Jessica Jones’ debut in MCU Phase 4 could help steer the development of Marvel’s storytelling to tackle more compelling and related stories.
Warning: the following includes discussion of sexual assault and spoilers for Hawkeye.
Jessica Jones‘Phase 4 return of the Marvel Cinematic Universe may accelerate MCU’s evolution towards new and progressive tales for its classic superheroes. While Jessica Jones’ intensely dark world may seem off-brand to MCU’s colorful multiverse, the MCU Phase 4 series might like Hawkeye, WandaVision, and Loki has already prepared fans for the harsh realities that a disillusioned former superhero faces suffering from trauma and alcoholism. MCU has moved toward compelling stories that are more grounded in reality. And it gets no more real than Jessica Jones.
Created by comic book artist Michael Gaydos and famed Eisner award-winning author Brian Michael Bendis, Jessica Jones was part of Marvel’s efforts to begin publishing more mature content in 2001. In 2015, Netflix released a series based on the character, featuring Breaking Bad alum Krysten Ritter takes on the role of the former superhero who became a detective. Along side Daredevil, Luke Cage, and Iron fist, Jessica Jones was part of Netflix The defenders, a team of Marvel heroes who have yet to appear in any official MCU movies or series. This can all change very soon. In view of the recent return of Vincent D’onofrios Kingpin to MCU, Hawkeye could also enable Jessica Jones’ MCU debut.
MCU Phase 4, through Jessica Jones, could continue to evolve beyond relying mostly on CGI-heavy climaxes and other common superhero movie tropes – problems that have plagued MCU’s various franchises for years. While Jessica Jones may have been unfit for MCU Phases 1, 2, and 3, this is not the case in Phase 4, where Jessica’s dark world would be right at home along with other darker MCU titles such as. Knights of the Moon. In addition to struggling with alcoholism, Jessica’s experiences as a former superhero have made her completely disillusioned with the state of the world. Because of her problems, Jessica also sometimes finds it difficult to control her powers, which has led to her accidentally killing people. While Jessica makes a living by running Alias Investigations alone, her lonely existence can create very compelling and well-founded neo-noir story lines in the Marvel Cinematic Universe – while working to give the world even more life.
Moreover, Jessica’s MCU debut could also mean the return of David Tenant’s Kilgrave. As a mind-controlling rapist, Kilgrave is an even more sinister villain than people like Kingpin and Julia Louis-Dreyfus’ Contessa Valentina Allegra de Fontaine. The MCU does not even have to revive Kilgrave to bring him back, as Kilgrave never really died in Jessica’s mind. By including Jessica Jones and Kilgrave, the MCU could begin to represent those with invisible disabilities such as deep trauma, high-functioning alcoholism, and the interrelated complications between the two. This could be a good follow up on how Hawkeye has already begun to represent people with various disabilities. In addition to addressing the conspicuous lack of a female hero at the street level with super strength and durability in the MCU, Jessica Jones can promote disability representation in MCU Phase 4.
Phase 4 of the MCU is to pull Jessica Jones out of the limbo of Marvel’s completed Netflix shows. Considering how Jessica Jones season 3 ended, Jessica may even return along with Luke Cage, who may or may not run Alias Investigations with Jessica. But Marvel chooses to bring Jessica Jones back in the fold, it will definitely open up new and interesting opportunities for the future of MCU.
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