By Alexandra Wilson
Everywhere you look, it seems that excitement for the first mainstream project led by a female superhero, “Marvel’s Jessica Jones,” continues to brew excitement. With “Daredevil” having been so well received, the expectations for Ms. Jones are just as high (if not a little bit higher). Here’s what we’re hoping we see when “Jessica Jones” premieres later this year.
Sure, Peggy Carter is super, but she doesn’t have any superpowers. We never see her fly or shoot lasers or be super strong, and that’s okay – she’s super in her own right. Jessica Jones, however, does have superpowers and we want to see her use them. Jessica (whose former aliases include Jewel, Power Woman, and Knightress) has superstrength, meaning she can easily lift police cars or bad guys twice her size. Plus, she can fly and is much more resistant to harm than a normal human. What’s the point of giving a superheroine her own TV show if she doesn’t get to use her powers? Yeah, we’re not quite sure either.
One of the great things about Jessica is that while she stands on her own, she has a lot of great relationships with other heroes. I’m not just referring to Luke Cage and the other Defenders, but rather the Young Avengers (including Wiccan, Hulkling, and Kate Bishop), Scarlet Witch, S.H.I.E.L.D., and more. We don’t know how much comics continuity is going to spill over into the Netflix series, as we can only base what we’ve seen on one season of “Daredevil,” but our fingers are crossed that we see more heroes from all corners of the MCU.
(Note: It’s already been confirmed that we’ll see Luke Cage in “Jessica Jones,” so we’re off to a good start!)
There are probably better adjectives to describe David Tennant with, but who cares? He’s David Tennant! We know he’s playing the season’s big bad and we can. not. wait. Every role David Tennant has played, ranging from The Tenth Doctor in “Doctor Who” to Hamlet to Barty Crouch Jr. from the “Harry Potter” series, has been amazing and we can’t wait to see what he does with Killgrave. For those who haven’t read the comics, Killgrave has the ability to control minds and is a main antagonist for Jessica. It’s why his relationship with Jessica Jones has so many dark undertones – he controlled her for an eight-month period – and it’s why “Jessica Jones” could also have the greatest Marvel villain yet.
Yes, Killgrave is twisted and his relationship with Jessica Jones is beyond twisted, but that doesn’t mean “Jessica Jones” should be dark and depressing. Some of “Daredevil”’s best moments were from Foggy, who provided awesome comic relief. (What an avocado, amirite?) Clearly, Marvel is using its Netflix shows to tell darker MCU stories, but if “Jessica Jones” is too dark then it won’t be fun to watch. The series needs to balance a multitude of tones to be successful. “Daredevil” already did this well, so fingers are crossed that “Jessica Jones” will be just as good – if not better.