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Jessica Jones TV Series Will Take Place in Marvel Universe

The television show will be rooted in the 'cinematic' Marvel Universe.

We first heard about plans for AKA Jessica Jones, a television series starring the former hero known as Jewel, Jessica Jones. It was a year ago that I actually raised the question of what the show would be like. Would we see superheroes and superpowers in the show? Now we're finally getting some answers.

Hit Fix has reported that, according to Melissa Rosenberg, the show will indeed "take place in the larger 'cinematic' Marvel Universe." This means the show will exist in the same universe as the the Iron Man, Thor and Avengers movies. We've already heard that Luke Cage will play a role as well as Carol (Ms. Marvel) Danvers.

It's very tricky navigation there. You can't mention one guy because Fox has the rights to that guy and Universal has the rights to the other one. There are a lot of boundaries on who you can and can't use.

The plan was to have Cage and Danvers from the beginning. Lesser known characters would be brought in later or known characters would be renamed. The show can reference Tony Stark or the Avengers but obviously they won't be making appearances any time soon.

The question was also brought up whether or not the fate of the Wonder Woman pilot would affect ABC's decision to greenlight the AKA Jessica Jones but Rosenberg feels confident. The show will be darker and grittier. In other words, nothing like the Wonder Woman show. It'll be interesting to see how much they can get away with as the show clearly can't be a direct adaptation to the ALIAS series by Brian Michael Bendis.

Thanks to Sora_thekey for the heads up.

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Posted by cattlebattle

Eh, Super Hero shows never seem to survive on network Televison....I think Smallville did due to its early years garnered a lot of the "Dawsons Creek" audiences...and grabbed others when they were real young...which led them to continue watching it into later seasons as it was familiar to them.
 
Look at all the "comic shows" that didn't last or never existed
 
The Cape
No Ordinary Family
Wonder Woman
Aquaman
Terminator Sarah Connor Chronicles
Etc

Posted by Fetts

$10 that Iron Fist will be in it.

Posted by sora_thekey

Think of the possibilities: Heroes for Hire or maybe even crossovers between the other Marvel shows like Cloak and Dagger and Mockingbird.

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Posted by Jonny_Anonymous

um... ok

Posted by The Impersonator

I just hope this new show turns out good.

Posted by CATPANEXE

I'd like to see it. I'd also like to see the Cloak & Dagger, Moon Knight series and the much celebrated BET Black Panther animated Marvel goes on about a lot.

* sigh * Come on Disney, it's not like you don't own a few cable/satellite channels that you can do whatever you want with and/or replace already flopped and still running shows with.

Posted by Kairan1979

I have a bad feeling about this show. Especially after I've heard about Carol Danvers. She is much more famous than Jessica, I expect a lot of complains about the show not being about Ms. Marvel.

Posted by WarMachineMarkV

- If this show was on HBO I would give it a much better shot at success

- Network TV will take all the balls out this mature title until it's unrecognizable IMO.

Posted by Cafeterialoca

I really don't know about this.

Might be cool, but lord I don't like Jessica Jones, and now she'll be cemented into the Marvel U forever.

Posted by Jordanstine

Interesting... hopefully it'll be good that it can spin to future films (or at least have them be cameos in future films).

Posted by Burnstar1230

Fox gets Punisher and ABC gets Jewel (W Luke Cage and Carol Danvers). C'mon CBS, you might as well pick up a superhero since you're the only network that hasn't tried a superhero show yet.

Posted by Mega_spidey01

i hope the show turns out well can't wait to watch.

Posted by The Stegman

out of all the superheroines who deserve to have shows *cough Wonder Woman cough* they pick Jessica Jones...seriously??

Posted by fodigg

God I'm hoping this means Iron Fist. In all honestly, this would be great. A TV series starring a woman when Electra is the only Marvel lady to get her own film and it sucked? Luke Cage in a prominent role when Black Panther went off the rails and vanished forever? Both good things. Then Ms. Marvel being involved is just icing on the cake, although I wonder if they'll use the same actress as the one in Avengers (supposedly a non-powered SHIELD agent). It doesn't hurt that I love all of those characters.

Posted by Metatron_Da_Don

Shes a newer generally unknown character but I cant be upset. 
 
This is pretty logical. Shes basically an objective birds eye view into superheroes.  Shes relatively normal protagonist who has seen the best and worst of the superhero world. On a professional (shes a detective iirc) and personal new superhero level.

Sort of like Phil Sheldon or a young female Jim Gordon. Lots of crossover potential and drama and exploration potential, she's a hub... She touches a lot of bases in Marvel's world, avengers, cop, supervillain crime victim.

