“Marvel hero Jessica Jones is coming to Netflix on November 20, the streaming service announced today. Here’s what you need to know about the hero and the show.
Jessica Jones is an orphan with superpowers
Jessica Jones was riding back from a family trip to Disney World when a military convoy carrying radioactive chemicals collided with her family’s car. Her brother and parents were killed, and Jessica went into a coma. When she woke up, she discovered she had super-strength and the ability to fly.
After witnessing a fight between fellow high schooler Spider-Man and bad guy Sandman in her classroom, Jessica decided to try to use her powers for good and become a superhero called Jewel. Her attempts to fight crime ended tragically, and eventually Jessica settled into life as a New York private detective. In the show, she will have to contend contend with dangers that arise from her superhero past in the form of ominously named villain Dr. Kilgrave, a.k.a The Purple Man (played by Doctor Who’s David Tennant).
She has a posse
Jessica Jones’ love interest is fellow superhero Luke Cage (played by Mike Colter). Her closest friend is Trish Walker (Rachael Taylor), a former model-turned-talk show host. In the comics, Trish Walker also donned the superhero identity Hellcat.
Jessica is also tied to more familiar heroes. In high school she had a secret crush on Peter Parker, a.k.a. Spider-Man., though it’s unclear if he’ll appear in the show now that he’s officially part of Marvel’s Cinematic Universe.
Her story is rated R
Jessica Jones made her comic book debut in the series Alias (no relation to the Jennifer Garner show). Alias was one of Marvel’s more mature comic books and included swearing and sex scenes. Jones herself is biting and sarcastic.
Staying true to the comics, Netflix has been touting the show as a psychological thriller…