WARNING: This article contains SPOILERS for Jessica Jones Season 2.
Season 2 of Marvel’s Jessica Jones has arrived on Netflix, which means it’s time to go hunting for Easter eggs.
Marvel Comics fans know by now that every adaptation — whether it’s a movie, TV show, or Netflix release — is guaranteed to be filled with references and inside jokes for the most die-hard fans.
For Jessica Jones, returning to her day job after the excitement of Marvel’s Defenders team-up means running directly into a host of Marvel Easter eggs.
On top of the usual comic book namedrops, blink-and-you’ll miss it jokes, and playful winks to the audience, there are even a few moments to connect Jessica Jones to Captain America: Civil War.
The stars of Marvel’s Netflix shows may never join the Avengers on the big screen, but a few references to MCU-level heroes and storylines shouldn’t be missed by anyone.
So without further ado, here is Every Jessica Jones Season 2 Easter Egg You Completely Missed.
15. Meet The Whizzer
The second season opens with Jessica Jones back in business (thanks largely to Malcolm). For a private investigator, that means taking a meeting with everyone who seeks her services. Out of the first line-up of potential clients, one stands out for… a few reasons.
His name is Robert Coleman — but he’s given himself the name of ‘The Whizzer.’ Because he has superpowers, just like Jessica.
His isn’t strength, but speed. Jessica – and viewers – are rightly shocked to see that he isn’t kidding. And yes, ‘The Whizzer’ really is a Marvel Comics superhero. He made his first appearance (as Robert Frank) in USA Comics #1 back in 1941, when an animal encounter on a trip to Africa awarded him with superspeed.
He was no superhero slouch, either: he eventually fought alongside James “Bucky” Barnes against Red Skull’s forces – and even mistakenly believed Scarlet Witch and Quicksilver to be his late wife’s missing children (they weren’t).
14. Emil The Mongoose
When he first meets Jessica, Coleman makes mention of his pet mongoose (signaling him as a serious weirdo in Jessica’s eyes).
It’s not a throwaway joke though, as the mongoose comes back later in a loving photograph of itself and Coleman, and with help from Jessica, presumably gets his revenge on the NYPD for not preventing his owner’s murder. Thanks to a box containing the mongoose’s “treats,” we know its name was ‘Emil.’
That fact is doubling down on the comic book origin story of The Whizzer, after Coleman’s yellow jacket and blue backpace recreated the hero’s comic book uniform. In the origin story, that fateful trip to Africa is led by Robert’s father, Emil.
When Robert is bitten by a wild cobra, his life is only saved by the quick thinking of his father, giving his son an impromptu transfusion of mongoose blood. The result is The Whizzer, so it’s nice to see both figures in the story get a reference in the show.
13. A Hint at a Major Marvel Alliance?
In hindsight, Jessica might actually feel a little guilty about not considering Robert Coleman actually had powers (she does, Luke does, Danny Rand does, Daredevil does…).
Especially since his claims aren’t even the wildest made in the first episode. His theory only applies to himself. But another woman’s theory applies to a far bigger, more nefarious plot.
A race of “lizard people” who are walking amongst regular humans, even infiltrating one of America’s most powerful figures: Jay-Z.
This joke is actually a nod to TWO potential entities in the Marvel Universe, neither of which may ever end up being adapted to the Netflix side of the MCU.
The mention of “lizard people” hiding in plain sight is a pretty overt nod to the Skrull Empire, green-skinned aliens capable of shapeshifting (stunning fans in the Secret Invasion comic event) who are about to join the MCU in the Captain Marvel movie.
Or the woman could be referring to the very real conspiracy about the “lizard people” controlling the world – otherwise known as the ‘Illuminati.’ Also the name of a Marvel Comics team that Doctor Strange could bring to the MCU.
12. The Killers
The first time that Trish and Jessica meet in the second season takes place on a New York rooftop. Jessica is enjoying a classic movie projected by an unknown (but mostly reliable) movie buff, which doesn’t end up getting much attention in the scene after it’s introduced.
However, for those curious, the movie in question is The Killers (1946) – a story of organized crime that has more than a few thematic connections to Marvel’s New York-based Netflix shows.
The film noir aesthetic and style of The Killers is a fitting tribute given Jessica’s role as hard-nosed detective, and would be enough of a nod from the filmmakers on its own. However, the movie is actually based on the short story by Ernest Hemingway, where the real connection comes in.
