Marvel Studios’ Daredevil series established the Netflix corner of the Marvel Cinematic Universe as a home not just for residents of Hell’s Kitchen, but for Marvel comic book characters whose stories tend to explore more adult content and mature themes (compared to other superhero properties). That makes Netflix the perfect place for Jessica Jones – the protagonist of writer Brian Michael Bendis and illustrator Michael Gaydos’ “Alias” comics – to make the jump from printed page to live-action form.
Jessica Jones, which was created by writer/producer Melissa Rosenberg (Twilight, Dexter) and stars Krysten Ritter (Breaking Bad, Don’t Trust the B in Apartment 23) as its namesake, has long been tentatively set to arrive in Fall 2015, as the second installment in the Marvel/Netflix run of Defenders series. The show has now received an official premiere date, as is revealed at the conclusion of its first teaser. You can watch that clip, above.
Miss Jones, unlike Matt Murdock/Daredevil, is an ex-superhero, who now spends her days working as a private investigator – when she’s not trying to drink away the troubling memories of her past, anyway. Marvel’s stylized Jessica Jones teaser alludes to its protagonist’s boozing habits, combing the visual of a glass spilling alcohol with imagery – like the intersection between Birch Street and Higgins Drive (near where Jessica resides) and the entrance to her Alias Investigations business – that further establishes the rough and tumble Noir-influenced nature of Miss Jones’ world, without showing any proper footage from the series.
Aesthetically, there are similarities between the Jessica Jones promo and the marketing material for Daredevil, thought the former draws more heavily from the purple hues and color palette that are used throughout Bendis and Gaydos’ “Alias” source comics. The color purple is a key element of the Jessica Jones mythology too, when it comes to the show’s central antagonist: Dr. Zebediah Killgrave a.k.a. The Purple Man (David Tennant), a fellow linked to Jessica’s dark past and a formidable opponent who has some dangerous super-powers of his own.
On the opposite side of the super-powered individual spectrum is one Luke Cage (Mike Colter), Miss Jones’ ally and romantic interest; also on Jessica’s side are Harper (Carrie-Anne Moss) and Miss Jones’ best friend, Trish Walker (Rachael Taylor), while Rosario Dawson will reprise her Daredevil role as Claire Temple, the nurse who spends her nights stitching up Hell’s Kitchen vigilante types. Rounding out the cast are TV actors Eka Darville (The Originals), Wil Traval (Once Upon a Time), and Erin Moriarty (True Detective), as characters who occupy smaller, yet pivotal, roles within the Jessica Jones season 1 over-arching narrative.
Jessica Jones, when its first season is made available on Netflix this year starting on November 20th, will adhere to the inter-connected storytelling approach of Marvel Studios movies and TV shows past. Cage, for example, will playing a supporting role before going on to headline his own Netflix series in 2016 (with casting for the show actively underway, at the time of writing this). Likewise, the recent emergence of Daredevil into the spotlight in the MCU version of Hell’s Kitchen could help to set certain events in motion over the course of Miss Jones’ series.
Bendis has praised the Jessica Jones series for being faithful to the spirit of his comic books stories; as the show’s teaser indicates (and cast members like Ritter have indicated in the past), Jessica Jones is aiming for a fittingly adult tone too, on the level of both Daredevil and “Alias” comics. Moreover, Jessica Jones is expected to serve up a different flavor of crime drama than its Netflix predecessor, with more psychological drama (courtesy of The Purple Man and his mind-controlling abilities) and even a messy, angry, booze-friendly investigator protagonist who perfectly fits the Noir/neo-Noir detective archetype (her super-human powers aside).
In short: between all that, the talented cast, and worthwhile source material being handled well, there is fair reason to think Jessica Jones can keep Marvel TV’s Phase II win streak alive and going strong.
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.
Source: Marvel Entertainment