Obviously, the show is named for Jessica Jones — not Jessica Drew — so it's possible this incarnation of Jessica Drew would share her comic counterpart's backstory with HYDRA, but having possibly changed her name and identity to protect herself after escaping their clutches.
Whether or not Marvel actually has the movie rights to the Spider-Woman name (because of Sony's Spider-Man movie franchise) is unclear, but given their recent deal to introduce Spidey in the MCU, it's not outside of the realm of possibility.
- Jossed — she's playing Jeryn Hogarth.
- Jossed, at least for Season 1.
- The Defenders
- Heroes for Hire
- Lady Liberators
- The New Warriors
- Jossed. She wasn't involved with any hero group. In fact, she only saved one person before being captured by Kilgrave. However, this series is set in the same MCU as the Avengers movies, and they are referenced in dialogue. Jessica will join the MCU's version of the Defenders when that miniseries comes around in 2017.
- Jossed. Trish has no powers in this show, at least in season 1.
After Jessica realised that a life of saving the world and punching out supervillains was not for her, so too her twin decided to give up on plots for world domination and nuclear terrorism, and instead focus on having fun as a young single gal in New York.
Of course, as an Evil Twin she's still kind of a ruthless psychopath, but she now turns her evil genius to scoring free drinks, manipulating James Van Der Beek, and terrorising whatever small-town ingenue has made the mistake of moving into her apartment this month. At least until June arrives...
- Played with; while there's no change in light when Kilgrave uses his powers, his influence does cause victims to start seeing the world in shades of purple.
- Jossed. His parents experimented on him decades before HYDRA got hold the scepter.
- Jossed. She operates out of her apartment.
- Jossed. He was created by experiments done on him by his parents.
- Building on that - he's the Handy Doctor under Chameleon Arch. Just look at this one.
- It's an undertone of the modern comics that the guy is a snarling abusive idiot to his kids and pretty evil. So, approving and funding experiments on MINORS and moral absolutists, fumbling in the dark to make monster hunters, and then leaving them in the field with no, or almost no, oversight, seems way more like something he'd do than HYDRA or SHIELD.
- We know Kilgrave wasn't the only child who was subjected to the experiments, and Kilgrave himself admits that he doesn't know where any of the other subjects are.
- One subject will be Mister Fear. Although he's a Daredevil villain in the comics, Nuke's presence here (although modified) shows that they're not above a bit of Rogues-Gallery Transplant note . Besides, his power set would work well for a Psychological Thriller. If the villain in the second season is Zoltan Drago or some other incarnation of Mr. Fear, but with a superpower that induces fear rather than have it coming from a weaponized gas, it would fit well in Jessica Jones. Jessica is already mentally scarred from the abuse and stalking she suffered from Kilgrave. Drago's powers would further unravel her psyche as she would likely still be afraid of Kilgrave and people like him even with Kilgrave dead. The second season could have Jessica learn to live with or let go of her fear to not just fight Mr. Fear but start to finally heal from her Kilgrave mental trauma. Maybe it could have a side effect of his powers be hallucinations of what you fear even when he's not around. Jessica naturally would hallucinate Kilgrave, and the show could still make use of David Tennant.
- Comic!Kilgrave has been known to survive major injury and go into a death like state but then recover. The dude walked in front of an oncoming train and survived that. Hell resurrect and seek revenge. Hes a living virus, and has now been made even more powerful and more maniacal due to being injected in the neck with his unborn childs (purple) tissue. Hes not a a normal human after all, so they can explain anything away by his genetic mutations. He will come back even more powerful and more purple. Maybe not the full spray job, but at least the veins like we see when injected, and when he yells stop at the end.
- The Hand is well known for their ability to resurrect people, and Kilgrave would make an amazing weapon if they could control him. He'd have to be nerfed, but the resurrection could explain that.
- Netflix would not let an actor like David Tennant go after just one critically acclaimed season. Sometime in Season 2, her refusal to seek therapy will eventually cause her to hallucinate Kilgrave a la Joker in Batman: Arkham Knight. It would be simultaneously interesting and disturbing to hear him comment on Jessica's actions and hamper with her investigations.
- It would make perfect sense considering he never really had anyone to teach it to him growing up. As a result, there really is no right or wrong in his eyes.
