As huge franchises seem to become more and more a thing, especially with the unprecedented success of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, there is an outcry for more.
And a lot of these mores are a great thing: more diversity (racial, gender, and sexuality), more character growth, the chance for different characters to be shown, and, of course, more exploration for the consequences to these actions of the events and the characters.
Sooner or later, hopefully sooner, these mores will have to be shown. In a film setting, there is less time to do it in. Add too much and the film comes off overstuffed, which is one of the complaints I heard for Avengers: Age of Ultron and The Amazing Spider-Man 2.
As my screenwriting professor said, “less is more”. This is especially true in film scripts with a limited window of time given.
A lot of the aftermath usually falls onto fandom, where there is amazing meta analyzing characters and picking apart film sequences. I can wax rhapsodic on some of the awesome stuff I’ve read.
But the question remains: what is the best way to really explore all these ‘more’ concepts.
Well it seems like Marvel and Netflix are teaming up to work on that. Do I even need to bring up Daredevil? And how it was like a thirteen hour movie which gave us on of the most fascinating and complex villains in the MCU, but also explored how criminals will always find a foothold in the aftermath of tragedy.
I could go on, but I won’t.
Let’s talk about Jessica Jones.
How excited am I for AKA Jessica Jones?
Like I am super excited, maybe even more excited then I was for Agent Carter. Not only is the cast totally kick-ass (love to Krysten Ritter), but the extended summary promises, much like Daredevil, the ramifications of having superheroes around and being one.
“Ever since her short-lived stint as a Super Hero ended in tragedy, Jessica Jones has been rebuilding her personal life and career as a hot-tempered, sardonic, badass private detective in Hell’s Kitchen, New York City. Plagued by self-loathing, and a wicked case of PTSD, Jessica battles demons from within and without, using her extraordinary abilities as an unlikely champion for those in need… especially if they’re willing to cut her a check.”
OH. MY. GOD. I am here for this.
In the comics, Jessica did have a short-lived superhero career as Jewel. That ended in tragedy when the Purple Man (who will be played by David Tennant in the series) took control of her mind and essentially forced her to be his sexual and physical slave over a period of months. It was only due to the intervention of Carol Danvers that Jessica was able to be brought in and recover. But the experience was enough to leave with terrible trauma. She did go on to become a PI, using her abilities for her work rather then anything else.
Eventually, she fell in love with Luke Cage (played by Mike Colter in the series) and had a child with him, who in the comics grows up to be Captain America. Badass.
Now given that some key characters to Jessica’s story are not in the MCU, how closely the comics will be followed is, as always, a wait and see kind of thing. Given the darker, and more adult, tone of the Netflix/Marvel shows, I wouldn’t rule out totally ignoring her backstory though (except the part where she had a crush on Peter Parker).
The show sounds just as heartbreaking and kickass as Jones herself is in the comics. So I’m ready to see how this interpretation of the character will go.
AKA Jessica Jones has no set release, but rumor has it it will be out later this year.
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