After Netflix released the Daredevil series, fans of the Marvel Cinematic Universe exploded into a frenzy over how much it could change the Marvel films. After all, Daredevil gave us a much darker, grittier look at the superhero formula that we haven't seen with the Avengers films. As dark as Daredevil got, it was nothing compared to what we were shown in Jessica Jones, Marvel's latest Netflix series.
Jessica Jones stars Krysten Ritter, a super-powered private investigator living in New York City. In the show, she has to deal with a figure from her past, the mind-molding deviant Kilgrave, played by the magnificent David Tennant. Along with her good friend Trish Walker, she is forced to face her past in order to prevent Kilgrave from ruining more lives.
While the series itself is nothing short of mesmerizing, Jessica Jones just gets more interesting when you think of the many ways it can impact the rest of the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
Marvel Finally Has Their First Anti-Hero!
Whether your favorite Marvel character is Loki or Iron Man, it's safe to say that the characters are pretty cut and dry when it comes to their alignment. Iron Man, Captain America, and Thor are all heroes. Red Skull, Thanos, and Ultron are all villains. Even though Loki merits plenty of sympathy, he still repeatedly tried to take over the world. That makes him pretty villainous. With the character of Jessica Jones, we finally have a true character that fits neither description.
In a world of black and white, of heroes and villains, anti-heroes are the grey in between. They generally fight for good intentions, but their moral values are usually more lenient than other heroes. Think of Captain America for example. He is known for being the classic poster child, perfect in every way. He always fights for good and freedom, and he does whatever he can so save innocent people.
Jessica is more of an unorthodox character. Instead of being morally pure and righteous, she drinks heavily, she sleeps with men she finds in bars, and she has no problem hurting anyone who gets in her way.
She even shows her extremes in her final meeting with Kilgrave. Instead of capturing him or just beating him up, she snaps his neck at the earliest opportunity.
It Showed Us How Evil Marvel Villains Can Really Be!
With the exception of Loki, the majority of Marvel villains are pretty bland and forgettable. Take Yellowjacket from Ant-Man, or Whiplash from Iron Man 2. They both served the simple purpose of giving the hero someone to fight against. With David Tennant's Kilgrave, we finally get a villain with more sides than even the hero.
We are only given brief teases of his character at the beginning of the series, but as we see him more and more, we understand that there is more to him than just a stylish suit. One second he's charming, the next he's terrifying. One second he's intelligent, the next he's insane. He is one of the very few villains that I've sympathized with while I've hated his guts. That's hard to do.
It Deals With Real-World Problems!
The big-name superheroes of the MCU have mainly only fended off potential global catastrophes. One second there's an alien invasion, the next there's an international conspiracy to kill all heroes. Either way, we've never really gotten to see the smaller-scale struggles. Daredevil gave us a nice taste of the low-key villainy with Kingpin, but even that was an international mob threat.
With Jessica, things are personal. There are no cosmic threats, and no world-wide emergencies standing in front of her. Instead, she has to deal with real-world problems. Jessica Jones deals with mature topics like framed murder, revenge, and even sexual abuse with finesse, making it a lot more down-to-earth than the rest of the Marvel properties.
It Sets Up The Defenders!
The Avengers broke the mold of superhero movies by combining superheroes they had been building for years into one unstoppable crime-fighting team. So of course, when Marvel announced that they were going to bring some of their characters to Netflix, it became apparent that they were planning to do the same thing all over again. Except for this time, they aren't Avengers, they're Defenders.
The Defenders team-up for Netflix is pretty simple, and smaller than Earth's mightiest heroes. The team consists of Daredevil, Jessica Jones, Luke Cage, and Iron Fist. Well guess what? We already have three of those. Of course we had the Daredevil series, but in the Jessica Jones series, we are introduced to both Jessica and Luke Cage. Along with the nod to Daredevil at the end of the series, all we have to do now is wait until Iron Fist, and then The Defenders are coming.
It Introduces The Mysterious IGH!
When the mysterious organization Hydra was introduced to the MCU, comic fans instantly knew what it was. When the mysterious Inhumans were introduced in Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., comic fans instantly knew what they were. When IGH was introduced at the end of Jessica Jones, comic fans were just as confused as the rest of us.
Now if you haven't finished Jessica Jones, be warned that minor spoilers are ahead.
Not only is IGH mysterious to us, we know they are extremely dangerous as well. They were responsible for giving Simpson his super-strength pills, and they could hold the mystery to how Jessica got her powers in the first place. The series ends with them remaining just as much of a mystery as they started out being. That means they are still out there, running amok in the MCU. That's kind of big.
Despite Jessica Jones's smaller-scale plot in comparison to the rest of the MCU, it certainly is going to impact the rest of the movies and shows in no small way.