Pulling Back The Curtain On Marvel’s Jessica Jones

Fans of Marvel’s Alias finalJessica Jones Ritterly have the conformation of a 4th quarter release date for Jessica Jones, ensuring a 2015 airing. Ted Sarandos, Chief Content Officer of Netflix, finally confirmed the rumors at the Television Critics Association’s press tour. Collider has the interviews with the showrunners from the TCA panel.

Those in attendance were privy to a short scene from the upcoming Marvel program showing Jessica Jones, portrayed by Krysten Ritter, walking down a street and opening a door. With this tiny peek the show runners promised that Jessica Jones will be markedly different from Netflix’s first Marvel adventure Daredevil, and even coined it a psychological thriller. “The tone that Brian Michael Bendis set is what attracted me to the project in the first place. It was very gritty and real, and we just keep going with that,” stated producer/writer Melissa Rosenberg.

Jeph Loeb, the head of Marvel television, highlighted Jessica Jones’ dark roots, noting that, “it is about what people do to each other on a very visceral and emotional level, and how that either forges you or breaks you.” Despite the adult nature of the comics, there are no plans for Jessica Jones to be rated “R.” Rosenberg went on to say, “It’s not necessarily about stripping someone’s clothes or pulling someone’s eyes out; it’s about how far can you let a character go.”Jessica Jones Tennant

Show runners plan to use the villainous Zebediah Killgrave, played by David Tennant, to help portray that idea. Loeb describes Tennant’s Killgrave as someone who has the ability, “to push people to do what maybe they would not ever have done… one of the things that we’re very proud of is there will be times when you’re uncomfortable, okay with what it is that Kilgrave is doing and maybe you shouldn’t be,” he explains.

One key factor Marvel did not want to lose was the essence of Jessica Jones: “it really was always about who is she, how damaged is she and how the hell is she going to get through this day?” Loeb adds, making the argument that the point is for viewers to be uncomfortable so they tune in for the next episode. Maybe that’s because Jessica Jones is unlike any other Marvel character. Loeb argued that Jessica is “remarkably strong and yet remarkably damaged. She’s as remarkably dry and witty as she is emotional and real. For us, it’s an opportunity to expand out the kinds of storytelling that we’re doing on the street-level heroes.”

Click here for a full transcript from the TCA interview. What do you think of these new details? Will a darker side of Marvel be just what everyone is craving?