Marvel Studios and Netflix’s run of series revolving around characters that reside in Hell’s Kitchen of the Marvel Cinematic Universe started off on the right foot, when the Daredevil TV show that debuted to critical acclaim and high viewership earlier in 2015. The next Marvel program that will hit Netflix is Jessica Jones, as created by Melissa Rosenberg and starring Krysten Ritter as the protagonist, Miss Jones, from the “Alias” comic books by writer Brian Michael Bendis and illustrator Michael Gaydos.
Jessica Jones picks up with the title character as she settles into her new career as a New York City-based detective, following “a tragic ending to her short-lived Super Hero stint,” as the series longline puts it. Naturally, it’s not long before Jones gets caught up in more trouble than she was looking for, seeing as she lives in a world of everyday heroes/villains and super-heroes/villains alike – a number of which are featured in new official stills released from the show.
Marvel/Netflix have unveiled five official Jessica Jones images, not long after the show’s teaser trailer debuted online. You can check those pics out below, along with more details on the characters featured therein:
- Pictured above is Krysten Ritter as Miss Jessica Jones, whose super-strength and bad temper (coupled with her drinking habits) fit with her status as a “broken” superhero. Ritter has shown a knack for playing harder-edged characters on shows both dramatic (Breaking Bad) and comedic (Don’t Trust the B in Apartment 23) in nature, so her turn on Marvel/Netflix’s Jessica Jones certainly has “breakout” potential.
- Here we have fan-favorite Doctor Who alum David Tennant as Dr. Zebediah Kilgrave a.k.a. The Purple Man, the main antagonist of the Jessica Jones TV series. The character possesses superhuman mind-controlling abilities in the “Alias” comic books, and he is expected to have similar powers on the Netflix show adaptation. However, Ritter has mentioned before that Kilgrave’s comics storyline will be “expanded on and developed” further in the Netflix show.
- Next up, we have Carrie-Anne Moss (the Matrix trilogy) as Harper, opposite Ritter as Jessica Jones. The Harper character is reportedly an authority figure of sorts, who proves useful to Miss Jones – especially when she finds herself having to bend (or get around) the law, as most superheroes do at some point or another.
- Shown here are Ritter’s Jessica Jones and Rachel Taylor (Transformers, Crisis) as Trish Walker, Jessica’s friend and common ally, who is reported to be a syndicated radio talk show host known as ‘Patty’ Walker. It’s worth noting that Patricia Walker becomes the superhero Hellcat in the Marvel Comics, but it’s not clear yet exactly if a similar fate lies in store for Taylor’s character on the Jessica Jones Marvel/Netflix series.
- Last, but certainly not least, we have Mike Colter (The Good Wife) as Luke Cage, one of Miss Jones’ fellow New York-based super-human types and occasional love interest. Filming has already begun on Cheo Hodari Coker’s Luke Cage Netflix series starring Colter, so Cage’s appearance on Jessica Jones will serve as another connective thread between Marvel/Netflix shows – establishing Cage as part of the MCU, before he headlines his own show.
Rosenberg has spent years developing Jessica Jones, after having honed her craft as a screenwriter on the Twilight movies (where she delivered the best adaptation of Stephanie Meyer’s source material that is feasible, if we’re being honest), in addition to having served as a writer/producer on multiple seasons of Dexter and created the drama/thriller series Red Widow. So, all things considered, Rosenberg has the experience to make a Jessica Jones freshman season that matches (and perhaps even exceeds) the adult complexity and grittiness of Daredevil season one.
It shouldn’t be long before the public gets to see footage from Rosenberg’s Marvel/Netflix series either. Clips from Jessica Jones are slated to be shown at the 2015 New York Comic-Con in a couple weeks (from the time of writing this), so a full-length trailer ought to be dropping online sometime just before or after then, too.
Daredevil season one is currently available on Netflix. Jessica Jones will be made available starting November 20th, 2015, followed by Luke Cage season one and Daredevil season two (a.k.a. Daredevil V Punisher) in 2016. Iron Fist and The Defenders will arrive sometime thereafter.