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What's the Big Difference Between Netflix's 'Jessica Jones' and Other Marvel Series?

By Cindy Davis | Streaming | October 13, 2015 |

By Cindy Davis | Streaming | October 13, 2015 |

No, I wasn’t among the lucky crowd who attended the Jessica Jones/Daredevil panel at NYCC. Not only did those people get to hear and see Krysten Ritter, Mike Colter, Rachael Taylor, Carrie-Anne Moss, Eka Darville, Erin Moriarty, Wil Traval, Charlie Cox Deborah Ann Woll, Elden Henson, Elodie Yung, and Jon Bernthal, plus both series’ showrunners; they got to see the entire first episode of Jessica Jones. As you can imagine, attendees were cautioned not to reveal what they’d seen, but Vulture is being quite open about a particular aspect of the upcoming Netflix series, and it sounds very different from any other Marvel show you’ve seen. While this doesn’t involve specific plot information, it is very ***Spoilerish, so if you’d rather know nothing, now’s the time to back out this post.


If you’ve been watching the teasers, you’ll remember this one which is set in a bar, presumably the one Luke Cage runs, and it’s apparently there that Jessica first meets — and hits on — him. Here’s a description of the “delightfully unsubtle” scene, and what followed:

“In a sequence lifted more or less directly from the comics series Jessica Jones is based on, a depressed Jessica finds Luke at the bar he runs and confidently hits on him. He’s coy at first, accusing her of flirting with him, but Jessica says she doesn’t flirt: she just gets what she wants. ‘What do you want?’ Luke asks.

Smash cut to Luke on top of Jessica in his bed, going at it with a sexual fury unlike anything Marvel (or DC, for that matter) has even come close to putting on screen. She eggs him on, and when he warns her that she might not be able to take it, she insists she can. At that point, he flips her over and starts taking her from behind while the camera focuses on her impassioned face. It’s a scene where Jessica is in total control of her sexuality. Whatever her reason may be for banging Luke, she’s doing it on her terms. It’s the way real-life grown-ups have sex, not the way neutered TV superheroes do. The audience at Comic Con seemed to simultaneously clutch its pearls and lean forward in titillated fascination.”

Daredevil came at us with an opening fight sequence that took our breath away, and it sounds like Jessica Jones will add in unflinching sex scenes, and Carrie-Anne Moss’ gender-switched character. But, if you’re worried Ritter was required to be more revealing than a male counterpart, don’t. The actress said you won’t see her boobs because “I didn’t want to show them.”

Vulture had some additional information on Moss’ Jeri Hogarth, as well:

“Carrie-Anne Moss plays Jeri Hogarth, a high-powered lawyer who hires the titular Jessica to serve a subpoena to a heavily guarded club owner. While the women discuss the job during a late-night phone-call, a young woman slinks up behind the glamorous Jeri and begins nuzzling and nibbling her neck. Just a few scenes later, we find out that this encounter is an affair, and that Jeri’s cheating on her female partner.

Later in the episode, Jessica is in need of cash and, after dark, drops in to see a wealthy erstwhile companion named Trish. Neither character says it outright, but the brief interaction heavily implies that they used to be a romantic item. There’s talk of how Jessica used to discuss her most closely guarded emotional struggles until she pushed Trish away, there’s a palpable and melancholy attraction in their gazes, and there’s a sweet surrender to financial kindness on Trish’s part that is usually reserved for concerned former lovers.”

And if the episode’s violence, Marvel’s first openly gay female character, and a graphic sex scene aren’t enough, showrunner Melissa Rosenberg has another dark scene in store. The first hour also reportedly includes PTSD and two characters dealing with the after effects of rape (further details).

So uh, yeah. It sounds like we’re in for a hell of a ride, people. We might all need a stiff one after “Ladies Night.”

Here’s an excellent conversation with Rosenberg and the cast:

Jessica Jones premieres on Netflix November 20th.

Cindy Davis, (Twitter)

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