On March 8th, the world’s coolest (and snarkiest) detective is back! Jessica Jones returns for a second season of Marvel mishaps on your Netflix service. It’s been a couple of years since Jess flew solo on her own show and who knows what’s coming for her this time around. For the next few weeks, I’ll be dropping knowledge on this superhero turned private dick to get you ready. Join me and find out more reasons why Jessica is just that damn cool.
This week, I’ll be talking about the many heroes she’s interacted with in the comics that are now on the big screen. Yes, I said the big screen. Jessica may have run with The Defenders, but she’s also hung out with an Avenger or two (besides Luke Cage). A number of these folks are the stars of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. But even though there are actors associated to these roles, you most likely won’t see them pop up on Jessica’s show anytime soon. Let take a look at these famous fighters!
Scott Lang (Ant-Man)
Everybody who watched the first season of Jessica Jones knows that Jess hooked up with Luke Cage. In the comics, that hookup lead to a close a friendship and eventually, marriage and a kid. What you might not know is that in Jess’ first series, Alias, Luke wasn’t the only man she was involved with. For a number of issues, Jones dated Scott Lang, a.k.a. Ant-Man. It was a blind date set up by Carol Danvers (more on her later) that got these two together. They would have a rocky relationship that didn’t last too long. Scott would end up being used as a pawn/prisoner of The Purple Man (Killgrave for those of you that only watched the series). There’s even a point where Killgrave stages it to look like Scott was killed by his own ants.
Even though he didn’t die here, Alias writer Brian Michael Bendis would kill him off for real just a few months later in the pages of Avengers. But Scott got better and is back among the living in the Marvel Universe.
Paul Rudd plays Scott in the MCU. While I don’t think it would be too hard to get him for an episode of T.V., his character is very much in a relationship and is settled in Miami (for now), so there would be no reason to bring him in.
Carol Danvers (Captain Marvel)
As mentioned above, Carol Danvers, a.k.a. the current Captain Marvel, set Jessica Jones and Scott Lang up on a blind date. In the first issue of Alias, it’s revealed that Carol is Jessica’s best friend. She’s that “perfect” friend that is so put together and just wants to see Jess get her life in order. So she always gets a bit too involved. For the Alias series, the pair were not on the best of terms, with Jess believing that Carol didn’t have her best interests in mind. The two would eventually get over their problems and become best friends.
In recent issues of the current Jessica Jones series, Jess helped Carol take down a Hydra cell. In order to do that, she had to convince the world and her husband that she’d turned on Carol. That left a big mess that Jones is still dealing with. Sometimes you gotta do some messy stuff to help out a friend.
When Season 1 of Jessica Jones was released, Marvel still hadn’t announced who would play Captain Marvel in the upcoming film. (It was later revealed that Brie Larson would have the honor.) So Carol was swapped out for Trish Walker. In the comics, Trish goes by Patsy Walker and is better known as Hellcat. Time will tell if Trish goes full fledged superhero in Season 2.
Alright, so Maria Hill’s relationship with Jessica is pretty fucked up. In the pages of New Avengers, during the Civil War event, Maria Hill showed up at Luke Cage and Jessica Jones’ apartment alongside Tony Stark and threatened that if Cage didn’t sign up for the Superhero registration act, there would be hell to pay. When Luke refused, Hill sent in a S.H.I.E.L.D. team to try to take him down, blowing up the apartment in the process. Luke and Jess would remain on the run for a number of years after that event.
Recently, Hill re-entered Jessica’s life, this time as a client. Hill’s on the run from the government because of events in her past. So she goes to the one person they’d never expect her to go to: Jessica Jones. She ends up hiring Jess to find out information on a mission that she made herself forget. It’s though this case that we find out that Maria’s father is the reason she’s such a hot mess. Even after this, Jess and Maria are still not on the best of terms.
Out of all the “Never Gonna Happen” cameos on this list, this one is the most plausible to pull off. Aside from her performance as Hill in the Marvel movies, Cobie Smulders is best know for her television work. But with Hill’s disassociation for any real relevance to the current MCU, it’s hard to say how they could fit the character into the Jessica Jones’ world.
Steve Rogers (Captain America)
So believe it or not, there actually was a time in the Marvel Universe when folks did not know that Steve Rogers is Captain America. Dude had a real secret identity. He even had a few fake identities, one as an artist for “Marvels” comics. So the first story arc of the Alias series had some real weight when Jess found out Cap’s identity and was able to stop it from going into the wrong hands. She would put her life on the line against some shady characters and would even get a visit from Steve. He wanted to meet her and thank her personally for keeping his secret. Cap would also pop up a couple of more times during the Alias run and it’s sequel, The Pulse.
The one thing that sucks about his first appearance is what would happen afterwards. Within a year, Cap would reveal his identity to the world on national television within the pages of his own comic. It’s a cool moment, but poorly timed. It took away the gravitas of the Alias arc, deflating it’s importance. I know this was not intentional. I just wish there was more time between the stories.
While it would be amazing to have Chris Evans show up for even a 1 minute cameo, there is no way that will ever happen. It would be pretty cool, though.
So there you have it, friends. Jessica Jones is pretty well connected in the Marvel Comics Universe. It’s a shame that Netflix doesn’t have a boatload of cash to throw at this show. That’s the only way these cameos would ever happen. But, at the end of the day, Jessica Jones is an interesting cat all her own. She don’t need these heroes cramping her style. She’s done some pretty awesome stuff in her career. We’ll be talking more about that awesome stuff next week.
Marvel’s Jessica Jones Season 2 drops on Netflix on March 8th.
If you’re gonna geek out, GEEK HARD!