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Jessica Jones, the second installment of the Marvel/Netflix partnership, will be released officially on the streaming service tomorrow! Here is the link to the Netflix page; just be sure that you're a Netflix subscriber! What do we expect from this series?
What happened so far?
The first Marvel Netflix series, Daredevil, debuted to stellar reviews and ratings way back on April 20. That series introduced us to quite a few characters who may appear in this series, including Claire Temple, a local nurse; Father Lantom, Matt Murdock’s priest; and Daredevil himself, Matt Murdock. The series ended with Matt becoming the masked hero known as Daredevil.
Interestingly, Daredevil came to Jessica Jones’ attention in the tie-in comic book, when she shook down local lowlife Turk Barrett for money on behalf of his baby mama. Barrett had to explain to her that he was sent to the hospital by Daredevil, who was breaking up a drug deal. Jessica comments that she likes Daredevil’s style.
“Haunted by a traumatic past, Jessica Jones uses her gifts as a private eye to find her tormentor before he can harm anyone else in Hell’s Kitchen.”
- Jessica’s PTSD from her first encounter with the Purple Man
- Jessica’s superhero career
- Introducing: Luke Cage
- Trish “Patsy” Walker, a.k.a. “Hellcat?”
- What’s the Purple-ish Man up to these days?
- Making connections with Daredevil
- Potential to lay some groundwork for Civil War
What I am looking for:
- Killgrave to become as compelling and interesting a villain as Wilson Fisk (though I expect him to be more along the lines of Heath Ledger’s Joker—interestingly psychotic—rather than a sympathetic villain like Fisk)
- A satisfying arc for Jessica’s character
- A good explanation for her powers (though it may not take as much as Daredevil gave)
- Flashbacks of Jessica’s superhero career
- At the end of the series she will be in a better place than at the beginning
- A slow reveal of the extent of Jessica’s powers, including a limited capability of flight
- I expect there to be at least a few semi-explicit sex scenes with Jessica and Luke—just enough to push the limits of the TV-MA rating
- Note: if you have kids or otherwise dislike explicit material, wait for Sunday. I’ll publish a non-spoiler review as soon as I finish the season and let you know how much explicit material there is. If it’s a lot, I’ll have a rough list of what scenes to skip—and if you should avoid the series entirely.
- A few Daredevil characters to appear. We already know Claire is going to show up, and there’s a rumor of another character potentially showing up as well.
- I’m hoping that they will at least tease the possibility of Trish Walker suiting up as Hellcat—and perhaps even namedrop her love interest/husband from the comics, Daimon Hellstrom (the Son of Satan)
- A solid understanding of where this series fits in the timeline and how it connects to Daredevil, Luke Cage, Iron Fist, and even The Defenders
What would be awesome but probably won’t happen:
Carol Danvers (Jessica’s BFF in the comics) shows up as a super-powered friend of Jessica’s, marking the character’s MCU debut. Unfortunately, this is highly unlikely.
So what are you looking for in tonight’s episode? What is there that you really want to see but may not see at all?
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