Jessica Jones Marvel Netflix

Marvel and Netflix’s first series, Daredevil, was a great, character-driven escape from all of the big screen spectacle that’s seen in Marvel Studios’ films. The stakes were no longer global or even just national – they were confined to part of a city, and the multiple hour-long episodes gave viewers a much better chance to delve into the Marvel Cinematic Universe’s version of New York and the interesting characters who populate it. Now, we’re getting a chance to further explore the MCU’s Big Apple as another hero steps into the spotlight: Jessica Jones (Krysten Ritter). The series will be available on Netflix this Friday (11/20/15), but we had a chance to check it out early. So far, it’s a terrific follow-up to the Man Without Fear’s show!

A gripping and powerful story

What’s the point of following a show if you’re not legitimately interested in the lead character? Thankfully, Jessica Jones is someone who’s worthy of the spotlight, and this series’ beginning does a superb job proving it. We’d be shocked if you don’t have an emotional connection to Krysten Ritter’s lead character by the end of the first episode. This debut chapter does a great job of slowly giving us a deep insight into Jessica Jones while staying true to the darker – yet not overly depressing – tone established in Matt Murdock’s show. She’s a badass who isn’t big on social etiquette, but the first episode does a brilliant job humanizing her, too. By the time the credits begin to roll, you’ll more than likely have an emotional connection established to Jessica and you’ll certainly have a whole lot of confidence in how the show will continue to handle its cast.

Expanding the Marvel Cinematic Universe

With more Netflix shows on the way (e.g. Iron Fist, Luke Cage, The Defenders), it’s no surprise that Mike Colter’s Luke Cage plays a standout role in the episode. Don’t worry, though, because he by no means overshadows Jessica’s story, and a whole lot about the durable character has yet to be revealed. If anything, he’s here right now to further Jessica Jones’ story instead of appearing just so fans can happily point out the fact they recognize him. (“Hey, I know that character!”) So far, he’s an organic addition to the show and this episode is guaranteed to leave you wanting to see more of the two interacting. As we all previously saw, the Daredevil series was loaded with easter eggs and cameos, so it’s only a matter of time before it’s revealed who else may pop up in this section of New York that is regularly overlooked in the Marvel Cinematic Universe’s big screen adventures. Fingers crossed the series will also find a natural way to tease Iron Fist’s presence…

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A frightening villain

Marvel Studios’ movies are hugely entertaining, but a criticism that keeps popping up is how the studio handles its villains. Let’s just say sometimes they aren’t as fearsome or as dangerous as some fans would like the foes to be. Well, after Daredevil and now the first episode of Jessica Jones, it’s clear this won’t be an issue for Marvel and Netflix’s shows. After all, a hero is only as good as their villain, right? David Tennant’s Kilgrave (a.k.a. Purple Man) is chilling in this first episode and he has a truly haunting presence. This episode is first and foremost a character study of Jessica Jones and, just like Luke Cage, Kilgrave plays a pivotal role in further fleshing out the lead while also teasing why he’s worthy of being the big bad. Kilgrave undeniably has the potential to go down as one of the creepiest and most terrifying villains in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, and that’s just after the first episode…

A strong cast

You can have an astonishing script, amazing special effects, and phenomenal directing, but it’ll all be for nothing if the cast can’t bring believable, attention-grabbing performances. Jessica Jones doesn’t have to worry about that being a problem. You can bet the acting will sell you on the ups and downs these characters are going through. There’s some truly powerful material scattered throughout this first episode’s script, and the leading cast does an excellent job making sure these jaw-dropping moments are every bit as absorbing as they should be. Thanks to these performances and a solid script, Jessica Jones is off to an impressive start. Jessica Jones may not be as well known as Daredevil and the other heroes in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, but with a show this promising, it’s assured she’s about to get plenty of new fans.

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