Why We Are Excited For Jessica Jones


For a lifelong Marvel Comics fan like me, the Marvel Cinematic Universe (or MCU for short) has been nothing short of a miraculous godsend. Ever since binge watching Daredevil, I had been waiting for the second Netflix series from Marvel. After a long wait, they have finally released the trailer of Marvel’s Jessica Jones.

There is a fundamental difference between Marvel’s other movies or shows and this one. Most of them deal with the early days of a character- often focusing on how they become a hero and save the world. Jessica Jones, played by Krysten Ritter, has been portrayed as someone who has retired from being a hero, and has been suffering from post traumatic stress. The show stresses more on her surviving the real world, rather than saving it. It also shows her trying to escape her past, possibly in search of redemption.

If you think Daredevil had a dark theme, think again. The 140 seconds trailer of the show focuses a lot on the realistic, gritty, and ominous setting of the show. The source material of Marvel’s Jessica Jones is a much more adult comic and that reflects on the trailer. This feeling intensifies when we are briefly introduced to the show’s main antagonist- Zebediah Killgrave, aka Purple Man, played by David Tennant. Just like Daredevil’s Wilson Fisk, Kilgrave creates a sense of foreboding- maybe even more so, as this is a person who has the ability to compel anyone to do anything just by speaking to them.

The trailer also gives us a peek at the other main characters of the show. Most important of them being Mike Colter as Luke Cage, who ends up marrying Jessica in the comic books. There are also Rachael Taylor as Patsy Walker, aka Hellcat, and Carrie-Anne Moss as Jeri Hogarth. In short, it has everything you need to get excited about the show, even if you do not know any of the characters at all.

We at ASidCast are doubly excited about Marvel’s Jessica Jones, which is scheduled to be released on November 20, because it is the first entry in the MCU which has a female superhero (or former superhero, in this case) as the main titular character. It was long overdue.