Following the glowing critical response to Marvel’s first Netflix series, Daredevil, the second hero of Hell’s Kitchen to arrive this year will be Jessica Jones, played by Breaking Bad alum Krysten Ritter. Based on the character from the Alias comics, Jessica Jones is a woman whose superhero career was derailed early and who takes up a new career as a private detective, which will bring her into contact with many of the more unpleasant characters of New York City – and a few of her fellow heroes.
Jessica Jones’ superpowers in the comic books include super-strength, high resistance to damage, and a partial mastery of flight, but it’s been unclear how many of these superpowers will make an appearance in the TV show. One thing we now know for sure, however, is that the live-action Jessica Jones will be someone you wouldn’t want to arm wrestle with.
This has been revealed in the first live-action teaser for Jessica Jones (an animated teaser has previously been released), which shows our hero being rudely awakened by her alarm clock, which she then crushes in her fist. Either it’s a very cheap alarm clock, or that’s a very strong grip. Then again, if this is a regular occurrence for Jessica then it’s probably only worth buying cheap alarm clocks.
Jessica Jones is set to debut on Netflix in November 2015, which means that this teaser and the previous one are likely lead-ins for the imminent arrival of a full-length trailer – or at the very least, something longer than a minute and with more action than an alarm clock casualty. The show will also introduce audiences to Jessica’s fellow superhero Luke Cage (Mike Colter), before he debuts in his own show next year. Luke Cage will be followed by Iron Fist, before all four characters finally team up in The Defenders.
Since Jessica Jones is being created with the long-term goal of a team-up in mind, it will be interesting to see how closely the show’s tone resembles that of Daredevil, which was very violent and (literally) dark. Indeed, since all of these shows take place in the same neighborhood, it would be very difficult for Jessica to avoid crossing paths with Matt Murdock for long. Nonetheless, Jessica Jones showrunner Melissa Rosenberg has said that Jessica’s motive differ from Daredevil’s, as she’s mainly preoccupied with trying to pay her rent and find new clients, rather than trying to save the world. Rosenberg described Jessica Jones as a “psychological thriller first and then a superhero show second.”
Aside from the confirmation of super-strength, we did learn at least two other things from this teaser: Jessica likes to drink, and she likes to sleep in. Let us know your first impressions in the comments.
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.