Jessica Jones and the Future of Comic Book Movies

Well, Netflix and Marvel have done it again! Season 1 of Jessica Jones was a success, shocking – I know. I was having a conversation with my friend, James, and he has some interesting ideas about the future of comic movies in light of Netflix and Marvel’s successful team up. Possibly the juggling of huge comic book movies is coming to an end. I wouldn’t mind that too much, honestly – hear me out: having The Avengers, Thor, Captain America, Iron Man, etc. are great, BUT, I feel like the stories can be rushed and hurried in order to get the movies out there in time for movie season. This is nothing against the Hollywood adaptations – I love Joss Whedon’s take on The Avengers, but I also enjoyed and appreciated the seasons of Daredevil and Jessica Jones. Think about it, can you honestly remember the events of the first Thor movie? How about the 2nd Iron Man? What about these characters are we forgetting?

The Netflix series are genius because we get so much more information than a movie can give. This may sound like I want the movies to cease – I don’t. Civil War is going to be a lot of fun, I’m just saying that maybe James is right and there will be more options available through Netflix and other channels to give us our favorite superheroes in a more adult, truthful, way (while still being a great comic book show) which will then allow us to have a damn near perfect movie later on. If I were in charge that would be the way I would do it. Disney and other companies could profit off this, easily. Instead of creating 1-2 huge movies that cost 200 million to create, they could instead back these individual shows. THEN, after several series got going, THEN we had a huge movie where all of our characters come together, THEN THE WORLD WOULD EXPLODE FROM EXCITEMENT!!!

I see the holes here. What if Hemsworth wouldn’t want to play Thor? What if Evans didn’t want to move to a series instead of leaving his lucrative movie career? Would Joss write only the major movies? Would we break the current state of the movies we love and flock to? There are lots of unknowns, but worth the consideration, in my opinion. I would enjoy my heroes and villains even more if I really knew them. I only just learned that Loki has a last name… Laufeyson.

Don’t worry; I’m just as disappointed in myself as you are.

Our first female-lead superhero series was good fun. Casting was excellent, the writing was great, and the episodes had both depth and action. Plus, JJ has something no other Marvel series has: David Tennant as Kilgrave. Luke Cage is beautiful; Jessica Jones is snarky and dark, while Kilgrave is EVERYTHING.

There were a few times when I was annoyed with the pacing, but overall, Jessica Jones did not disappoint. I’m excited to see where Season 2 takes us – especially in light of the fun first crossover. I’m not going to spoil anything since the series hasn’t even been out a month yet, but I knew nothing about Jessica. Now I know her better than Black Widow. I read a lot about BW/Natasha Romanoff, It’s hard to keep BW as my favorite Marvel heroine when I know so little about her in comparison. So, Netflix and Marvel keep doing this thing. Perhaps we can give some more backstory and love to our Avengers/villains, too.

It’s just a suggestion.

2 thoughts on “Jessica Jones and the Future of Comic Book Movies

  1. Yes, the series has the potential to be as close to comic book creation as possible, with its serial quality. One of the things I liked about JJ, was that it feels like a twelve hour movie, or one of those 4 night television events, ( that don’t ever seem successful..) I like the idea of introducing individual characters with their own shows and then finally, a team up movie, which is one of the rumors I’ve heard about Luke Cage, Jessica Jones, Daredevil, Iron Fist and Misty Knight eventually forming The Defenders.

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    • It would be such a good investment if a great team did. I mean, The Punisher alone is going to make us all crazy. I want Hawkeye’s full story, Black Widow’s – it would be cool.

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