Marvel’s Jessica Jones Brings Adult Depths & Drama Without Living Off The Avengers
Marvel does it again as its latest Netflix exclusive property is the talk of entertainment circles all over. I honestly wasn’t even that pressed to check out Jessica Jones. I really was only focused on how much of a role Luke Cage would play in the series but 3 episodes in I was hooked.
Marvel is doing an amazing job giving all of their respective titles a life of their own without having to live of the overall presence of the Cinematic Universe. Jessica Jones is dark gritty, explicit and graphic. The New York that Jessica Jones presents has a level of humanity that you don’t get in the TV and Film productions and that Dare Devil touched on a bit. Jessica Jones early on opens up to the unknown experiments that gave her super human ability. This is delivered in a manner where the world is still wary and unsure what to make of individuals with the power of an army within them.
Jessica Jones and her series long pursuit of KilGrave better known as the Purple Man to comic fans is one part police drama with a series overtone of Silence of the Lambs.
Kilgrave has powers that he has used to violate his victim, Jessica included, but what is most evil is that this isn’t Ultron or Thanos who can destroy the planet. Kilgrave’s ability to speak words to action and make conscious slaves of people allows his sadistic nature to hit home.
There is a steady theme of human frailty and imperfection with all the characters with in the show vs the element of amazement and wonder that Thor or Iron Man exude.
Marvel gives you just enough connectivity by the end of the series to let you know that paths will cross in the aftermath of the Avengers New York “incident”.
Unlike Agents of Shield which ties very directly in the Avengers world with appearances from Asgardians and Nick Fury himself, Netflix is being set up as the everyday mans view of the Marvel Universe. Who were people who were running when the sky was raining debris and alien war crafts.
Marvels knows that we don’t need consistent reminders of the world we are witnessing. They put the focus on the personal stories and let us wonder how will Jessica Jones react to Dare Devil in the future. Or perhaps we’ll get a foreshadowing of Spiderman in the upcoming Luke Cage series before Civil War.
It’s a skill knowing how much to give people and what to hold back. Jessica Jones strikes that balance perfectly. This pull no punches story stays stay to its source material while giving those that are new to the story everything they would need to feel invested in the plot.
Some folk missed the direction Marvel went in with JJ. Perhaps their knowledge on the story is lacking or they just want more.
“..the Marvel Cinematic Universe is just weird. It’s why if I hear something like “Marvel says Deadpool is part of the MCU!” that starts to mean less and less to me. So now, what, Ant-Man will show up in a two second cameo in that movie or something?”
Personally I hope Marvel keeps this same tone going forward until time comes to fully pull all these platforms together. Let the stories breathe on their own a bit so that when the crossovers happen they have a true feeling worlds meeting vs a forced co-existence.