits of a comic-based series, showcasing the retired superhero’s struggles with drinking, PTSD, and a number of other character flaws.
But perhaps the series’ darkest element will come in the form of its antagonist, Zebediah Kilgrave, a.k.a. Purple Man, played by former Doctor Who David Tennant. A twisted individual who shares a personal history with Jones, Kilgrave’s mind-control abilities have shattered the heroine’s world in the past, and he looks to be up to his old tricks in this new clip posted on the series’ Twitter page earlier today.
Rachael Taylor co-stars as Jones’ close friend Trish “Patsy” Walker, who’s seen here butting heads with Carrie Anne Moss’ Jeri Hogarth over the very existence of Kilgrave on her radio show. Jones’ noticeable concern for her friend’s safety gives us some indication of just how dangerous this man is, and how completely powerless the former superhero is to stop him. The fact that Hogarth, an attorney with significant ties to other Marvel heroes, is even questioning the existence of Kilgrave is deeply troubling in itself. His ability to commit crimes while going completely unnoticed may be his most dangerous feature.
Questions surrounding the show’s moral complexities will surely dominate the narrative over the next few weeks. Kilgrave’s ability to verbally enslave anyone he chooses will make him a formidable (and deeply personal) foe for Jones, and certainly make him one of Marvel’s more interesting villains. We would highly recommend that you set aside some time this weekend for binge watching.
Daredevil season 1 is now available on Netflix. Jessica Jones will be available starting November 20th, 2015, followed by Luke Cage season 1 and Daredevil season 2 in 2016. Release dates for Iron Fist and The Defenders on Netflix have not yet been announced.
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