Marvel's Jessica Jones Features Another Powered Antagonist?

Wil Traval reveals his Jessica Jones character to be a reinvented version of the Marvel Comics supervillain known as Nuke.

Frank Simpson (Nuke) in Ultimate Marvel Comics

Marvel's Jessica Jones is off to a strong start. I know this because yesterday at New York Comic-Con 2015, Netflix and Marvel TV screened the premiere of the series over a month before it becomes available for viewing to subscribers. And it was excellent.

Early reactions were positive and showrunner Melissa Rosenberg, along with the cast and crew of the second Marvel-Netflix series, continue to prove that the Defenders shows have cracked the code on long-form mature storytelling on the Netflix platform. While the premiere brings viewers into Jessica Jones' version of Hell's Kitchen, New York, there's one main character it doesn't introduce: the unnamed one played by Australian actor Wil Traval.

When Traval was introduced by Marvel TV boss Jeph Loeb to the Jessica Jones panel at NYCC, his mysterious role was described only as "NYPD Cop," but it turns there's a lot more to his character than Loeb would let you believe. Traval tells IGN that he's actually the Marvel Cinematic Universe version of the Frank Miller Daredevil villain Frank Simpson a.k.a. Nuke... with a slight name change.

Frank Simpson (Nuke) in Ultimate Marvel Comics

"People may recognize him from the comics. His last name is Simpson and that might give you an indication. He comes from, you know that period in the '70s where they had post-Vietnam war and there are psycho super-soldiers so he comes from there. That's his origin point but we're reinventing him for the television series."

In the main Marvel Comics universe Simpson was the subject of a super-soldier project, one similar to Weapon X (think Wolverine) and his body is enhanced with cybernetics. When he was first introduced, Kingpin had hired him to kill Daredevil, but Simpson went on to have important parts to play in various Captain America and Thunderbolts stories.