#1: Jessica Jones was the first Marvel Netflix Show In Development
Melissa Rosenburg, the showrunner and director of the series, actually began development of the show in 2010, long before any deal was made with Netflix. The show was originally a work in progress titled “Alias” for an ABC special like Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. which would have a total of 60 episodes (according to Deadline), but ABC president Paul Lee said the channel had dropped the show in 2012. Fortunately, the show was picked back up when the deal was made with Netflix, as well as the return of Melissa Rosenburg and with her, the original ideas for the show.
Ironically, the show will now have 13 episodes, along with Daredevil, Luke Cage, Iron Fist, and the Defenders all having the same number of episodes, for a grand total of 65 episodes, very close to the original number of planned episodes for the Jessica Jones series alone.
#2: Captain Marvel Was Going to be One of the Three Main Characters
While Carol Danvers, better know as Captain Marvel, is getting her own solo movie in 2018, she was originally set to appear in the first versions of Jessica Jones’ TV show. Rosenburg stated that she would play one of the three major roles in the show, along with the title character Jessica Jones and love interest Luke Cage.
“I had Jessica Jones and Luke Cage and Carol Danvers [for the pilot script]. Basically, I wanted those three guys — then I would have a series. Everyone else we can be digging into lesser known characters or taking known characters and renaming them.”
Since this statement, the show was scrapped and then brought back. When production began early last month, it seemed that Carol Danvers had been replaced with another Avenger, Hellcat.
#3: Iron Man & Stark Industries Are In the Pilot Episode
Or at least, that’s how it was originally. Marvel Studios’ only Netflix show to air so far included easter eggs teasing the Avengers and Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., but the script for one of the drafts of the pilot episode include easter eggs talking about Tony Stark and his company, STARK Industries. Chances are, these easter eggs have remained and will be teased in the first episode of the show when it drops later this year. Melissa has promised that she will try to include as many easter eggs as possible:
“As we go along things will alter in terms of what is made available to us, but we’re definitely in that universe. We are in no way denying that that universe exists. And as much as I can I’m going to pull everything in from there that I can use.”
#4: Jones Was a Superhero Before The Show Begins
Recently, the official synopsis for the companion book detailing the show was revealed via online stores. In it, we find out Jessica was actually a superhero before the show begins, however a tragic event has caused her to give up the hero life. Read it here:
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. In this new collectible volume, go behind the scenes into the world that brings the story of Jessica Jones to life. Packed with stunning production photography, as well as exclusive interviews, this deluxe companion reveals the details of the set and script of Marvel’s AKA Jessica Jones through the eyes of its makers.
#5: Jessica will be gritty like Daredevil Was
A.K.A. Jessica Jones is based off of the Marvel comic books titled “Alias”, which was actually geared towards a more adult audience. Fans were pleasantly surprised by the dark grittiness of Daredevil earlier this year, who will team up with Jones in The Defenders series along with Luke Cage and Iron Fist. Many have speculated that Jessica Jones might be a bit more light-hearted in nature, but those speculations would indeed be wrong. In previous interviews, the showrunner had this to say about the show when asked how the series would compare to other female superhero adaptations:
“Frankly, ‘Jessica’ is so much darker than [other female superheroes]. If anything that would be the issue, it’s fairly edgy and gritty than even the comic book.”
#6: There’s A Good Chance You Can Associate Her with Purple
Did you know that Jess actually went by the name of Jewel as a superhero in the comic books? Her persona as Jewel had purple hair. Meanwhile, the show’s main antagonist will be the Purple Man, played by former Doctor Who actor David Tennant. When production began last month, the working title (or the ‘code-name’ the crew used during production) was Violet. Similar to Daredevil’s association with the color red, with the title sequence of the show being nothing but red, its very possible that Marvel is going to heavily associate her with the color purple.