- Confirmed by David Tennant that this is how we are to see Kilgrave; the fact that he attained the ability to get anything he wants at such a young age made it impossible for him to gain a sense of ethics.
- Leviathan's most visible operative Dr. Ivchenko had what could easily be seen as a rudimentary form of Kilgrave's power, and the first season of Agent Carter leaves them still around, and likely wanting to duplicate his formula after he was captured by the SSR. But without his genius, it takes a few decades until the Thompsons accidentally activate an even more powerful version in their son.
- Jossed as throughout the series we have seen Kilgrave obsessed with Jessica. He would have no reason to fake his death by controlling Jessica. If he had control of Jessica he would have taken her. Also there was a body and witnesses hence Jessica being arrested for his murder. You know Jessica would not make the same mistake twice and double check the body. Simply put if he had power over Jessica he would have taken her as his slave again and picked up where he left off with her. He had no reason to fake his death, no benefit from it. His control would have worn off after 24 hours anyway and Jessica would be free to wonder if he was really dead. Also the fact that the people on the dock regained their free will pretty much confirms that he's dead and that his control doesn't survive his death.
- I wouldn't say completely jossed. As mentioned above, comic!Killgrave has been able to survive horrific injuries much more severe than a mere broken neck. That and it is mentioned that being put under anesthesia shuts down the part of his brain that gives him his powers, meaning that going into a comatose, deathlike state could do much the same thing, releasing those dockworkers from his control because his power was momentarily gone.
- It was the Mandarin. Perhaps without the same level of control, or an extra serving of pettiness, but a little throwaway line like that would be an interesting way to set up that the guy is already operating in NY, and potentially going to start on his own plans soon.
- Given the description (an Asian man with glowing red eyes and red clothing), it might have been a member of The Hand, who have already appeared in Daredevil and who might under some circumstances actually be that petty.
- It could be an Iron Fist villain, given that's the next Netflix Marvel series in the lineup.
- Flashbacks in Luke Cage (2016) establish that Reva had been a counselor at Seagate Penitentiary, where she met Luke. After Rackham's attempt to kill Luke in the liquid bath failed (with Rackham getting killed and Luke getting his unbreakable skin), Luke broke out and he and Reva went on the run.
- Jossed. Reva had no connections to IGH and likely didn't know anything about it.
- Biotech organization?
- Experimenting on people in the 90s?
- Trying to give people superpowers/understand where their powers come from?
- People developing superpowers from medicinal treatments?
- Three letter acronym?
- It's something Nick Fury had going, never officially connected to SHIELD, but when SHIELD fell, they started doing their own thing, and Coulson doesn't know about them. It'd fit with the Tahiti Project, too. That shows that Nick got up to some pretty dark stuff. Plus, the MCU is somewhat based on the Ultimate Universe, where Nick Fury is straight up a war criminal.
- Jossed. It was a small underground medical facility that only had three patients who survived.
- Jossed. The initials IGH stand for Industrial Garments & Handling Facility, which was a front.
- Confirmed. While the affects of the drug wore off, season 2 has Trish taking a modified version of Simpson's drug, eventually leading her to undergo dangerous experiments to gain powers.
- What if, in this universe, all of Improv Everywhere's various acts (like 200 people freezing in place simultaneously for five minutes in Grand Central Terminal, or lots of people going pants-free on the subway, etc.) weren't planned by paid performers, but just random strangers mind-controlled by Kilgrave to do these sorts of things?
- Kilgrave has a daughter, Kara, in the comics who grows up to be a hero.
- Jessica may have to deal with the moral dilemma of whether or not it's okay to kill a child who has Kilgrave's dangerous abilities.
- Seems to be Jossed since it's been confirmed Jeri will be in Iron Fist.
- Jossed. Killgrave has no connection to IGH.
- Jossed. Simpson died early in season two and the body was tossed into the middle of the ocean.
- Jossed. Koslov died off-screen at the hands of Alisa.
- He makes a one-scene cameo in season 2.
