After fulfilling one nerdy childhood dream when he became the tenth Doctor, nerd icon David Tennant seems to be just as excited to join the Marvel universe as Killgrave (aka Purple Man in the comics) for the upcoming Netflix series: A.K.A. [Jessica Jones](series:1168773).
At Wizard World last weekend, Tennant was tightlipped about the details of the show, saying that [Marvel](channel:932254) snipers "follow you wherever you go". But according to WithAnAccent, he was still raving about the opportunity, and his lifelong love of comic books.
This is something I grew up with. It’s like my eight year old self doesn’t know what to do with himself! ... Marvel are now making the movies that as an eight year old [I] thought…why hasn’t anybody made those movies. But I guess the world has caught up, technology has caught up which allows these things in part to be realized so beautifully.
There is nothing that makes my nerdy heart happy like knowing that an actor isn't just bingeing on comics as source material, always looking at it as a part. Seeing an actor like Tennant join the universe he knows so well means that we should get some real depth and passion to his performance as Killgrave (a touch-phobic mind-controller who was one of the first villains [Daredevil](movie:47230) went up against).
More than just a love of the characters, Tennant has a real appreciation of comics as an art form, which was obvious when he was talking about his welcome to the Marvel family with a trip to the head offices.
I got shown around and clever people gave me comic books and told me how they got made and met people that spent their day doing that stuff. It was so exciting. I think comic books are a glorious wonderful art form and I think Marvel is one of the things that we’ll be looking back on in a hundred years’ time, ... they’ll be one of the cornerstones of our cultural existence.
What can I say, other than to stand up and applaud this man! Someone who is not only a brilliant actor, but a nerd through and through.
The only part of this that is anything other than glorious is that unless Killgrave is a major recurring baddie in Jessica Jones (and possibly in the other connected shows; Daredevil, Luke Cage and Iron Fist), this may be his only role within the Marvel Cinematic Universe. I feel like someone with such a deep love of the comic world should have a bigger part to play. Of course, it's always possible to see him re-emerge elsewhere after his time in the Netflix-verse is done - Chris Evans managed to play the Human Torch for Fox, before joining Marvel/Disney as Captain America.
Even if Killgrave is Tennant's only stint with Marvel, I know that it is going to bring fans flocking to the Jessica Jones series (not that they weren't going to already... A full season appearing on Netflix? I won't be the only one binge-watching!).
Tennant is an absolute nerd icon, and I cannot wait to see what he brings to Killgrave. He's clearly aware of what makes a comic book great, as he ends his comments with some real insight into what keeps fans interested, decade after decade.
It comes down to stories, it comes down to the heart and that’s what makes the stories sing.
A.K.A. Jessica Jones[Jessica Jones](series:1168773)comes to Netflix later this year.