For starters “The Killers” had the working title of “The Matadors,” which isn’t just a Marvel Comics villain, but also the name of the hotel Jessica is introduced on top of in the first episode of her first series.
11. Maynard Tiboldt, Hypnotherapist, & Ring Master
In the third episode of the season, Trish tries to help Jessica unlock the secrets of her past trauma — specifically the missing days in her medical records and memory — by recruiting the help of a hypnotherapist.
The session goes about as well as anyone who knows Jessica would expect, leaving Trish to escort him out. In the process, apologizing and referring to him as “Dr. Tiboldt.”
That is almost certainly a reference to Maynard Tiboldt, better known to Marvel Comics fans as the Ringmaster.
In the show, he’s dedicated his life to the benefits of hypnosis as therapy. In the comics, Tiboldt relied on a hypnosis machine embedded in his hat to hypnotize civilians and hapless onlookers as his “Circus of Crime” did their work. So not an exact copy, but still in the same ballpark.
10. Spider-Man References (Too Early in The Timeline?)
Despite being one of New York City’s most iconic and well-meaning superheroes in Marvel history, the amazing Spider-Man gets some seriously un-friendly treatment in Jessica Jones‘s second season.
Beginning with a video recorded by Robert Coleman shortly before his death outside Jessica’s apartment.
As the last message Robert recorded, he made sure to lay out his suspicions, his own terrible ‘origin story,’ and the painful realization that he’s come to. Superpowers aren’t a blessing at all, and that “with great power comes… mental illness.”
The twisting of the classic Spidey line is hard to miss, and the same goes for Jessica’s mention of “Scrotey-Sense” (in regards to the aching that Griffin experiences as a “hunch” Trish may be in trouble).
The problem is that nothing about Spider-Man could be commonplace in Jessica Jones since the vigilante has yet to actually make his big splash in the MCU. In fact, even Peter doesn’t have his famous Spidey-Sense until Infinity War.
This is not the biggest problem with Marvel’s movie timeline, but it is a bit of fiction-breaking, all the same.
9. Captain America (Toy) Loses His Shield
We can’t say for sure, but Oscar Arocho’s son Vido may be something of a psycho. Not due to any of the scenes involving the son of Jessica’s new super, since those portray him as your everyday child.
However, when Jessica first enters Oscar’s apartment alone, Vido makes a prophetic comment concerning his favorite Captain America toy.
Like so many children his age, Vido has lost the shield that belonged to cap, but replaced it with one using a magnet to keep a metal button in place.
First of all, the line is a nod towards the fact that Captain America: Civil War ended with Cap losing his real shield following his fallout with Tony Stark. Since Jessica Jones is still set before Civil War in Marvel’s timeline (shortly after Age of Ultron) Vido is predicting the future in a not-so-subtle way.
What’s more, he made the same discovery that Tony Stark did following the first Avengers. In the opening scene of Ultron, Steve shows off his own shield upgrade: a system to keep it anchored solidly to his arm using, you guess it, magnets.
8. David Mack’s Cover Artwork
There’s a good chance that the artwork crafted by Oscar will seem familiar, even if viewers have never read a Jessica Jones comic in their life.
It’s hard to say for sure, but many fans believe that from the looks of it, the artwork — from the style to the purple paint choice — is definitely the work of David Mack. An artist whose work is synonymous with Jessica Jones.
The character may have been created by Brian Michael Bendis and artist Michael Gaydos, but the covers of Alias were handled by Mack.
7. Touch of Evil
The old-fashioned movie projections make a return later in the series, and the movie being shown is just as much of a wink to the other Netflix shows in Marvel’s universe.
The movie in question this time is Touch of Evil (1958) by writer, director, and star Orson Welles. Like The Killers, it is also hailed as one of the best examples of film noir in American history.
As such, the DNA shared with Jessica Jones is spread throughout the movie, with the final line spoken one that could come from Jessica’s mouth just as easily (when asked what Marlene Dietrich’s character has to say about a man who just died on screen, she famously replies “He was some kind of a man. What does it matter what you say about people?”).
Aside from the attitude, Touch of Evil‘s opening long take of over three minutes is considered one of the best, and inspiring filmmakers ever since — including the Marvel Netflix shows, already famous for their long take action sequences. Wouldn’t you know it, that’s the very shot that Jessica Jones highlights.
6. The ‘Raft’ Civil War Reference
The prison for superpowered individuals came as a bit of an ethically-problematic surprise in Captain America: Civil War.
