Marvel Netflix aka Jessica Jones Will Be A Huge Superhero For Women


(PCM) Prediction. The Marvel Netflix aka Jessica Jones (Krysten Ritter) will be a huge superhero for Women. For some time female comic book enthusiasts have been demanding a female super hero in cinematic form. What is Jessica Jones’ super hero power? It should be super human strength, but her story of recovery is what will make her a major hit. Her story unfolds as she is a retired super hero working as a private investigator.

NEW YORK, NY - MARCH 10:  Krysten Ritter filming "Jessica Jones" on March 10, 2015 in New York City.  (Photo by Steve Sands/GC Images)

NEW YORK, NY – MARCH 10: Krysten Ritter filming “A.K.A. Jessica Jones” on March 10, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Steve Sands/GC Images)

To understand why Marvel Netflix A.K.A. Jessica Jones will be a hit for women, it is best to explain the changed climate in super hero needs spawned by the recent past super hero films and current shows that have set the table for A.K.A. Jessica Jones.

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Hollywood is reticent to deliver a major super hero film with a female lead as decision makers consider them high risk films. Sure Catwoman (2004) and Elektra (2005) bombed, but so had Green Lantern (2011), and many other male oriented super hero films.

The secret to any franchise character’s success is simple, follow canon.  Iron Man (2008) was the first to latch on to this concept. Batman added the layer of realism and super hero films became blockbusters.

In the past ten years a new market segment of comic book reader has emerged as a force to be respected – females.  Females have been loud in their demands, “Give us females in the lead”.

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The “Big Two” (DC and Marvel) have responded poorly at times by re-appropriating male characters in their print universes.  That in turn set off unnecessary battles between the sexes where feminist hijacked the conversations and became social justice warriors derailing the original and legitimate call for female super heroes.

A few movies are on the horizon with female super heroes that women can call their own. DC’s Justice League will have Wonder Woman, and Marvel will feature Carol Danvers in Captain Marvel in 2018. But these movies are years away.

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Enter Netflix and Daredevil released May of 2015. It’s been a giant success with both viewers and critics.

Netflix’s Daredevil has set the path for the Defenders team up and Jessica Jones is next in line for a series. With it, women will get a break from the girl in the refrigerator trope. Female fans will also get more than just a strong female character. Jones comes with a story of a super hero in recovery.

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Women will find Jessica Jones a complex character. Jessica has suffered at the hands of an evil man and is fighting a complex past while she champions causes of common people.

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What is most important about Jessica Jones is that she is more than a super heroin, she has super internal fortitude as she battles demons. Her journey of recovery is what women will identify with. Hope is a powerful weapon and Jessica’s journey of recovery over her past pain should strike a nerve among women.

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The reason behind this theory is if the producers of the Netflix Daredevil series depict Jessica’s story with as much raw truth as they had in Matt Murdoch’s, then A.K.A. Jessica Jones will make a huge impact with the female audience. If her journey of recovery in cinema walks in step with her print character’s experience then Jessica Jones status as a Marvel super hero will ultimately make Jessica Jones a huge hit for women. Calls for a feature film would surely follow.

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What is fair to all is Marvel won’t need to re-appropriate a male character to give women what they want in a female super hero. Jessica Jones has always been there in print waiting for a spotlight.

alias-hardcoverJessica Jones has enjoyed both a lighter escapism portrayal for readers of all ages in traditional Marvel comic books and a more mature treatment in Marvel MAX an adult content comic book.

It’s in MAX where mainstream characters like Spider-Man and Captain America could make cameos but never be in scenes that depicted sex or other adult oriented situations.

If you want to get in early on the Jessica Jones bandwagon to say you know the real character’s background, search out the 28 issue Marvel MAX series Alias which can be purchased as a full graphic novel. The ‘MAX’ indicates this a mature readers title, not for children.

Jessica Jones will air on Netflix in the fall of 2015. What is known of the plot seems to follow the experience Jessica Jones endured in Alias.

The graphic novel Alias is written by Michael Bendis which stands on it’s own and not dependent on traditional Marvel Universe of characters. This plays well for the Netflix show A.K.A. Jessica Jones as it acknowledges the Marvel Universe’s super heroes but doesn’t require them to be in the show.

It would be nice to see if the show stays true to a few incidents in Alias where Jessica visits the Avengers which is held great importance in her story.

