The Marvel Cinematic Universe expands its Netflix corner this fall with the premiere of Jessica Jones, the second “street level” superhero roaming NYC’s Hell’s Kitchen, alongside Matt Murdock/Daredevil.
Jones (played by Breaking Bad and B in Apt. 23 actress Krysten Ritter) is a former superhero who retired after having her power abused by a mind-control villain named Kilgrave (Doctor Who‘s David Tenant). When evidence of Kilgrave’s menace resurfaces in the streets of New York, Jessica decides to begin work as a private detective, tracking down her former tormentor.
After several promising teasers, you can finally watch the full Jessica Jones trailer, above.
What this Jessica Jones trailer does is at once show off an interesting new spin on the superhero story (former superheroine with much baggage, working the rough streets), while at the same time building a nice companion piece to the Daredevil Netflix series, so that both shows feel like they indeed exist in the same sandbox. That’s not to mention that this trailer shows off quite a bit of Luke Cage (Mike Coulter), the bartender / superhero known as Power Man, who will star in his own Marvel Netflix series next year. That’s a lot of world building to do in one season (let alone a trailer), but Jessica Jones seems to be doing it all, skillfully.
Showrunner Melissa Rosenberg (The Twilight Saga) seems to have crafted a nice modern Noir detective story – complete with the complicated and troubled detective at the center. It’s also abundantly clear that Ritter’s version of Jones is probably the most layered and complex superheroine we’ve seen thus far – and from the brief snippets we get, it seems the actress will be flexing a lot of range and going to some pretty dramatic places as the season goes on.
Meanwhile, former Doctor Who David Tenant is hardly seen but so thoroughly felt in this trailer, playing a version of Zebediah Killgrave, the Marvel Comics villain known as The Purple Man. In Marvel Comics lore, Killgrave abducted Jessica for eight months of mind-controlled slavery, making her do horrible or demeaning things that left her scarred with her own form of PTSD for some time.
The Netflix series will be going full-on into that dark storyline, and like a classic 1940s Noir villain, just the menace and creep-factor of Tenant’s voice is enough to make Kilgrave a promising antagonist. What will be interesting to see is how Rosenberg handles and conveys the psychological narrative of Jessica’s fractured mind; hopefully we get some visual sequences that do more than offer a sinister voice and purple lighting.
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 in 2016. Iron Fist and The Defenders will arrive sometime thereafter.