Known as “The Raft,” the facility was about as maximum security a prison can possibly get, surrounded by water and home to only a handful of inmates (that anyone has seen, anyway). You have to hand it to Jessica for staying informed, since she’s apparently aware of The Raft’s existence.
Fans shouldn’t get their hopes too high for seeing that facility explored outside of the main Marvel movies, and possibly not even then.
5. Stan Lee’s ‘Forbush’ Cameo
As guaranteed as a Stan Lee cameo in a Marvel release may be, the makers of the Netflix shows are making it a bit more layered than usual. But first, the cameo itself is fairly hard to miss.
When Jessica, her mother, and Oscar head off to find Vido at a bus terminal, keep your eyes to the left of the screen and Stan Lee’s enormous, grinning face is easy to spot. The extra details surrounding the advertisement he’s starring in are the second joke.
The ad itself is for the law firm of Forbush & Associates, the go-to personal injury firm, according to this testimonial. But it may be shadier than it asppears: Stan Lee’s cameo in Iron Fist officially named him Captain Irving Forbush of the NYPD.
4. Dr. Karl Malus
After digging into the history of IGH Jessica eventually discovers that the mysterious leaders she is after are actually her mother Alisa and Dr. Karl Malus — a “mad scientist” who ends up being severely misunderstood.
In the context of the show, he’s not even the ‘villain’ fans (nor Jessica) were expecting. There is a Dr. Karl Malus from the world of Marvel Comics, but… he’s nowhere near as kindhearted. In the comics, he’s every bit the mad, maniacal superhuman scientist Jessica is hoping to find responsible.
Dr. Malus was used as a source of several Marvel villains in the comics, experimenting on superhumans and seeking to make monstrous hybrids super-criminals.
In the most recent version of the Marvel Universe, Dr. Karl Malus was even eaten alive by the symbiote Carnage — and eventually reconstituted himself with symbiote powers (fans should read up on the Superior Carnage series for more of that story).
3. Hedy Wolfe Enters The MCU
It would be an understatement to say that Trish Walker’s life goes a little off the rails in season 2, particularly where her public perception and celebrity are concerned.
When turning to Malcolm for help in keeping away from the paparazzi, she winds up on the cover of a celebrity gossip rag. The audience knows that “Celeb Seeker” has missed the truth of Trish and Malcolm’s encounter, but comic book fans should be sure to check out the issue’s other stories.
Specifically, the news that Hedy Wolfe is clashing with a gal pal. It might seem a placeholder name and story, but Hedy Wolfe was actually one of Patsy Walker’s original co-stars in her earliest comic book days.
She eventually made the jump to Marvel’s modern comic universe along with Patsy, but instead of a superhero identity, she basically became her fictional character in the real world (and acquired the rights to the Patsy Walker comics).
2. Hedy Wolfe Enters The MCU
The procedure to grant Trish superpowers like Jessica and her mother goes horribly wrong. At least… it seems like it does. The final scenes of the season give a big hint of Trish Walker becoming the superpowered Hellcat in season 3, with her enhanced reflexes and combat skills.
However, before we get that victory and tease, it really does seem like Trish has come close to death than anyone expected. As her nurse informs her when she wakes up in hospital, Patsy has used up “two of her nine lives.”
The line is another obvious nod to her Hellcat persona from the comics, but also to her character’s apparent immunity to death. The Patsy Walker of the comics doesn’t actually have nine lives to spend (like DC’s Catwoman), but she has traveled to the world of the dead more than once.
1. Trish Walker is a Real Hellcat
Trish has been headed on her own path towards becoming the Marvel superhero Hellcat since the very beginning, even if most new viewers didn’t know her alter ego. Her journey picks up speed in Episode 11, seeking to undergo the same procedure as Jessica and her mother. A procedure that requires a stop at a veterinary clinic.
Why? Because the process won’t be able to take effect without some feline vaccine, as Dr. Malus explains: “This vaccine is a live virus. Its DNA can unlock yours. It’s the first step in editing your personal genome.”
When Jessica and Malcolm visit the clinic after the pair, the substance is revealed to be “FVRCP… a feline distemper vaccine.” That’s a pretty fortuitous catalyst for a superhero best known as ‘Hellcat,’ don’t you think?
Can you think of any other things that most fans completely missed in Jessica Jones season 2? Sound off in the comments!
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