David Tennant tries out being a villain in Marvel’s ‘A.K.A. Jessica Jones’
Here’s a sentence that may blow a few minds: David Tennant is joining the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Yes, the Doctor is Marvel.
Go ahead, take a moment to compose yourself if you need.
Tennant is preparing to take a little break from the full time profession of being a hero and solving problems/crimes. A new report from comicvine confirms that the Scottish actor, known to audiences around the world for his performance as the 10th Doctor, will soon return to television as the bad guy in Marvel’s A.K.A. Jessica Jones.
Sorry to all the fans out there that were hoping to see the TARDIS materialize alongside the Guardians of the Galaxy or watch as is Ultron defeated with a sonic screwdriver (how awesome would that be?), but Tennant is set to appear as the villain opposite Jessica Jones in the second of the five planned Marvel TV shows headed to Netflix.
Tennant will appear as Kilgrave. In the comics, Zebediah Killgrave, aka the Purple Man, is an enemy of both Jessica Jones and Luke Cage, although he has faced off against several other Marvel heroes as well. The Purple Man has the ability to put off special pheromones, which allow him to control the actions of those affected.
“I’m so honored and excited by the prospect of David inhabiting this multifaceted character,” said A.K.A. Jessica Jones showrunner Melissa Rosenberg. “He can deliver the most heart-wrenching moment to the driest of lines, and all points in between. He’ll make Kilgrave a truly original villain.”
Marvel later confirmed that the character’s name has been slightly modified for the show, from Killgrave to Kilgrave.
In the comics, Killgrave and Jones have what can best be described as a messed up relationship. Back when Jones was still in costume and operating under the codename Jewel, the Purple Man captured her and used his power to take control. He forced her to live with him for months, inventing new psychological tortures along the way.
He then sent her out to fight the Avengers. She fails, of course, and ends up in a coma as a result. While in the hospital, Jean Grey helped Jones to permanently overcome the Purple’s Man’s ability to control her, but the events left her traumatized. She soon left the superhero world behind.
The details of the show are not yet known, but that would fit with the official synopsis:
After a tragic ending to her short-lived super hero stint, Jessica Jones is rebuilding her personal life and career as a detective who gets pulled into cases involving people with extraordinary abilities in New York City.
A.K.A. Jessica Jones will be the second Marvel show to air following Daredevil. It stars Krysten Ritter as Jones, and Mike Colter as Luke Cage. An official release date hasn’t been issued, but it is expected for sometime in 2015. For more info on A.K.A. Jessica Jones, Daredevil, and more, check out our guide to all the comic-based TV shows in development.
This isn’t the first time Tennant has played the bad guy. For many, his introduction to American audiences came during his brief appearance in Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, where he played Barty Crouch Jr. Tennant is currently working on a second season of the British mystery, Broadchurch. The American version, Gracepoint, recently finished its run.