Releasing all at once on Nov 20th, Jessica Jones is the second Netflix-Marvel creation (the first being Daredevil, of course). The series, spanning thirteen episodes, will play out much like the comic book series Alias. Today, we’ll take a look at the classic Marvel character, her painful past, and her connection to the enigmatic Purple Man – played by David Tennant in the Netflix series.
Jessica Jones (Originally introduced as Jessica Campbell) went to school with Peter Parker AKA Spider-Man, apparently witnessing the spider bite resulting in Peter’s powers. While riding in the car with her family, they were struck by a military convoy carrying radioactive chemicals. Her family was killed and Jessica fell into a deep coma, recovering only after several months. The time she re-awoke coincided with the Fantastic Four’s battle against Galactus, during which heavy amounts of cosmic radiation were released.
Adopted by Mr. and Mrs. Jones after spending time in an orphanage, Jessica discovered she possessed numerous abilities: strength, durability, and flight. She was enrolled at Midtown high but ostracized by her classmates except for Peter Parker, whom she falsely believed only pitied her. She lashed out at him and flew away, only to lose control and crash into the Hudson River, eventually rescued by Thor.
After witnessing a fight between Spider-Man and Sandman, she felt urged to use her powers to help others. She named herself “Jewel,” and became a super heroine, but her career was less than stellar. While simply trying out her powers, she crash-landed on Scorpion while he was robbing a Laundromat, stunning him enough to be apprehended.
Sometime later, she came upon a fistfight in a restaurant, discovering Zebediah Killgrave – AKA the Purple Man – had demanded the men fight. Killgrave overpowered Jessica using his pheromone-based mind control, telling her to take care of the police while he finished his meal . . . among other things. She was captured by the Purple Man and kept prisoner for eight months, eventually sent to attack Daredevil due to the Purple Man’s rage. Once out of range of his pheromones, Jessica began to reclaim some semblance of control, though still focused on her mission. She ended up attacking the Scarlet Witch simply because she wore red like Daredevil, but after the first hit she regained control and was nearly killed by the Vision and Iron Man.
Jean Grey of the X-Men helped Jessica wake up from another coma, and after a period of recovery became a violent, hardened vigilante known as Knightress, bitter about her time spent under the Purple Man’s control. She broke up a crime meeting between the Owl and a Mafioso, meeting Luke Cage for the first time (whom she would later marry). One of the thugs at the meeting had brought his children, and Jessica ended up looking after them for the night after revealing her identity to the police. Luke Cage later joined her, and the two talked long into the night.
She soon retired from the superhero life, becoming a detective at the firm Alias Investigations, specializing in super hero activity. After a number of interesting investigations, some involving characters like Captain America, Spider-Man, Daredevil, and more, Jessica is alerted to the presence of the Purple Man, who again turns her world upside down.
It’s probable this is the timeline where the Netflix series will pick up, though details are sparse. Tennant’s Purple Man promises to be a chilling character, Krysten Ritter (Jane Margolis from Breaking Bad) looks to stun as the titular character, and Mike Colter (whose biggest role is likely boxer Big Willie Little in the film Million Dollar Baby) will appear as Luke Cage, setting up his own Netflix series.
We hope you’ve enjoyed a rundown of Jessica Jones! Come back next week for more fun fan superhero information!