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Jessica Jones, Marvel Studios‘ second outing into the world of streaming television, is a triumph. More consistently paced than Daredevil and more confidently produced than Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., it’s easily the best small-screen Marvel story yet. Not bad for a character the average non-geek knows nothing about.

Although she has since become a major player in the larger Marvel comic book universe, the character of Jessica Jones originated in the pages of Alias, a wonderful 28-issue series from writer Brian Michael Bendis and artist Michael Gaydos. The basic template is the same: Jessica was a superhero, bad stuff happened, and now she’s private investigator. Alias was a Marvel “Max” title, an offshoot that publishes frequently non-canonical stories starring Marvel characters for adult readers, but it has been absorbed into the larger Marvel world. The events of the series are now canon, by and large, and Jessica Jones is one of the best and most vital new Marvel characters of the past two decades.

While Jessica Jones borrows the set-up from Alias, much changed on the road to Netflix. The comic’s climactic arc became the show’s first season. Characters were radically changed, while others were dropped altogether. The differences between the Marvel Cinematic Universe and the Marvel comics universe demanded modifications in tone and story. In the interest of pure, geeky curiosity, I spent the week before the premiere of Jessica Jones revisiting Alias, and the weekend of its release watching all 13 episodes for one reason only: to compare the two, and see where they connect and diverge.

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Marvel’s new Netflix series, Jessica Jones, will drop its first season this Friday, November 20, 2015. The source material is terrific. The trailers have been great. Early reviews have been promising. Yes, we will be binge-watching the whole thing and returning with some cool coverage for you to enjoy on the following Monday.

But that’s all days away. So you can eat up some precious seconds of waiting time by sitting back and enjoying these new clips from the series, which place the focus on David Tennant‘s villainous Zebediah Kilgrave, a.k.a. the Purple Man, a Marvel baddie with the ability to force others to do whatever he says.

You want to check out those Jessica Jones clips after the jump. Go ahead. No one is forcing you to click that using dark, psychic abilities. Nope. Not at all. Just click. Click.

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Jessica Jones could be something special. The second collaboration between Marvel Studios and Netflix, the series is a loose adaptation of Alias, the critically acclaimed comic run from writer Brian Michael Bendis and artist Michael Gaydos that followed costumed superhero Jessica Jones as she hung up her tights and opened her own private investigation business. The result remains one of the best comics of the millennium so far, and the perfect template upon which to build a television series.

The massive success of Daredevil has given Marvel and Netflix a confidence that has spilled into the marketing for Jessica Jones. Each teaser and every trailer is on point – they just have to flash the Marvel name and you know exactly what you’re getting. The final Jessica Jones trailer has arrived and it’s more of the same: traumatized former superhero downs booze and punches the stuffing out of bad guys while hunting her archenemy. Thankfully, that “same” still looks awfully good.

Watch the final Jessica Jones trailer after the jump.

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Marvel's Jessica Jones

Netflix is set to debut its upcoming original series Marvel’s Jessica Jones on November 20th, 2015, and in the last couple weeks they have released a bunch of new character posters and trailers to promote the show. Earlier this week we learned the episode titles and summaries, and today Netflix has revealed a ton of new Jessica Jones photos, including a better look at Mike Colter as Luke Cage.
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Jessica Jones trailer

After weeks of teasers, Netflix has finally unveiled the first full-length Jessica Jones trailer. Krysten Ritter stars as the titular Jessica Jones, still reeling from the tragic end of her superhero career. She rebuilds herself as a private investigator in Hell’s Kitchen, New York, but finds her new life shattered by the return of an evil figure from her past. Watch the Jessica Jones trailer after the jump. Read More »

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Who’ll play the villain in Agent Carter Season 2? What will the movie Flash costume look like? Is this what Spider-Man‘s Civil War costume will look like? Want to see the first Jessica Jones poster? Does Bryan Cranston want to play a Marvel supervillain? Will Disney XD’s Guardians of the Galaxy return for Season 2? Read about all this and more in today’s Superhero Bits. Read More »

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‘Jessica Jones’ Teaser: The Purple Man Speaks

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So far, all of the promos for Netflix’s Jessica Jones have focused on its eponymous heroine, played by Krysten Ritter, and her mysterious nocturnal lifestyle. But the new one changes tack to give her archnemesis a bit of airtime. Hear David Tennant as Kilgrave (a.k.a. the Purple Man) in the new Jessica Jones teaser after the jump.  Read More »

‘Jessica Jones’ Trailer: Bad Reputation

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Marvel Entertainment and Netflix have released one more teaser for their upcoming series Jessica Jones, which features Krysten Ritter in the title role. This footage shows Ritter at a bar’s jukebox, where she cues up ‘Bad Reputation’ by Joan Jett, before strolling back across the bar through the remnants of a big fight.

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In just under a couple months, Netflix will bring Jessica Jones online, their second series collaboration with Marvel Studios. So far we’ve only gotten a teaser promo confirming the release date in November and some first look photos showing Krysten Ritter in the title role as a retired superhero working as a private eye.

Now another Jessica Jones teaser has surfaced by way of the Spanish Facebook page for the Marvel series. It’s a fun little tease that shows getting out of bed in the morning is even difficult for people with superpowers. Read More »