Posted by TheMess1428

Just mentions of the Avengers characters? Man I would watch intently if the actors made appearances every once in a while. It would get colossal ratings.

Posted by AwesomeAquaman

Don't really care or know anything about Jessica Jones other than her ties to Luke Cage.

Posted by haydenclaireheroes

I am really excited for this series because I always loved Jessica Jones character from Alias. I hope this show is well made with a good cast and most importantly a good story.

Posted by pspin

This mans that Fox would make a Luke Cage movie instead of Marvel Studios... damn

I think that the street level Luke Cage, Jessica Jones, Iron Fist, Daredevil, etc, should get their own movie where they work together to fight Kingpin or something not get a tv show on network then if (when) it fails sit in development hell because Fox won't do anything with it.

If this fails, this will go badly, very very badly.

Posted by Wattup

I wonder if this will premiere around the time as FX's Powers? Bendis is lucky that two of his creations will be on the air probably within the same calendar year.

That being said, Powers definitely has a leg up in terms of content as FX is home to edgy shows like Sons of Anarchy.

Posted by RedheadedAtrocitus

It just might work, that's all I got to say. I just hope that it can stand the test of durability whereas other shows as of late have gone to the cancellation bin.

Posted by Owie

I find it sort of hard to believe that it will be done well, or that it will survive long no matter what, but I'm looking forward to it. I just find it hard to see comic heroes on the small screen, I just keep thinking about the old Flash live action show.

Posted by feargalr

@cattlebattle: At the end of the day it comes down to the quality of the show, and its abilities to draw in viewers, like Jessica Jones isn't a name like Wonder Woman or Aquaman, the majority of people are probably going to have no idea that this is even remotely related to a comic book character....

I wonder if she'll have powers in the show...

Posted by RedAtom

i soo hope they dont make this into a show thats all talk and once every 10th episode they use some powers...

Posted by lykopis

I loved the series, really enjoyed the take Jessica Jones had in regards to super-heroism while she ran her detective agency. The interactions she had with the Avengers and others were amazing - I hope they stick with what was in the books. I don't really watch television but would definitely watch this.

Posted by Maki_P

I approave of this. Also placing everything in the same Universe? Ambitious and Awesome! It's just like the DCAU!

Posted by difficlus

@Owie said:

I find it sort of hard to believe that it will be done well, or that it will survive long no matter what, but I'm looking forward to it. I just find it hard to see comic heroes on the small screen, I just keep thinking about the old Flash live action show.

same thought here. but if anyone can pull it off it would be marvel!

Posted by pixelized

The plan was to have Cage and Danvers from the beginning. Lesser known characters would be brought in later or known characters would be renamed.


 
Lesser known characters than Jessica Jones? I believe those are called Extras.
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Posted by cattlebattle
@feargalr said:

@cattlebattle: At the end of the day it comes down to the quality of the show, and its abilities to draw in viewers, like Jessica Jones isn't a name like Wonder Woman or Aquaman, the majority of people are probably going to have no idea that this is even remotely related to a comic book character....

I wonder if she'll have powers in the show...

well said,.....I have a feeling they will be pushing the fact that its a part of the Marvel cinematic Universe though, you know, relating it to The Avengers...then people will be disappointed It has nothing to do with the Avengers
Posted by jcj145

While I like the expansion of Marvel's entertainment universe, something in my gut tells me this won't last past 2 seasons max, which is sad. I don't know that much about Jessica Jones and I think this could be a good introduction of her and other minor characters to a larger general public. I do think a Daredevil or a Heroes for Hire television show would have worked better and been an easier show to produce in terms of the production cost for showing a hero's powers on television

Posted by aruthlessg

@Metatron_Da_Don said:

Shes a newer generally unknown character but I cant be upset.

This is pretty logical. Shes basically an objective birds eye view into superheroes. Shes relatively normal protagonist who has seen the best and worst of the superhero world. On a professional (shes a detective iirc) and personal new superhero level.

Sort of like Phil Sheldon or a young female Jim Gordon. Lots of crossover potential and drama and exploration potential, she's a hub... She touches a lot of bases in Marvel's world, avengers, cop, supervillain crime victim.

agreed

Posted by Namor1987

To be honest there's no chance in heck this will last because mainstream viewers don't know Jessica Jones, Luke Cage or Ms Marvel

Posted by jordama

Interesting

Posted by PrinceIMC

I heard about this while I was at work tonight, so excited. I hope they can manage to get lots of characters who might not see the light of day otherwise, or just cool little cameos. Danny Rand, Jessica Drew, Jennifer Walters....hell even a whole episode with a certain blind lawyer but no mention of Daredevil.

