Captain Marvel Originally Played the Trish Walker Role in Jessica Jones

Friday, 20 November 2015 - 2:34PM
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Friday, 20 November 2015 - 2:34PM
Captain Marvel Originally Played the Trish Walker Role in Jessica Jones
Trish "Patsy" Walker, aka Hellcat, plays the "best friend" role on Jessica Jones, which starts streaming today. But originally, back when the show was being developed for ABC, that role was going to be fulfilled by a more high-profile Marvel superhero: Captain Marvel herself.

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"Back when it was at ABC Network, I did use Carol Danvers," Rosenberg told IGN. "But between then and when it ended up on Netflix, you know, the MCU shifted, and it also shifted away from the universe in the [comic] book. So in the book, the powers are very out in the open and the themes of that are about 'the other,' and in the cinematic universe that's not the mythology. So there was a lot that I had to move away from, just in terms of sheer plot, and Carol Danvers got her own movie."
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Now, Carol Danvers is getting her own movie in 2019, and she was replaced in Jessica Jones by another Marvel superhero:

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"But as it turned out, Patsy Walker ended up being an incredibly-a much more appropriate fit with Jessica," said Rosenberg. "It was better that her best friend was not someone with powers. It actually ends up being a really great mirror for her."
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Although seeing Carol Danvers and Jessica Jones together on screen would have been very exciting, from what we've seen so far, Captain Marvel wouldn't have fit in with this iteration of Jessica Jones. With the move from ABC to Netflix, Jessica Jones is generally much more peripheral to the movie universe, and like Daredevil, it has a much grittier, more grounded aesthetic that wouldn't have worked with Captain Marvel. We agree with Rosenberg that Hellcat fits in much better, and besides, we can always use more female superheroes.

Marvel's Jessica Jones is now streaming on Netflix.
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