Published on October 26th, 2015 | by Lauren McPhee


Marvel’s Jessica Jones Official Trailer

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Marvel and Netflix have just released the Marvel’s Jessica Jones official trailer, which if you don’t already know, will tell the story of an ex-superhero just trying to get by working as a private investigator in the big city. It is the second in Marvel’s television cinematic-universe spin-off, and comes after the pretty excellent first season of Daredevil. Based on the comic Alias by Brian Michael Bendis and Michael Gaydos, and following in the vein of its predecessor, the story looks to delve into the darker side of what it means to be a superhero without the money, or the god-like prestige, or an organisation like S.H.I.E.L.D at your back.

I’ve had my own expectations and reservations about Jessica Jones, but I found the trailer alleviated most of those fears, and spurred on a lot of my excitement. Due out on the 20th of November, I can already see myself binge-watching Jessica Jones that weekend. So just briefly, I’m going to go into what I particularly liked about the trailer and what I think we have to look forward to when the series premieres.

Netflix's Jessica Jones

Firstly, the series looks to fit really neatly into a mould that matches the style and texture of Daredevil, a series that I enjoyed for its martial arts, its tone, and its subtle dodging of convention. On top of that, the Netflix series continue to mark themselves out as different from the films; there’s a great deal more on the ground struggle, messiness and moral ambiguity. These heroes survive almost on account of their flaws. There is a loneliness and isolation to them, even a separation from those whom they are close to. There is great questioning about what it means to be a hero, and who gets counted.

Secondly, Krysten Ritter – I’ve been hesitant to accept her in the role of Jessica Jones, mostly arbitrarily based on my own preconceptions of her in other roles. However, the trailer has me believing in her. It’s partly the voice-over; her voice has the uncertainty, the cynicism, and the insecurity that is at the heart of Alias. Then it’s the way she tosses people around, her fear and nervousness, and the compassion she shows to the other victims of Kilgrave. Jessica Jones starts out as a big bundle of ragged emotions, bitterness and something else, something strong and courageous. I see that. I also hear it in the music, in the song that really drew me in, so much so that I just listen to it over and over. It’s “Thousand Eyes” by Of Monsters and Men, if you were wondering. And it’s perfect.

Netflix's Jessica Jones

Lastly, it’s the little details that make me believe in this story and in the series’ ability to tell it. It’s the Alias Investigations sign on the door, and the smashed glass as an obnoxious client goes through it. It means a lot, the series coming from a comic, the first word of which is “Fuck”. Then there’s Luke Cage, played by Mike Colter. We don’t see too much of him, but in the few moments we do, his presence is comforting; I can’t yet predict chemistry, but I’m pretty sure I’ll love Luke when I see him in full. Then there’s who we don’t see. Kilgrave is the dangerous element; with the potential to be very problematic, the trailer serves two purposes by keeping him in the dark. Yes, there is suspense, and yes, his presence (felt as it is) is threatening. But there is still the possibility that this story tumbles down into the dredges of sexual assault narratives that don’t do any justice to the reality of such experiences. I hope that doesn’t happen. At this point, however, I can’t quite relax with any encouragement that it will not.

So, as things stand, I believe in this Jessica Jones, I believe in her story, and I believe in her world. I think the trailer is excellent, like a tiny episode all its own; it builds story, character, and tone through its paced construction, creating tension and anticipation. The music is the highlight for me, as well as the beautiful artwork of the accompanying logo at the end. My only standing reservations concern the character of Kilgrave, played by David Tennant; he’s so integral to the story, and I think that Tennant will make him dangerously, humanly, monstrous. The concern then becomes, will the series’ feed off the exploitation of his victims? I have a feeling the creators know better than to do that, and if that’s true, we’ll be in for something different, something critical and heart-breaking, thrilling and honest.


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