Marvel had a great 2015 with two shows both connected to the MCU. Both Jessica Jones and Daredevil hit Netflix to the delight of comic book fans everywhere. These shows also had some glaring similarities. Here's five examples of how the two shows have mirrored one another.
1. Karen Page & Hope Shlottman
To begin with, both Daredevil and Jessica Jones start off their first seasons with two, white females who have been set up for murder. Their obvious difference is the fact that Hope Shlottman did in fact pull the trigger, but knowing it was against her own will, we can safely say she was set-up, as Karen Page was.
Moreover, after both these characters are taken into custody, lawyers step in to try and to disprove the obvious. For Karen Page, Nelson & Murdock stepped in, it was their first case. For Hope, Jessica Jones enlisted Hogarth, a relatively high-profile lawyer. So, although we see two similar cases with Karen and Hope, there is a clear irony in that one involves low-profile lawyers, and the latter a high-profile one. These characters ended up becoming main characters as episodes went on.
2. Identity Crisis
It shouldn't be a surprise that this theme is found in both shows since they deal with superheroes, and superheroes are wondrous because of their complex characterizations. Throughout Daredevil, Matt Murdock's struggle to find his identity is as transparent as possible, as embodied by his 'sessions' with the priest (whom I do not know the name of, sadly, father?).
Similarly in Jessica Jones, although extreme, Jessica Jones finds herself in a daze with the whole superhero jig. We are introduced into her life after she quits being Jewel, so we are seeing her when she is in her 'cocoon', becoming someone different and someone who realizes their true potential and purpose, as evidenced with the ending when phone calls of help come through. Matt Murdock has been doing this for a while, yet he comes to question himself every once in awhile when he is forced to make difficult decisions. Now the problem isn't whether they can distinguish black from white or even the shades of grays, rather, whether they can defend the weak whilst protecting themselves and their loved ones.
3. Diversity in Love
Rarely do I get excited over such seemingly-minute things, but it is something key in our modern world. The fact that shows/movies can not only illustrate but epitomize things that might have once been taboo in society only sheds the light on what humanity is and supposed to be. But I'm getting ahead of myself, both in Daredevil and Jessica Jones the main characters find love in a person who's not of their ethnicity. Matt briefly is involved with the night nurse Claire Temple, and Jessica with Luke Cage.
Now, what I found interesting though, is the fact that while both Matt and Jessica had their identity issues, both their lovers were there as their guides, or the other voice in their heads. Claire wanted Matt to ease up and Luke supported the idea of Jessica kicking-ass like she did before. Another noteworthy idea, there is a role-reversal; meaning in Daredevil, Claire Temple would help Matt, the main character, and in Jessica Jones Luke Cage would be protected, sometimes, by Jessica Jones, the main characters. Oh the ironies...
4. 'The Black Guy Ends Up Dying'
Remember that thing I said about humanity in the previous list? Yeah, that one, you can scratch that out, haha. I'm exaggerating the truth a bit here, but in both Daredevil and Jessica Jones the journalist and the cop, respectively, end up being killed tragically. Urich and Clemons were both black, trying to do good in their own ways, and a minute detail, were both were glasses! If one ended up dying, we should've seen the unexpected coming.
Alas, we have made our way to the final key parallel between the two shows. First off, we notice the gleaming similarities in the introductions of the baddies. In Daredevil, Kingpin's first scene is when he is eerily staring at the 'Rabbit in a Snowstorm', the camera shows his back whilst he is facing the painting. Likewise, Kilgrave is introduced with his back towards the camera as he enters a stranger's home.
Furthermore, as we delve into the villains, we notice both these characters had messed up childhoods. Wilson was traumatized by his father, while Kilgrave was 'tortured' by both his parents. In the end, young Wilson kills his father, and Kilgrave kills first his mom, then his dad.
What's not to love about the below scene?
Although the parallels were shoved in front of our faces, both shows in their own ways were, nonetheless, excellent. So...
Daredevil returns to Netflix in March, check out the Season 2 promo!