Marvel’s Jessica Jones is just a mere two weeks (or less) from premiering on Netflix on November 20, 2015. However, details have been little to none on what the show is about, what’s known though is that the show will be based on the graphic novel Alias, written by Brian Michael Bendis and illustrated by Michael Gaydos. After knowing such, we did our homework and read the book, and here’s our thoughts on what to expect on Jessica Jones.
Not to be confused with the Alias show starring Jennifer Garner, the Alias graphic novel stars Jessica Jones after her brief time as the superhero known as Jewel. After her stint as a superhero, Jessica Jones calls it quits after an incident that scars her for life, and instead goes on to become a Private Investigator as a profession.
The story then follows Jessica on her various cases from catching cheating husbands to searching for a mutant and a former superhero. While it seems a boring, run-of-the-mill procedural drama, truth is it really isn’t. The story focuses on the struggles of Jessica in this profession and the many, many failures that come out of it.
While the show looks to adapt the book, expect the show to deviate or cut some story lines short or all out omit them, especially with regard to the missing mutant case. What’s sure though is that there will be a lot of gritty things on the show and the main antagonist The Purple Man.
As stated earlier, Jessica Jones creates Alias Investigations which serves as her profession. Alias is featured from the opening pages of the book and made an integral part of the book itself. As her first case, Jessica was hired by a man to investigate his wife and when Jessica spills the beans on the tryst between the man’s wife and her paramour, the man goes nuts and starts assaulting Jessica which leads to Jessica tossing the guy through the door’s window, which, if you watched the trailer, was one of the first things you’d see.
We all know that Marvel is building towards a Defenders team that comprises of Daredevil, Jessica Jones, Luke Cage, and Iron Fist. And with old hornhead already getting his own series that gained critical success earlier this year, all roads point towards the Defenders series coming to fruition. Which leaves Jessica Jones as a potential series to introduce some new players and for old ones to be featured.
With the confirmation that Daredevil or Matt Murdock appearing on Jessica Jones, we are left to speculate in what capacity will he be involved. Well, based on the comic Matt serves as the lawyer for Jessica when she runs into some trouble with a particular case. Later on, Jessica would also moonlight as Matt’s bodyguard together with Luke Cage. As to whether this would be adapted in the series is still left in the air, but our bet is that Matt would likely serve as the legal counsel for Jessica.
Speaking of Luke Cage, we are sure he would appear on this show. Luke serves as a major love interest for Jessica in the books, and the assumption is that the same would be for the show. Cage will be on a path to hero-dome in this show and will slowly be established into his own as Marvel looks to set-up Cage’s own show.
While the previous heroes mentioned are sure to pop-up in the show, the following heroes are still questionable.
We all know that the Avengers are in this universe, as alluded to in Daredevil. So the question is, why would Captain America appear here? Well, based on the book, one of Jessica’s case leads her to uncover the true identity of Captain America, one that I’m sure is already known to the MCU, but just in case his identity is still hidden, than Captain America might make a brief cameo. Another way that said story line could appear is by a mere line or dialogue alluding to that. But it would be nice if there’s a cameo.
Another hero that made an appearance in the comic is Scott Lang (aka Ant-Man). What makes this plausible is that Scott played a big role in the book by giving Jessica the type of romantic relationship she longs for. The thing is, Luke Cage could easily be that person for Jessica, and the fact that Scott may appear on the show would take away from building around Cage. While it may be enticing to see the dynamics at play here, the cameo of Ant-Man might just not happen.
Another hero that appeared in the book is Ms. Marvel/Captain Marvel. But this is highly doubtful for the show as Marvel hasn’t cast the title role of Captain Marvel for the upcoming movie. So we really don’t expect her to pop-up here.
THE PURPLE MAN
Probably the single-most terrifying villain of the MCU to date, The Purple Man should scare the crap out of you. The Purple Man was set as the big baddie in the Alias books and was depicted as the villain that Jessica fears the most, and rightfully so due to his power of suggestion.
The Purple Man is known for making people bend to his will just by telling that person what he wants them to do. The book even painted a graphic picture of him telling a diner full of people to be quiet and stop breathing just for him to eat his eggs. Talk about sinister.
The live-action counter-part seems to go for that same sinister vibe by pitting Jessica against the Purple Man on the very first season. We really are expecting the show to explore all the perverted acts that Purple Man made Jessica do and how it has affected her entire career as a superhero which ultimately led to her hanging up the cape. Also looking forward to how Purple Man will torment Jessica and bring her to the brink of insanity.
We believe that Marvel’s Jessica Jones would take cues from the Alias books but would take some detours around it. The main core of the story would be there by focusing on Jessica working as a private eye via Alias Investigations. The cases though may vary or may be totally different from the one in the books.
The main driving plot point here would be Jessica’s struggle to cope after the harrowing experience with Purple Man, and how she deals with it during her detective career. But our guess here is that Purple Man would be out and about playing with Jessica and bending her to his will, and that Jessica must find a way to escape his grasp and finally defeat him.
Of course, this is all conjecture now as Jessica Jones has yet to premiere. But if there’s one thing that we’re sure of, this show would be the darkest one that Marvel will offer, and probably top Daredevil’s.
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Gino is the Gladiators’ resident TV and comic book reviewer. He is a lawyer in the making at day and full-on geek by night. He believes that the lightsaber is the best weapon during a zombie apocalypse. #AgeOfTheGeek