- Kilgrave mentioned to Jessica in her childhood home that he told Jessica to "take care of her", rather than some more specific command. He didn't say to "knock her out" or, better yet, to "kill her", he just said to take care of her and Jessica's immediate action was to hit Reva as hard as she possibly could. This theory goes that Jessica's guilt over killing Reva was not initially due to said traumatic event, but because she was already immune to Kilgrave's virus control when he told her to "take care of her", which means she killed her on her own free will. Think about it, Kilgrave's commands are always taken literally (aside from the few widely understood figures of speech, such as telling someone to shut up; a person won't try and find some way to literally "shut" something "up" or upward). Remember the scene at Jessica's childhood home when Kilgrave was telling her that he has always had trouble with speaking to people. His example was that "I once told a guy to go screw himself, could you imagine that?" Virtually everything he says is taken literally, even if it's figurative (but not assertive). Plenty of people know that saying to "take care" of someone usually means to kill them, but Jessica was innocent; she has said over and over again that she is "not a murderer". She'd never even been in a situation like that, or any crime-related situation... prior to that night. Think back to the scene when Kilgrave breaks into her apartment, and she argues with him about being under his control or not while they were "dating". He says he knew that, at least, she didn't listen to him (the flashback to Jessica in the yellow dress at Kilgrave's condo, on the balcony). It was an immunity that she built up to him over time due to exposure. It wasn't a sudden traumatic spark in her brain that unexpectedly made her immune to his virus. And back to the Reva incident, specifically how she was killed by Jessica. Well, Jessica never punched anyone that hard throughout the season, even in life threatening situations where she wasn't hesitant to kill if need be. So, in theory, that guilt Jessica has about killing Reva is because she fully understood her power and made a conscious decision to hit her harder than she would ever hit anyone else. This all ties in with how Kilgrave's mind control works in the first place: as his parents described it, Kilgrave's power works as a virus. There is no hypnosis or anything telepathic about his powers. It's all due to the fact that the virus he was infected with as a child, to counteract the neurodegenerative disease he was born with, spreads through a radius of pheromones from his body. Anyone nearby is essentially infected by his virus from breathing it in or some other means (it could also include absorption through the skin, or cuts or however). This inherent mechanic basically means that Jessica's brain was in fact was immune to Kilgrave before that night, and that there is no real way to "fight" Kilgrave's mind control mentally because he actually takes control of the brain physically. There is no way a person can mentally block out a virus, infection, or disease. With all that being said, at some point before that night, Jessica was just following Kilgrave's orders on her own free will, not because he was controlling her. And that is, subconsciously, why Jessica is so guilty about it, but she denies this even when Kilgrave makes it apparent to her.
- Confirmed for season 2.
- Partially confirmed. Chang is a PI rival to Jessica and actually tries to kill her when he believes she killed his partner. We also have Dr Carl who is somewhat antagonistic. Simpson comes back for one episode as well.
- Jossed. After Wendy's death, Jeri seems to have greatly cleaned up her act and become a much nicer person, as her interactions with Danny Rand during Iron Fist (2017) show.
- Although season 2 of this show brings her back to her roots once she is diagnosed with ALS.
- Dr. Kirby AKA Dr. Karl Malus: One of the major plot points left unresolved at the end of season one was the mystery surrounding IGH, the group likely responsible for Jessicas powers, possibly responsible for Kilgraves, and most definitely responsible for Will Simpsons transformation into Nuke. IGH, as a group, seems very intent replicating the effects of the Super Soldier serum with their Combat Enhancers, and very interested in enhanced individuals in general. With that in mind, Dr. Karl Malus is a perfect fit to be a lead doctor at IGH alongside Dr. Kozlov. In the comics, Malus founded the Institute for Supernormality Research and was known as a gifted manipulator of human genetics. Maluss work was responsible for giving powers to some of Marvels most obscure street-level villains (somehow even more obscure than Gladiator and Stilt-Man), and he totally fits the freethinker mold. IGH seems a likely substitute for the ISR, and the inclusion of Malus could open up an entirely new corner of the Marvel Universe should they include any of his more supernatural subjects. This is a guy that we are entirely unlikely to see in any other venue, so he presents as a very good fit for Dr. Kirby.
- "Presley" - Paul Denning, A.K.A. Paladin: Debuting in Daredevil #150, Paladin is a character destined to end up in this corner of the MCU, and his inclusion has only ever been a question of when and where. A mysterious P.I. for hire, Paladin is a womanizing merc with a very strange code of honor that sometimes prevents him from finishing his job. The self-assured Paladin has appeared all over the Marvel Universe, but his exploits with the core group of Defenders make him a very likely suspect for the role of Presley.
