Everything You Need to Know About Marvel's Jessica Jones

Thursday, 19 November 2015 - 5:20PM
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Thursday, 19 November 2015 - 5:20PM
Everything You Need to Know About Marvel's Jessica Jones
After months (a year?) of anticipation, Jessica Jones is finally arriving at midnight tonight. We're going to spend our entire weekend binge-watching this amazing follow-up to Daredevil, but until then, here's everything you need to know about Marvel and Netflix's latest successful collaboration:

Jessica Jones is the darkest superhero around




Jessica Jones is an extremely damaged, broken person, often difficult to take. Luckly, she's also funny, witty, and fascinating, which places her up there with all of the great antiheroes in the Golden Age of television. Even more importantly, she's the first great female antihero on TV. Yes, there are arguments to be made for Alicia from The Good Wife or Olivia Pope from Scandal, or even Rachel from UnREAL, but none of them qualify as a female counterpart for now-iconic male antiheroes like House, Dexter, Walter White, Don Draper, etc. Jessica Jones does.

It honors the source material




Jessica Jones is based on the acclaimed comic series Alias, written by comics legend Brian Michael Bendis, which follows former costumed superhero Jessica (aka Jewel) as she adjusts to life as a private investigator and battles internal demons. I won't go into the plot details, because they will likely be spoilers for the show, but I will say that the series was almost universally praised, winning two Eisner awards when it came out in 2004, particularly for its black heart, grisly violence, and psychological honesty. And according to Bendis himself, the show lives up to its lofty source material. He didn't work on it directly, but he was privy to an early viewing, and he called the show and Ritter's performance "faithful," "lively," and "everything I could have wanted."

You can read a free digital prequel comic


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For a comics introduction to Jessica Jones that won't contain any spoilers, you can read the recently released prequel comic here, created by the team behind Alias and featuring a surprise appearance from Daredevil.

Daredevil this is not


Daredevil was a gritty show, and Matt Murdock has a few dark corners in his soul, but neither the show nor the character hold a candle to Jessica Jones when it comes to darkness and cynicism. Jessica Jones takes place in same Hell's Kitchen, and in the same Marvel Universe, and Daredevil may even make an appearance at some point, but they are two very different shows, and Jessica Jones is all the better for it. 

Kilgrave is the scariest Marvel villain by a landslide





Marvel hasn't had too much success with villains. None of their cinematic villains have been at all memorable, with the exception of Loki, who, let's face it, is barely even a villain at this point. Vincent D'Onofrio's Wilson Fisk was the first really successful MCU villain, and it remains to be seen whether Kilgrave will match his psychological complexity, but we can certainly tell you that he's scarier. Just watch the above clips to see his immense mind-control powers in action, and then really think about the implications of a sadistic man who can force other people to do whatever he wants.

You won't have to wait for the solo series to get to know Luke Cage


As fans of the comics know, Luke Cage plays a very important role in Jessica Jones's life, and that becomes clear right off the bat. Their chemistry is apparent from the pilot, and judging from rumors and the slightly spoiler-y episode summaries, he is a major presence for the entirety of the first season. This would be exciting on its own, but the fact that Mike Colter is hugely talented and perfectly cast is icing on the cake. 

The wait is almost over


Here's the full credit sequence to get you through the next seven(ish) hours:

 
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