This Friday, the world saw the release of Marvel Studio's 2nd Netflix title - Marvel's Jessica Jones. I of course like everyone else binge-watched the entire season over a 2-3 day period. Series creator Melissa Rosenberg stated on Easter eggs and references to Marvel comics and the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) itself that "every episode has a little something in it". So I decided to take upon myself to create a blog with all the marvel references that I can find. Most likely I will miss some marks.
THIS ARTICLE MAY CONTAIN SPOILERS TO THE SERIES FOR THOSE WHO HAVE NOT YET WATCH IT.
We'll see how this goes and see how many I can find:
Episode 1: AKA Ladies Night (Premiere)
Luke Cage Shirt: The first time we see Luke Cage is in his apartment and he is wearing the classic Gold-Yellow shirt that his character is known for wearing.
Episode 2: AKA Crush Syndrome
Hellcat training: Right at the end we see Patsy "Trish" Walker training in self-defense tactics. This could be a possible training method for her future vigilante identity Hellcat.
Episode 3: AKA It's Called Whiskey
Hulk mention: When Luke Cage and Jessica Jones are eating, he talks about people with abilities. He states "There's you, me, the big green dude whose cruel." Obviously he is referring to Dr. Bruce Banner AKA The Incredible Hulk himself.
Metro-General Hospital: The same hospital from Marvel's Daredevil where Claire Temple works is shown on a list of hospitals that Jessica prints out.
Sweet Christmas: After another night with Jessica, Luke says his signature comic book catchphrase "Sweet Christmas".
Episode 4: AKA 99 Friends
Battle of New York: One of Jessica's new clients tries to kill her because she is gifted. She blames her and all other superheroes for her mother's death. Jessica tells her to blame it on the big green guy (Hulk) or the Flag-waver (Captain America).
Episode 5: AKA The Sandwich Saved Me
Jewel: In a flashback scene, Trish shows Jessica a costume for her superhero antics. It is exactly based off of Jessica's Jewel costume from the comics. Trish even names Jessica's superhero identity Jewel.
Episode 9: AKA Sin Bin
Nuke pills: The pills that Koslov gives to Will Simpson while he is in the hospital have 3 colors: Red, White, and Blue. The same colors of the American Flag, like the one Simpson's villainous identity, Nuke, paints on his face in the comics.
Episode 11: AKA I've Got the Blues
Why so serious?: Not really a reference to Marvel, but a poke at DC Comics. After Simpson asks Jessica if she's alright, she replies with "What doesn't kill us makes us stranger." That I believe is a direct reference to Heath Ledger's Joker in The Dark Knight, with that being his 2nd line in the movie.
Episode 13: AKA Smile (Finale)
Night Nurse returns: Rosario Dawson stated that she would have a guest role on Jessica Jones. It turns out that was the finale episode. So her appearance was nothing more than a cute connection to Daredevil.
Beginning of The Purple Man: Kilgrave does not have the purple skin like in the comics, but thanks to the fluid injection he now has purple veins coursing through his body. You can see them when he officially gets angry.
Well that's all I could find on my end. There are probably more that other people will find. Opinion on the series: 92% Overall great tone! I say Daredevil season 1 was better, but only by a little bit. Jones handled well on subjects such as rape, sexuality, and Post-traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). It is also Marvel's most graphic show yet. The sex scenes between Jessica and Luke, as well as Trish and Simpson, and the graphic violence with Hope, Kilgrave dismembering his father, and Simpson's Nuke rage, really set in the noir-tone they were trying to go for. Though Marvel movies were toned down for younger audiences, I can tell you this show is definitely NOT for kids. David Tennant's performance was spot on. Episode based, the first 5 episodes were great, but then the next 3 kinda went downhill for me. Other people might disagree, and they probably will, but I'm fine with that; to each his own. Kilgrave did not have the Purple skin like his comic book counterpart, but that's okay since he was like Vincent D'onofrio's Kingpin; he wasn't called Kingpin, he was called Wilson Fisk; Tennant wasn't portraying The Purple Man he was portraying Kilgrave. We see Trish Walker in self-defence training, but sadly we did not get a reference her vigilante alias Hellcat. Do I see Jessica Jones going for a second season? No I do not. Because the only 2 main adversaries of Jessica Jones are The Purple Man and Norman Osborn. Since most likely they will not be adapting Osborn for a Netflix series before the Spider-Man movie, and since Kilgrave's neck was snapped in the season 1 finale, there would be no main adversary for Jessica to face in Season 2.
That's 2 down, 4 to go! Next up we Daredevil Season 2 where Matt Murdock takes on both Elektra and The Punisher, played by Elodie Yung and Jon Bernthal respectively. Then we move on to Luke Cage, which takes place before and after Jessica Jones. Afterwards we are supposed to get Iron Fist and then finally Defenders. Daredevil S2 should keep to its original timeline and be ready for late Spring (Not Confirmed) while I guess the Luke Cage series won't be done until late summer/early fall (Not confirmed). Iron Fist and Defenders would be out til mid-2017 (Not Confirmed) at the earliest.