Jessica Jones and mysteries go together like whiskey and whiskey, so it’s no surprise that fans of the Netflix hero have taken after their idol and begun crafting all manner of Jessica Jones fan theories on the internet. Entwined with Jessica Jones conspiracies are Kilgrave fan theories since the villain captures nearly as much fan attention as the show’s protagonist with a performance that was captivating in more ways than one.
Fans no doubt have some questions about Jessica Jones, especially with the second season's Netflix premiere in March 2018. The first season of the show deliberately left quite a few things about Jessica’s backstory vague and ambiguous, practically inviting fans to come up with their own explanations and fan theories. Some of the ideas they’ve come up with may seem outlandish, but the sheer volume of speculation out there likely means that at least a couple popular theories about Jessica Jones will come true.
Fans met the death of Kilgrave at the end of Season 1 of Jessica Jones with mixed emotions. While Kilgrave was a horrific villain who certainly deserved to die, he was also one of the most entertaining antagonists in the MCU, and fans were sad to see him leave. This has led to nonstop speculation about the ways how Kilgrave might return, including a theory by NeonGameWave on the ComicVine forums.
NeonGameWave’s theory is multi-pronged and includes a number of ways the Purple Man might return. According to this fan, Kilgrave could heal, be mentally projected, and any other number of more convoluted returns. By far the most plausible is that Kilgrave never died, he simply used his abilities to tell Jessica to believe she had killed him.
Some nitpicking fans have taken issue with the fact that Jessica Jones’s powers seem to be a bit inconsistent in their portrayal on-screen. Jessica’s strength and ability levels seem to fluctuate at times. According to Reddit user itallmakescentsnow, this is explained as a symptom of the PTSD that Jones no doubt received from her time under the thrall of Kilgrave. After all, there’s plenty of precedent for PTSD screwing with a hero’s powers - it was even a central plot line in Spider-Man 2.
Or, as a commenter in the original thread suggests, it could come down to how much alcohol Jessica has in her system at any one time.
Since she first appeared on the show, fans of Trish Walker have waited for her to take one her comic book persona, Hellcat, in Jessica Jones. As a character, Hellcat has been around for a lot longer than Jessica Jones, and several people, like Bryan Kersey at The Marvel Report, think that Season 2 will finally see Trish in her crime-fighting costume. With Walker’s brief flirtation with superpowers in Season 1, not to mention her desire to protect her best friend, the pieces are certainly in place for Hellcat to get her claws out.
Of the many villains to grace the Marvel Cinematic Universe, many consider Jessica Jones’ Kilgrave to be the evilest, but Reddit user robertraur thinks that might not be Kilgrave’s fault. In their theory, they explain that Kilgrave’s mind-control powers are a type of virus that he transmits to his victims. Real-world viruses can sometimes manipulate their hosts in order to spread farther. Perhaps the virus that gives Kilgrave his powers also subconsciously influences him to use his powers ever more frequently on people in a way he can't control.