- Jossed. Best guess is that "Presley" was the casting sheet codename for Pryce Cheng, who is a PI, but definitely not Paladin.
- Oliver Otis Johnson: Otis is a possibility because of his connections to Colleen Wing and Misty Knight, two very important characters in Iron Fist and Luke Cage respectively, and because of the chemical accident that gave him his powers. If IGH are the main antagonists of season 2, it wouldnt take much to change the origins of Johnsons powers. Otis basically has the same powers as Luke Cage in the comics, but he hardly has the imposing stature or physical prowess. Hed make an interesting addition to the roster, and could continue on in other shows down the line.
- "Oliver" turned out to be Oscar, Jessica's building's new superintendent. This doesn't rule out him being a race lifted and name changed Johnson, but it makes it harder to call it a sure thing. Oscar has also been cast with J. R. Ramirez, who is a quite muscular man, which is at odds with the ironically skinny and weak-looking Johnson.
- Jossed. Oscar is a love interest to Jessica with no resemblance to Johnson.
- Ingrid Typhoid Mary: For Jessica Jones season 1, Frank Simpson became Will Simpson, while Zebediah Killgrave became Kevin "Kilgrave" Thompson. Both Simpson and Kilgrave still retained their essential character traits, and we could easily be headed down that road again with Ingrid. Typhoid Mary is a character that has to be a part of these Netflix series, and shed be a perfect antagonist for Jessica. An IGH-powered Mary could wreak havoc on the show, and her immense power set would be a suitable step up from Kilgrave and be a real threat for Jessica and friends.
- Ingrid has been described as a "street wise" nurse, and has been confirmed to be named Ingrid. It's possible this could be one of Mary's alternate personalities, but Mary was never a nurse in the comics and being primarily known as, well, Ingrid in the show would be pretty pointless if she's Typhoid Mary (especially since the speculation that she's Typhoid Mary is the primary thing mentioned involving Leah Gibson's casting).
- Jossed. She's just Inez, a former IGH employee.
- Episode 13 is revealed to be "AKA Playland", possilby implying some version of Arcade's Murderworld
- Jossed. Besides, Arcade is an X-Men villain, and 20th Century Fox owns the X-Men rights (Yes, Disney is in negations to buy Fox's TV and film divisions, but that's a complicated process that hasn't been finalized despite people constantly saying Disney has already bought them completely.
- Jossed. While Killgrave is in Jessica's imagination, it was not brought on by any villains and as mentioned above, Typhoid Mary is not in this season.
- Partially confirmed. She has powers and does engage in vigilante activities, but she is not a full-blown superhero yet and her powers don't really manifest until the very end, although she does get a temporary boost form Simpson's drugs and beats up some bad guys a few times.
- Jossed. No costumes appear.
- Jossed. Typhoid Mary does not appear and Killgrave's experiments ar enot brought up.
- That sounds more like he'd be a Starter Villain, or even a potential ally to Jessica, rather than a Big Bad role.
Season 3 will also explore how they still don't seem satisfied with what they thought they want because they don't feel whole. Much like what Matt, Karen and Foggy are facing in between Daredevil (2015) seasons 2 and 3, they need some time away from each other in order to get their shit together so that they can be a family again.
Alisa came into this show as some crazed serial killer which we all then learned is really Jessica's mother. At first Jessica was very "I still need to put you away" state of mind, even if it was her mother which I was shocked about. I thought Jessica would instantly be ready to re-connect, yet I was happy she was sticking to her grounds. But as she talks to Alisa more, she loses that state of mind.
It's very understandable to why she did. I mean, 17 years without her mother and all the sudden she appears. Anyone would be curious and not want your mother arrested so quickly. So she hides her away until Cheng convinces her she has to call the police. Jessica gets her right state of mind back and has her mother arrested. But she visits her in jail a lot. Even brings in Jeri to help her get a better deal.
As we watch Jessica connect with Alisa more, we see a different side of Jessica. A more confused version. Usually we know Jessica to be confident and smart in bad moments, but she starts to slow down. Then she kills Dale because her mother basically convinced her to. Also her mom was proud she did what she did which Jessica never wanted to kill anyone (except Kilgrave, but that was special circumstances). Alisa turns her into this whole other person to the point we flash forward and they are running away together.