Posted by sora_thekey

@PrinceIMC said:

I heard about this while I was at work tonight, so excited. I hope they can manage to get lots of characters who might not see the light of day otherwise, or just cool little cameos. Danny Rand, Jessica Drew, Jennifer Walters....hell even a whole episode with a certain blind lawyer but no mention of Daredevil.

Oh yes!!! I didn't even think of Jessica Drew or Jennifer Walters!

An episode where she deals with blind lawyer who everybody simply calls "Mr. Murdock" or "Matt"

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Posted by FadeToBlackBolt

Hate Luke Cage, not a fan of Jessica Jones, but if Ms Marvel is in it consider it watched. If Iron Fist makes an appearance, all the better. 

Posted by Full_Spectrum
@cattlebattle: to be fair, sarah connor chronicles got two great seasons.
Posted by GothamRed

@cattlebattle: maybe it will get smallville luck, 10 season, count it

Posted by sid16

@WarMachineMarkV said:

- If this show was on HBO I would give it a much better shot at success

- Network TV will take all the balls out this mature title until it's unrecognizable IMO.

I agree. There's a limit to how 'dark and gritty' a network show can get. Which is why the likes of True Blood and Dexter are on cable.

Posted by ThomasElliot

@cattlebattle:

I know Terminator had a good fan following, I personally never watched it. So excluding that one... the other common factor among the shows you listed is that they all SUCKED.

Look at Heroes. Season 1 burned the Mf'er down. Season 2 started strong... then the show started to SUCK, and ended up committing suicide.

Point is... if its GOOD, it will work. Bad is bad no matter what you put in it.

Though, I do agree with Smallville. It was the rabid female fanbase and overtly emotional teen-esque drama that launched that show. I personally found it boring.

Posted by shrmntnk62

I really don't know much about Mrs Jone-Cage but I look forward to this show. Does anyone know when it's supposed to start airing?

Posted by longbowhunter

I just bought and read the first Alias trade about a month ago. Definitely one of Bendis' strongest efforts. Hope this show is able to capture the grittiness of the book. I know ABC is pretty family friendly.

Posted by MetropolisKid41

ABC has impressed me so far with Once Upon a Time, I have faith in this, they seem to have their head screwed on straight when approaching this series, the Wonder Woman series seemed to be headed in the wrong direction from square one.

Posted by victoriancuckoo

sees like a random choice for a show, why not a higher profile Marvel character..

Posted by Emperormeister734

I was really mad they cancelled Ordinary Family

Posted by PrinceIMC
@sora_thekey said:

@PrinceIMC said:

I heard about this while I was at work tonight, so excited. I hope they can manage to get lots of characters who might not see the light of day otherwise, or just cool little cameos. Danny Rand, Jessica Drew, Jennifer Walters....hell even a whole episode with a certain blind lawyer but no mention of Daredevil.

Oh yes!!! I didn't even think of Jessica Drew or Jennifer Walters!

An episode where she deals with blind lawyer who everybody simply calls "Mr. Murdock" or "Matt"

Before this was even announced I kept thinking how awesome a She-Hulk or Spider-Woman tv show could be. So now I'm kinda pinning all my hopes on this one.
Posted by PrinceIMC
@ThomasElliot said:

@cattlebattle:

I know Terminator had a good fan following, I personally never watched it. So excluding that one... the other common factor among the shows you listed is that they all SUCKED.

Look at Heroes. Season 1 burned the Mf'er down. Season 2 started strong... then the show started to SUCK, and ended up committing suicide.

Point is... if its GOOD, it will work. Bad is bad no matter what you put in it.

Though, I do agree with Smallville. It was the rabid female fanbase and overtly emotional teen-esque drama that launched that show. I personally found it boring.

I only got into Smallville once they started incorporating other DC characters around season 4 I think. Course these days a series is lucky if it makes it that far.
Posted by jcbart

Oo it has promise. I hope it will integrate itself into the Marvel cinematic universe and perhaps we may even see Ms. Danvers make her way into the actual cinematic 'verse.

Edited by ericmbee

Normal, ex-superhero gal in a superpowered world seems like a great premise, but tone and casting are vital to this.

Edited by umbrafeline

@Fetts: ok, ill take that bet and wager... the boy and his mother :-)

also, dont put the show on network because it will flop, but instead, put it on cable like fx or spike tv or god-forbid hub or niktoons or those other channels i need a satellite for

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