Alias Jessica Jones

AKA_JessicaJonesAfter a tragic ending to her short-lived Super Hero stint, Jessica Jones is rebuilding her personal life and career as a detective who gets pulled into cases in New York City.

Focusing on a relatively unknown comic book character, Jessica Jones will continue to explore the gritty street-level vigilante side of the Marvel Universe, as seen in the ‘Nightcap’ trailer.

Break Bad’s Krysten Ritter will play the title character who premiered in the monthly comic Alias by Brian Michael Bendis back in 2001. The initial idea was to use Jessica Drew, alias Spider-Woman, whom Bendis had an appreciation of (he has been quoted as saying she has the best hair in comics), but plans changed and a new creation was needed and Bendis crafted Jessica Jones, a fallen hero trying to make a living in the world and escape the pull of her less-than stellar career in the super world.

As a superheroine, Jessica Jones was known as Jewel, and had enhanced strength, invulnerability and (limited) flight abilities which she obtained after being exposed to radioactive materials in an accident that killed her parents. Her career ended when she ran afoul of The Purple Man who used his mind-control powers to put her under his spell which crippled her mentally. The Purple Man directed Jewel against the Avengers who managed to defeat her, causing Jones to fall into an eight-month coma. She came out of her coma only to find that no one missed Jewel. After extensive recuperative physical and psychological therapy, she ditched her tights and opened a private investigation business.

Krysten Ritter as Jessica Jones

Krysten Ritter as Jessica Jones

The series Alias was part of a new initiative in 2001 by Marvel to reach a more diverse audience with mature content. Jones was depicted as a fallen hero who got into bar room brawls, drank too much and led a self-destructive lifestyle. Jessica Jones quickly became a popular character and starred in a follow-up series The Pulse and later appeared in the Avengers (also written by Bendis). She married Luke Cage and the pair had a little girl, Danielle.

Following the roaring success of the gritty Daredevil, Netflix has commissioned 13 episodes starring Krysten Ritter as the title character. The series will also see Mike Colter debut as Luke Cage and Rachael Taylor as Trish “Patsy” Walker (AKA Hellcat). The Netflix series will have a psychological thriller tone rather than Daredevil’s crime drama feel. This taps into the story of Kilgrave’s manipulation of Jones and his dramatic return after she attempts a new life.

Starring in the antagonist role as the Purple Man is former Doctor Who, David Tennant. The latest teaser centers on his obsession with Jones:

Marvel’s “Jessica Jones” premieres on November 20th when the entire series will be available for viewing on Netflix. Following this program will be Luke Cage, Power Man and Iron Fist followed by a Defenders film in which the three heroes team up with Daredevil. There is already a second season of episodes in production for old horn-head with other new series waiting to be announced.

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