 Amazon is releasing a book based on the show in the fall of 2015 before the show airs. It seems to be a traditional non-illustrated telling Alias, but does not yet list an author.  Here’s the synopsis:

Ever since her short-lived stint as a Super Hero ended in tragedy, Jessica Jones has been rebuilding her personal life and career as a hot-tempered, sardonic, badass private detective in Hell’s Kitchen, New York City. Plagued by self-loathing, and a wicked case of PTSD, Jessica battles demons from within and without, using her extraordinary abilities as an unlikely champion for those in need… especially if they’re willing to cut her a check.

Even if A.K.A. Jessica Jones doesn’t become a huge super hero women identify with and get behind, her story of the Purple Man’s evil subjugation while moving on with her life as a private investigator in the MCU will be a great series to experience. It is great to see Marvel allowing great stories and great under-utilized characters a chance to take center stage.

david-tennant-purple-man-at-marvelDavid Tennant will portray her nemisis Zebediah Killgrave – The Purple Man.

Marvel Netflix aka Jessica Jones stars Krysten Ritter (Jessica Jones), David Tennant (Kilgrave), Mike Colter (Luke Cage), Rachael Taylor (Patricia “Trish” Walker), and Carrie-Anne Moss also star in the Netflix original series. “Marvel’s A.K.A. Jessica Jones” was developed by Executive Producer/Showrunner Melissa Rosenberg. Eka Darville, Erin Moriarty, and Wil Traval have also joined “Marvel Netflix aka Jessica Jones,” an all-new 13-episode series premiering on Netflix in 2015.

 

 

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Jane Foster is Thor!

(PCM) The female Thor that took over for …uh Thor in 2014 after the Original Sin storyline is non-other than Jane Foster. Yes. Jane Foster is Thor. And no, this isn’t a call back to the 1978 What if.. (Vol. 1 #10) where Jane Foster is Thor. Jane Foster is the new Lady Thor.

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Some thought it would be S.H.I.E.L.D. agent Roz Solomon. In issue #4 we found out the new Thor is not Thor’s mother as when Thor asked if she was his mother, the new Thor’s response was to kiss him.  Many are now vindicated and called Jane Foster as Thor for months.  But shouldn’t Thor have recognized Jane’s kiss in issue #4? Read up about this big reveal today In Thor #8.

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What? All this is confusing to you? Well the way it apparently works is not only if you can pick up Thor’s hammer Mjolnir are you as worthy as Thor, you also take his name. Where at one time Marvel designated Thor as Odinson’s sir name, but now Thor is mere title.

In 2014 Thor was deemed unworthy of wielding his weapon. Seem lame? That is comic books. It’s more than escapism at its best, it is often a game of playing with characters and re-appropriating them.  Who is Jane Foster?  See the photo below of Natalie Portman as the good doctor Jane Foster from the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) if you are having trouble placing the character.

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With the identity of the female Thor established, the big question of will she live is in play.  Remember this is the original print universe of Marvel, not the movies.  In print, Jane had been diagnosed with cancer. Is Jane’s cancer in remission while being Thor? Will the act of being Thor have cured her?

As Thor Odinson… No wait now just Odinson (He can’t be called Thor if he’s not worthy) has loved Jane, how will he operate now that he knows the woman he’s loved is Thor. One big question is how did he not know all these months?

Marvel is going to work this for all it is worth. Be sure!

Generally these things last at least a year. Think Death of Superman, Batman’s broken back. Spider-Man clone saga, Death of Captain America, Wolverine! The list goes on. Odinson will be back as Thor one day. For now Jane is flying high with the All New, All Different Affirmative Action Avengers!


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That reveal is clear with the free issue of the New Avengers given out on Free Comic Book Day 2015. So while the Secret Wars continues on, we know Jane will survive to continue on as Thor.

Is there truth in taking Thor’s name if you can lift the enchanted Mjolnir?  No, not really. Here are few that have lifted Mjolnir and not taken the name of Thor: Beta Ray Bill. Hulk and Red Hulk, Bor, Magneto, Conan, Hercules, Jake Olsen, Eric Masterson and Red Norvell.  Seems this thing is easy for just about any superhero to wield.  Even cross over super heroes from DC have got in on the action. both Superman and Wonder Woman have picked up Mjolnir.

The list of Marvel characters goes on.  Wonder Man, Thunderstrike, Throg (Thor as a frog), Rogue, Storm, Awesome Andy, Air Walker and even Captain America. Yes that is why in Age of Ultron (2016) Steve Rogers made Mjolnir shimmy on the table. From the future, Thor’s son Magni.

This list can go on. Got one?

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Marvel Announces Official Captain America: Civil War Cast and Synopsis!

