‘You’re a hard-drinking, short-fused, mess of a woman.’ – Luke Cage
Marvel’s partnership with Netflix has a short but extremely successful history, given that the first show this relationship has produced – Daredevil – is one of Netflix’s most-watched original series to date. With Daredevil, Marvel introduced a darker, grittier corner of the Marvel Cinematic Universe (Marvel’s current live-action TV programs are connected to the movie franchises) that feels like a complete paradigm shift from all other Marvel properties. Netflix’s new original series – Marvel’s Jessica Jones – is set to be even darker.
On Tuesday, Netflix released the second trailer for Jessica Jones, giving the audience a much greater glimpse into the show than had been seen before. It’s been established in previous teasers and trailers that the titular character has her demons (alcohol) and also has superpowers including super-strength, but there wasn’t much more to it than that. With the second trailer, Marvel is showcasing what the first season will have to offer.
Jessica Jones (as played by Krysten Ritter) is a retired superhero who opens up her own private detective agency in Hell’s Kitchen, New York, and uses her powers to get to the truth of her investigations. She looks to the bottom of the bottle to deal with her post-traumatic stress, but she will have to face a bigger problem – ‘The Purple Man.’ The second trailer depicts Dr. Zebediah Kilgrave (portrayed by David Tennant) as an antagonist who uses mind-control to further his malicious agenda and one of the only people to know of Jones’ abilities. The other person in the trailer that knows of Jones’ abilities is Mike Colter’s Luke Cage, who will figure prominently in the show as Jessica’s love interest and a hero in his own right.
The introduction of Luke Cage, as well as the Hell’s Kitchen setting, also connects the show to the rest of the Marvel Cinematic Universe’s dark Netflix corner. Daredevil was the first show of Marvel’s plan to create an Avengers-like team for the streaming service, with several connected series leading up to a Defenders miniseries. While Daredevil feels like a self-contained story, Jessica Jones will almost definitely reference ‘the man without fear’ and set things up for the shows based on Luke Cage, the Defenders, and potentially more.
Netflix will drop all thirteen episodes of Marvel’s Jessica Jones on Friday, November 20, 2015.
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