The first full-length trailer for Marvel and Netflix’s Jessica Jones was released earlier today, and after the initial excitement passed, I thought I'd make a few stray observations about what was seen (or not seen) in the trailer.
BE AWARE THAT THERE ARE SPOILERS BELOW!
Right. Let's get to it.
This is the first meeting between Jessica Jones and Luke Cage:
In what I think is a fantastic intro to a kickass female character, right off the bat we see Jessica Jones (Krysten Ritter) beat up a guy, shoving his head through glass (that's gotta hurt). Then we get to the meat of the matter: the first meeting between the former superheroine/private detective and her future hubby, Luke Cage (Mike Colter). It's not long before our Hero for Hire tells her he’s found out about her and her "special abilities," and we get a nice play-by-play of her powers.
Jessica Jones will feature more superpowered people:
Talking about those superpowers, the other character exhibiting abilities is Kilgrave (aka Purple Man, and I loved the prevalence of the color purple sprinkled throughout), played by Doctor Who’s David Tennant. Yeah, we don’t get to see a lot of him, but what we do see is downright chilling as we witness the villain's sick obsession with our titular character. Kilgrave "leaves a trail of broken people behind him," including our quick-tempered, sardonic and badass private eye. Kilgrave's past and present actions will no doubt have a prevalent role to play in the overall arc of the series, a la Daredevil's Kingpin (Vincent D'Onofrio).
The trailer also introduces us to Jessica’s friend Trish Walker, played by Rachael Taylor. It’s believed Trish could be comic-book character Patsy Walker, aka Hellcat, who was also an "empowered" human. Oh, and one of Kilgrave's victims, Hope (Erin Moriarty), could also have powers. That whole "never as good as you" jumping bit is a tad curious, don't you think?
Jessica Jones is going to be Marvel’s darkest series yet:
And I mean very, very dark. Not only does it look like Jessica likes her booze and is a bit of an alcoholic, but there’s some pretty dark s--t going on in there. It’s clear that the extremely stalkerish Kilgrave is a very disturbed Big Bad. Readers of the comics will already know what truly messed up things Kilgrave did to Jessica (which included abducting her for eight months and making her watch as he raped girls), prompting her to abandon her short-lived career as a superhero. Will the show go there? I think so. We also have a hint that the sicko made Jessica kill someone. But whom? Oh, and did you guys notice the three people hanging themselves behind our heroine? And the whole "you want to let me in" bit where there's those poor kids locked in that closet while bad stuff's happening? Boy, are we miles away from Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.
Things are going to get all hot and heavy in the series, AKA there will be SEX:
In what's a first for Marvel, those who've seen the first episode screened at New York Comic-Con a few weeks ago will tell you, there’s a lot of sexy times in it. And I'm putting this mildly. We even get a glimpse of said sexy times when the camera zooms in on Jessica’s ecstatic face as she’s getting it on with Luke Cage. You go, girl!
Where are the references to Daredevil and the Avengers?
One thing the trailer doesn’t give away is any reference to Daredevil or to Earth's Mightiest Heroes. Doesn't mean they're not going to address any of that in the course of the series (Jessica Jones is part of the Marvel Cinematic Universe after all, and the show is set on Daredevil's home turf of Hell's Kitchen) but in the trailer, there’s not one single name drop of Matt Murdock and Co. Not one shot of our Man Without Fear.
Heck, there's not even a tiny peek of Rosario Dawson’s Claire Temple, whom we know will appear on Netflix's second Marvel series. Instead, we get a brief look at Carrie-Ann Moss who plays high-powered lawyer Jeryn Hogarth. In the comics, Hogarth (who is a man) has ties to Luke Cage and Iron Fist. Both heroes will get their own Netflix series before everyone gangs together for The Defenders.
What else did you guys notice? Chime in with your observations from the trailer below.
All 13 episodes of Marvel's Jessica Jones will premiere on Nov. 20 on Netflix.