Captain_America_Civil_War_FeatMarvel Studios has commenced principal photography at Pinewood Studios in Atlanta, Georgia on Captain America: Civil War, the third installment of its Super Hero franchise. The production will shoot on location in Atlanta, Georgia, which serves as the base for the film’s production, as well as locations in Germany, Puerto Rico and Iceland.

Set for release in the United States on May 6, 2016, Captain America: Civil War is directed by Anthony and Joe Russo (Captain America: The Winter Soldier, Community) from a screenplay by Christopher Markus & Stephen McFeely (Captain America: The Winter Solider, Captain America: The First Avenger). The film returns Chris Evans as the iconic Super Hero character Steve Rogers/Captain America along with Robert Downey Jr. as Tony Stark/Iron Man, Scarlett Johansson as Natasha Romanoff/Black Widow, Sebastian Stan as Bucky Barnes/Winter Soldier, Anthony Mackie as Sam Wilson/Falcon, Paul Bettany as The Vision, Jeremy Renner as Clint Barton/Hawkeye, Don Cheadle as Jim Rhodes/War Machine and Elizabeth Olsen as Wanda Maximoff/Scarlet Witch.

After his debut in Marvel’s Ant-Man on July 17, 2015, Paul Rudd (Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues) will make his first appearance alongside the Avengers as Scott Lang/Ant-Man in Captain America: Civil War.

The film also includes outstanding additional cast, including Chadwick Boseman (42, Get on Up) as T’Challa/Black Panther, Emily VanCamp (Captain America: The Winter Soldier, Revenge) as Sharon Carter/Agent 13, Daniel Brühl (Inglourious Basterds, Bourne Ultimatum), Frank Grillo (Captain America: The Winter Soldier, Warrior) as Brock Rumlow/Crossbones, William Hurt (A History of Violence, The Incredible Hulk) as General Thaddeus “Thunderbolt” Ross and Martin Freeman (The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies).

Captain America: Civil War picks up where Avengers: Age of Ultron left off, as Steve Rogers leads the new team of Avengers in their continued efforts to safeguard humanity. After another international incident involving the Avengers results in collateral damage, political pressure mounts to install a system of accountability and a governing body to determine when to enlist the services of the team. The new status quo fractures the Avengers while they try to protect the world from a new and nefarious villain.

Marvel’s Captain America: Civil War is produced by Marvel Studios’ president, Kevin Feige, with Louis D’Esposito, Alan Fine, Victoria Alonso, Patricia Whitcher, Nate Moore and Stan Lee serving as executive producers.

Directors Joe and Anthony Russo’s creative team also includes director of photography Trent Opaloch (Captain America: The Winter Soldier, Elysium), production designer Owen Paterson (Godzilla, Matrix), and three time Oscar-nominated costume designer Judianna Makovsky (Captain America: The Winter Soldier, Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone).

Based on the Marvel comic character first published in 1941, Captain America: Civil War  continues the lineage of epic big-screen adventures chronicled in  Iron Man, The Incredible Hulk, Iron Man 2, Thor, Captain America: The First Avenger, Marvel’s The Avengers, Iron Man 3, Thor: The Dark World, Captain America: The Winter Soldier, Guardians of the Galaxy, Avengers: Age of Ultron and the upcoming release schedule, which includes Marvel’s Ant-Man on July 17, 2015, Marvel’s Doctor Strange, on November 4, 2016, Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy 2, on May 5, 2017, and Marvel’s Thor: Ragnarok, on November 3, 2017.

Marvel Studios most recently continued its unprecedented success with the release of Avengers: Age of Ultron on May 1, 2015. The film recorded the second biggest opening weekend of all time with a $191.3 million box office. It has also been the #1 release in every country where it has been released.

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Avengers: Age of Ultron Falls Just Short of Avengers Box Office Records

Avengers_Age_of_Ultron(PCM) After months of hype and anticipation, Marvel’s Avengers: Age of Ultron finally hit theaters in the U.S. on Friday, May 1, opening to positive reviews in a weekend filled with major sporting events.

Originally expected to earn around $210 to $220 million, Age of Ultron earned more on its opening night than its predecessor, but took a blow later in the weekend.

Competing against the Kentucky Derby, the way-overhyped Mayweather-Pacquiao fight, and a Spurs v. Clippers playoff game, Avengers: Age of Ultron still managed to earn the second highest opening weekend, grossing an estimated $187,656,000 in domestic box office sales, falling $20 million below Marvel’s Avengers record-breaking 2012 opening weekend.

