Jessica Jones Showrunner Talks Kilgrave's Limitations, Crossover Possibility with Daredevil, and More

Friday, 13 November 2015 - 4:36PM
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Friday, 13 November 2015 - 4:36PM
Jessica Jones Showrunner Talks Kilgrave's Limitations, Crossover Possibility with Daredevil, and More
Jessica Jones starts streaming on Netflix in only a week (!), and while we've already seen the pilot, and it's amazing, there are still plenty of questions about the series left unanswered. In a recent interview with Nerdist, showrunner Melissa Rosenberg gave some tantalizing tidbits about the limitations to Kilgrave's powers, the connection between Jessica Jones and Daredevil, and more.

Kilgrave, or The Purple Man, played by Doctor Who's David Tennant, has the power of mind control, and in the pilot his abilities seem to be terrifyingly boundless. Luckily for Jessica, Rosenberg assures that his powers are, in fact, somewhat limited:

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"His powers do have limitations," said Rosenberg. "But they are probably the most frightening kind of power, because it's not that he tells you what to do and you do it, it's that he makes you want it."
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Rosenberg also discussed the complicated relationship between Jessica and Luke Cage, who will have his own solo Netflix series next year. The two are romantically involved, but he also becomes her confidante, as he is privy to her secret superpowered identity.

Opening quote
"There's a very complex backstory that is very slowly rolled out, and it handcuffs them together in a way that's in some ways a little disturbing, but really provides the characters with some connective tissue."
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In the pilot, Jessica's superpowers are treated as an afterthought, which is reflective of her reluctance to take on the "hero" identity. Rosenberg stated that this nonchalance about superpowers persists throughout the show, and it's likely all the better for it.

Opening quote
"We're going to see her abilities, but the powers serve as a metaphor. They simply exist, it's treated very matter-of-factly. She's very unapologetic about who she is, so that's one of the things I love most about her."
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Rosenberg also discussed a possible crossover with Daredevil, but this was by far the most confusing part of the interview. The interviewer took for granted that "we don't expect to see Matt Murdock on the show," and Rosenberg didn't confirm or deny this, but when asked how aware the characters in Jessica Jones are of the events in Daredevil, she did say there's "some crossing."

Opening quote
"I don't know if there is a good answer for that. [Laughs.] The mythology holds the same rules, it's the same level of reality. Very grounded, very much of the street, of the neighborhood. So yeah, there's some crossing and some bouncing off certain things."
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This statement is completely vague, and strange in light of the summary for the final episode, which reads, "Jessica and Luke get help from someone else in the neighborhood." Could that be someone other than Daredevil? (If so, we vote for Foggy.)

The first season of Marvel's Jessica Jones hits Netflix on November 20.
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