What We Learned From the New Jessica Jones Trailer

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After what feels like EONS of waiting, the new trailer for Marvel’s, Jessica Jones, finally dropped this afternoon and it is good. Really good. Seriously good.

With the new trailer comes a whole set of new imagery and dialog giving us a little bit more insight into the show, at least more than we’d previously received from the handful of awesome, yet largely vague teasers they’d been releasing over the last month or so.

So, first things first; this show is going to be dark as hell. Not that we didn’t already know that from the teasers, but this trailer gives us a much better look at the direction they’ll be taking and it does look like they will be closely following her comic book origin pretty closely.

In the comic, Jessica Jones, starts her heroing career as a character named, Jewel. Jewel eventually comes up against a villain known as the Purple Man, a.k.a. Zebediah Killgrave, who has the ability to take control of people’s will, thereby forcing them to do whatever he says. And he’s also purple.

Killgrave takes control of Jones for a period of 8 months in which he not only has her do a bunch of his dirty work, but he also sexually assaults and exploits her, so yeah, dark. Jones eventually gets free, but swears off the superhero lifestyle and instead becomes a private detective with a pretty serious alcohol addiction and chip on her shoulder due to the fact that no one really noticed that she was ever gone.

In the new trailer, we see Jones talking with Michael Colter’s, Luke Cage, in which Cage explains some of the perils of superheroing to which Jones replies, “yeah, been there, done that.”

So, it seems that they will actually play to the fact that she did in fact try to go full hero prior to the show, which up to this point, wasn’t ever fully made official. We also see a few different shots of Jones covered in blood, looking lost and confused, and we’re given a bit of narrative explaining Killgrave’s powers along with some indication that he did in fact have control of her for a least a while. Whether it’ll be the full on 8 month torture scene from the comics or not is yet to be fully determined. We also see some of the more long term effects of her capture, including paranoia, which lets us in on the fact that she is definitely suffering from post traumatic stress.

Throughout the course of the trailer, Jones is never too far away from a shot glass or bottle of booze, so it’s pretty clear that her torture induced alcoholism and otherwise questionable life choices will carry over from the comic and we do see a brief shot of Jones and Cage getting all hot and heavy, which is a direct throwback to the comic where they are often depicted as lovers. What is unclear at this point is how far down the rabbit hole they’re going to take the Jones/Cage physical romance, because in the comics, she often uses Cage for sex, often fairly rough sex, in an effort to try and feel something past her stress inflicted numbness.

This show is definitely going to touch on a hoard of real world, extremely serious, and potentially difficult stories and in that, Jessica Jones might just be Marvel’s most relatable hero yet. Fortunately for everybody, the wait grows shorter everyday with the show set to hit Netflix in it’s entirety on November 20th.

Have you seen the new trailer yet and if so what do you think? We didn’t comb through things frame by frame, but we’re guessing that there are a ton of Easter eggs hidden throughout, so if you find something, be sure to let us know in the comments section below!

Official synopsis:

“Ever since her short-lived stint as a Super Hero ended in tragedy, Jessica Jones (Krysten Ritter) has been rebuilding her personal life and career as a hot-tempered, sardonic, badass private detective in Hell’s Kitchen, New York City. Plagued by self-loathing, and a wicked case of PTSD, Jessica battles demons from within and without, using her extraordinary abilities as an unlikely champion for those in need… especially if they’re willing to cut her a check.”

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