Here is where Trish comes into play. If anyone knows Jessica best, it is going to be Trish Walker. The one person accepted into the mind of Jessica Jones and the one person who Jessica Jones actually loves and cares for. Now, Trish would know Jessica wouldn't just leave her. Hell, Jessica says it to Alisa how "I'm not leaving Trish" before her mother brainwashes her intro running away with her. Trish knew Jessica's entire life was on the line, but Jessica was too blinded by the fact her mom was back to see it.
And from Trish's limited knowledge, there were two ways this could've ended: Option A) the cops shoot Jessica down along with Alisa, or Option B) Jessica gets arrested for being an accomplice to a major serial killer. She serves time and gets more fucked up mentally and loses her private investigator's license.
Yet, Jessica couldn't see those two options at all because all she saw was that she had her mom back. It isn't her fault. Detective Costa even pointed out that anyone would do that if they just got their mom back. That being said, Trish took the third option and killed Alisa, saving Jessica's life.
Now comes my point into where Jessica and Trish will not be mad at each other forever. Well, more Jessica being mad at Trish rather then Trish being mad at Jessica. Jessica easily could have hurt or killed Trish right there at the park right after the shooting, but she didn't. She told Trish to run, then returned to the ferris wheel bucket and waited there for the cops to arrive. She cares too much for Trish and like it or not, Oscar will never be able to be enough for Jessica like Trish was. And Jessica and Trish have been through hell and back together, first with Stirling's death and Trish's drug addictions, and then working together to defeat Kilgrave. They both admit to feeling alone without the other. Hell, Trish and Malcolm had sex then afterwards Trish couldn't stop thinking about Jessica.
But yeah, Trish was mostly in the right here. Whether Jessica comes around to it or Trish makes her, they can't live without each other. Like Kilgrave has said before, Jessica only cares and has Trish. Not to mention, Trish hates her own mother and only feels safe/comfort around Jessica.
So it won't be a head to head for Jessica vs. Trish, but there will be some conflict between the two. It is bound to happen as Rachael Taylor has said this show revolves around the friendship of Trish and Jessica but also shows that their friendship is not always perfect yet it's still a friendship that means very much to those two.
It won't entirely result in a Defenders-style teamup. I see them working together, but Jessica is very protective of Trish. Even if Trish has powers, Jessica will still be very protective and not wanting Trish in danger. That would make working together very complicated. Not to mention Trish is going to get a costume because she is Trish, and Jessica will probably keep making comments at the stupidity of it just like she made fun of Matt's costume.
So what will exactly happen? I think that they will team up yet at the same time, go head to head in their own ways. Not to mention Jessica has to still accept Trish back into her life as Trish literally shot herself out of it.
Giving Trish powers while taking Jessica's away could be an interesting thing to play with, carrying forward the ideas of what makes a hero from season 2. One of the more effective things about season 1 had been how constrained Jessica was. She had super powers, but they were pretty limited in effectiveness against Kilgrave because his powers were ones that her physical strength was ineffective against. It created a genuine threat in an interesting way, which is often missing from super hero shows. In much the same way that Luke's superstrength was something that was ineffective against Mariah Dillard's influence and money, same for Matt's enhanced senses against Fisk's influence.
And as Hellcat is a token "good guy", it wouldn't make sense for Trish to evolve into a villain. All of the character development of season 2 means a lot, but I don't see Jessica rejecting Trish. Obviously, Jessica and Trish's relationship will show a huge bump at the beginning of season 3 as a result of the fallout of season 2, but it must end with Jessica forgiving Trish. They are sisters; demonizing Trish or turning her into a villain likely will just seem like a rehashing of Season 2. Not to mention that this show is about girl power, and demonizing a fan favorite like Trish seems like a hardcore route to misogyny.
Jessica will have to find ally if she wants to stop Luke Cage, which may include Misty Knight who also wants to stop Luke, Colleen Wing since she now has the Iron Fist that could put a dent in Luke bullet-proof skin, or Trish Walker whom Jessica learns that she just got powers and will have to set their differences aside to work together in defeating Luke.