Avengers: Age of Ultron also had the second highest opening weekend for a PG-13 rated film and is the second fastest film to gross over $150 million, beating out The Dark Knight Rises, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2, and Iron Man 3, but falling behind the Avengers by one day.

Certified fresh on Rotten Tomatoes with a rating of 75%, critics and audiences alike are praising Avengers: Age of Ultron for its action, solid plot, and sinister villain. Tom Long praised the sequel, writing, “For the most part, “Avengers: Age of Ultron” is the hard-charging, mind-boggling spectacle fans are looking for. Smash indeed,” in his review for Detroit News titled “‘Ultron’ is the rare sequel that improves on the original ‘Avengers.'”

Avengers: Age of Ultron just opened this past Friday, so there’s still plenty of time to head to your local theater and watch the Avengers take on Ultron. Written and directed by Joss Whedon, Avengers: Age of Ultron stars Chris Evans, Scarlett Johansson, Samuel L. Jackson, Robert Downey Jr., Mark Ruffalo, Jeremy Renner, Don Cheadle, Paul Bettany, Stellan Skarsgård, Andy Serkis, Linda Cardellini, Thomas Kretschmann, Julie Delpy, Idris Elba, Cobie Smulders, Hayley Atwell, Chris Hemsworth, James Spader, Elizabeth Olsen, Aaron Taylor-Johnson, and Claudia Kim.

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New Fantastic Four Character Posters and Banner!

Fantastic_Four_Banner(PCM) Twentieth Century Fox released four new character posters and a banner for Josh Trank’s Fantastic Four, opening in theaters nationwide on August 7!

Each member of the Fantastic Four has a character poster showcasing their unique powers, save for Mr. Incredible, whose poster doesn’t feature any stretching or feats of amazing elasticity. Meanwhile, the Invisible Woman is transitioning into transparency, the Human Torch has set his hands aflame, and The Thing is rearing up to do some clobbering in their character posters. Check them out below!

Fantastic Four, a contemporary re-imagining of Marvel’s original and longest-running superhero team, centers on four young outsiders who teleport to an alternate and dangerous universe, which alters their physical form in shocking ways. Their lives irrevocably upended, the team must learn to harness their daunting new abilities and work together to save Earth from a former friend turned enemy.

Fantastic Four is written and directed by Josh Trank (Chronicle) alongside co-writers Jeremy Slater (The Lazarus Effect) and Simon Kinberg (X-Men: Days of Future Past) and stars Miles Teller (Whiplash) as Reed Richards aka Mr. Fantastic, Kate Mara (House of Cards) as Sue Storm aka The Invisible Woman, Michael B. Jordan (Fruitvale Station) as Johnny Storm aka The Human Torch, and Jamie Bell (Jumper) as Ben Grimm aka The Thing.

Visit FantasticFourMovie.com, Facebook, and Twitter for more info!

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Meet the Women of the Avengers in New Avengers: Age of Ultron Featurette

Avengers_Banner(PCM) Marvel is giving fans a chance to get to know the female members of Avengers: Age of Ultron before the sequel’s domestic release on May 1, 2015 in a featurette that focuses on Black Widow and Scarlet Witch. Watch the new featurette below!

When Tony Stark tries to jumpstart a dormant peacekeeping program, things go awry and Earth’s Mightiest Heroes, including Iron Man, Captain America, Thor, The Incredible Hulk, Black Widow and Hawkeye, are put to the ultimate test as the fate of the planet hangs in the balance.

As the villainous Ultron emerges, it is up to The Avengers to stop him from enacting his terrible plans, and soon uneasy alliances and unexpected action pave the way for an epic and unique global adventure.

Marvel’s Avengers: Age of Ultron stars Robert Downey Jr., who returns as Iron Man, along with Chris Evans as Captain America, Chris Hemsworth as Thor and Mark Ruffalo as The Hulk. Together with Scarlett Johansson as Black Widow and Jeremy Renner as Hawkeye, and with the additional support of Samuel L. Jackson as Nick Fury and Cobie Smulders as Agent Maria Hill, the team must reassemble to defeat James Spader as Ultron, a terrifying technological villain hell bent on human extinction.

Along the way, they confront two mysterious and powerful newcomers, Wanda Maximoff, played by Elizabeth Olsen, and Pietro Maximoff, played by Aaron Taylor-Johnson, and meet an old friend in a new form when Paul Bettany becomes Vision.

Avengers: Age of Ultron opens in 2D/3D theaters nationwide May 1, 2015! Visit Marvel.com/Avengers, Facebook, and Twitter for more info!

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