Okay if there was one thing I couldn’t have predicted about the defenders it was the amount of space Jessica Jones would get. One of my biggest worries about the defenders is that Jessica as the least established comic book character and only female team member would get shoved into the ‘girl member role’. This usually entails the audience being told she’s really powerful but the writers forgetting to ever actually show this, not actually contributing anything to the plot, getting kidnapped and always always being left out of the final fight… although the director will still insist, you know she’s definitely the true protagonist, guys. So imagine my surprise when this trailer was full of Jessica Jones moments, let’s go through them all (and some other guys make a cameo too).
We open on Jessica, where else, in handcuffs, looks like she hasn’t improved on her track record with the law
We get a shot of Jessica super strength breaking a door knob, Misty tells us she’s been interfering in an investigation
Misty Knight returns. She is not a fan of Jessica but we’ll forgive that character flaw because to be fair Jessica did F- with her investigation. We learn that Jessica was trying to help someone but they ended up dead
Then Matt Murdock bursts in “Jessica Jones? Stop talking”. I swear this scene is straight from the Alias comic book, but the only shot of it I can find online is so tiny you can’t even read the words. You’ll just have to take my word for it
“Who the hell are you?” Jessica asks. Never change Jess. Also Misty looks like she’s thinking ‘Alright this seems amusing. I’ll allow it’.
Then some stuff happens with Luke Cage and Iron fist it’s all very not Jessica based. Shout out to Luke’s amazing response to Danny calling himself the immortal iron fist though.
And then there’s Sigourney Weaver as the villain. She makes me want to join the Villain’s side because Sigourney Weaver is my queen and quite frankly the defenders are kind of creepy. I mean come one, their that group of friends that have all slept together except these guys aren’t even friends yet. Depending on exactly how evil her plans are I may switch allegiances half way through this series the way I did on Luke Cage (TEAM SHADY MARIAH FOR LIFE PEOPLE).
Then there’s another big hallway fight. Look I wasn’t wild about the hallway fight gag even before it turned intentional. Fight somewhere else guys/
Then we are blessed, BLESSED with this exchange:
“You look like an idiot” Jessica says. That’s true Jessica. He does.
Matt’s reply? “It’s your scarf”
HE. IS. WEARING. HER SCARF.
HE TOOK HIS TEAM MATES SCARF AND STUCK IT ON HIS HEAD.
HE’S WEARING HER SCARF.
HE’s WEARING A SCARF ON HIS HEAD.
AND IT’S THE ICONIC JESSICA JONES SCARF.
THIS IS MY HALLWAY FIGHT.
THIS IS MY MOMENT.
HE’S GOT HER SCARF ON HIS HEAD.
I NEED A MOMENT.
Any way, yeah in the actual hallway fight we see the problem that arises when you have such a big main cast. Jessica gets a punch in at the start of the scene, but then she kind of just hilariously stands there waiting for something to do. She’s at the front of the shot too so it’s pretty obvious.This better not be a metaphor for her role in the show.
At the end of the trailer Danny’s like oh guys we should team up we’re such an awesome team and Jessica is like yyyeeaaahhh no.Which seems like a reasonable response to me. Who really wants to be on a team with their ex, his new girlfriend’s ex boyfriend and a guy who is the personification of every bro who spent a gap year in Asia and was totally enlightened brah.
But Danny insists, “bulletproof, blind ninja… whatever the hell you are”… cause apparently super strength and flight had him stumped? This exchange kind of makes me wonder if they’ll have that underlying level of on off antagonism they do in the comics. Most recently it popped up in the (TERRIBLE) dynamic that cast Jessica as the naggy wife from every Adam Sandler movie and Danny as the bro who just wants to have fun. I personally trace their on off hate back to that time Danny let pregnant Jessica wander round looking for an injured Luke in what she thought was a vast conspiracy when Danny had him all along. Then implied her baby wasn’t Luke’s. Cause Danny is an asshole. Look I know this has nothing to do with the Netflix show I just HAVE A LOT OF FEELINGS.
Action shots demonstrate ‘whatever the hell’ Jessica is, its all Jessica, all punching. It is a GLORIOUS way to end the trailer in my opinion.
“Classy” Jessica responds, because in this trailer Jessica Jones gets the first and last word.