Jessica Jones is about to join forces with the best superheroes Hell's Kitchen has to offer in The Defenders, but after the crazy ninja cult that is The Hand is taken out, she's going back to her solo P.I. career next year with the second season of her namesake series. Season 1 saw the heroine face off against David Tennant's Kilgrave, a manipulative sociopath with mind-control powers who abused her both sexually and psychologically over an extended period of time.
Tennant delivered an outstanding performance as #Kilgrave, and fans loved the character despite his overall heinousness. Kilgrave met his end after Jessica snapped his neck, which made us think we'd never get to see him again.
It appears we'll get another crack at loving to hate him, however: David Tennant will be returning as Kilgrave in the #Netflix series—somehow.
Entertainment Weekly recently revealed that #DavidTennant is back as Kevin Thompson, a.k.a. Kilgrave, in Season 2 of Jessica Jones. To hold us over until the show returns, the site also released our first picture of on set, alongside Krysten Ritter:
Ok, I'm pushing down my desire to scream from unbridled excitement right now. He has signature purple suit on, his hand in his pocket and his charming smirk ready to go. Yes, Purple Man is definitely back.
Now, as exciting as this is, we have to take a deep breath and analyze the situation. His neck has seen better days, so you may be wondering:
How Will Kilgrave Come Into Play Once Again?
EW didn't reveal any further details about the return, but fortunately we have some answers. At first, it's easy to think he'll be revived. Despite its brutal realism, the Netflix corner of the Marvel Cinematic Universe isn't above reviving people. Elektra died but is about to come back to life to make the #Defenders' lives a living hell, after all.
However, it looks like Kilgrave will be involved in the show in a completely different way: By being a figment of Jessica's imagination –– similar to what we saw Bruce Wayne experience with The Joker in Batman: Arkham Knight. A Twitter user managed to snap a few pics from the Jessica Jones Season 2 set, which show Kilgrave getting up close and personal with not not only Jessica, but also her best friend/neighbor, Malcolm while they're out on the streets of Hell's Kitchen:
Both characters were under the villain's control for a long time, so it looks like a portion of Kilgrave remains inside their minds, even though that mind's long dead. This isn't the first time we got hints for that happening. During an interview with Digital Spy earlier this year, #KrystenRitter stated that in a weird way, Kilgrave's death deeply affected Jessica, because she feels she doesn't have a purpose anymore:
"Kilgrave was her reason for getting up every morning. Saving people gave her purpose. I wonder how emotionally taxed she's going to be now. That opens a lot of doors as to who will come out and play. We all live in the same universe, so there are endless possibilities."
The show's first season was lauded for its realistic depiction of the aftermath of sexual assault, and its psychological effects on people long after the rape occurs. During the season's closing moments, it was made it clear that Jessica was still badly damaged. Snapping Kilgrave's neck didn't magically reassemble the heroine's broken psyche, understandably.
Taking that in account, having him as a lingering presence in Jessica's mind will be a great opportunity to follow up on that thread. It will give us a great insight into who she is and how she's adjusting. How does she feel now that he's no longer a part of her life? Does talking to an imaginary version of the villain help her in any way?
That has the chance to be an awesome character exploration, one that we rarely see in superhero adaptations. Jessica Jones Season 2 will arrive on Netflix in early 2018. While we wait for that, we'll see the hard-drinking heroine alongside The Defenders on August 18:
How do you feel about Kilgrave going back to the Marvel Universe? Let me know in the comments!
[Source: Entertainment Weekly]