The Netflix series Jessica Jones captures the spirit of the titular Marvel Comics character and breaks new thematic ground in live-action superhero entertainment. As with any adaptation, though, Jessica Jones is quite different from its source material in ways both large and small. In adapting the comic book, the show left out certain elements or tweaked parts of Jessica's origin.From her illustrious career as an actual superhero who fought alongside the Avengers to her list of code names, Jessica Jones the TV show left out a lot about Jessica Jones the character. If you've ever been curious about her real day jobs, the origins of Kilgrave, or who her best friend really is, then this list will provide the answers for which you've been jonesing.
Don't Call Him Kilgrave
Everyone's favorite villain to hate is David Tennant's Kilgrave. He's equal parts vicious and stylish but did you know that his personal penchant for dressing in purple reveals his true origins? See, in the comic book Kilgrave is better known as the villain "Purple Man," thanks to his deeply purple skin. The powers and stylish purple suits are the same but he prefers a more ridiculous and less mall goth pseudonym.
Kilgrave Is a Former Spy from Croatia
In the television version of Jessica Jones, Kilgrave speaks with a crisp British accent. His Netflix origin positions him as the victim of childhood experiments carried out by his scientist parents. In the comic book, however, he's actually a Croatian-born physician turned spy who gains his powers during a secret mission to a chemical factory.
Jessica Jones may be the name of the character but Alias is the name of the comic. Who knows why they went with change? Maybe the producers were trying to stay down wind from the old TV show Alias, another combination of action, drama, and soap opera about a strong-willed, tough as nails woman.
Color Makes the Man
While David Tennant rocked those purple suits with aplomb, he didn't quite go all the way. Even back in his first appearance Kilgrave AKA The Purple Man had purple skin. We see hints of this in the last episode of the series when Purple Man tries to use his augmented powers to stop Jessica Jones and his face flashes purple, but that's as close the show gets.