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AKA Jessica Jones ‘Definitely’ Set in Marvel’s Cinematic Universe

The Pulse #11

ABC’s AKA Jessica Jones will be set firmly within Marvel’s cinematic universe, the series’ writer and producer confirms, with Luke Cage and Carol Danvers playing central roles. However, she acknowledges that rights agreements will make allusions to some other characters impossible.

“It’s very tricky navigation there,” Twilight writer Melissa Rosenberg tells HitFix. “You can’t mention one guy because Fox has the rights to that guy and Universal has the rights to the other one.  There are a lot of boundaries on who you can and can’t use. 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.”

She notes that Tony Stark and Stark Industries are mentioned in her pilot script. “As we go along things will alter in terms of what is made available to us, but we’re definitely in that universe,” Rosenberg says. “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.”

Announced in December 2010, AKA Jessica Jones is based on Marvel’s Alias, the series created in 2001 by Brian Michael Bendis and Michael Gaydos about an embittered former superheroine who, after a traumatic experience, gives up her costumed identity and opens a detective agency. But once she settles in, she discovers her services are sought by clients with superhero connections.

Rosenberg, a former writer and producer for Showtime’s Dexter, mentioned in an interview posted just last week that she’s hopeful the new series will find a home on ABC’s fall 2012 schedule. She tells HitFix that the long wait for the pilot greenlight is because, “I wrote it kind of off-season so it fell in between seasons.”

Bendis will consult on AKA Jessica Jones, with Rosenberg, 3 Arts Entertainment’s Howard Klein and Marvel’s Jeph Loeb, Joe Quesada and Alan Fine serving as executive producers.


  • CJ3

    That’s awesome, it’s hard for me to find interest in a show or series that is from a universe but denies it on a story level.  I know the whole rights issue thing, but to have it in the universe and to pull in every aspect of it will make it a great addition to the universe.  You can watch AKA JJ and go yeah definitely somewhere out there Tony Stark is doing his thing etc.  Hey imagine if Robert Downey JR came on as Tony Stark in an episode or multiple episodes.  Makes it fun and engaging to watch.

  • Dr No

    This is fantastic news. The only major hurdle will be to get people to get past “Who’s Jessica Jones?” I’m sure if you have a big name or two in the pilot you can do just that. Also, if you can have her make an appearance or mentioned in some of the upcoming movies, you drum up that much more interest. Great stuff.

  • WonderScott

    The fact she was a writer for Dexter is a good sign for being able to balance the tone of Alias with what can be done in network TV.  The whole Purple Man isn’t quite right for the 8pm audience, so I hop this gets a 9pm or 10pm slot, in order to better explore the character and issues she’s faced.

    It’s not like what Jessica has had to deal with couldn’t be updated and portrayed as it would in CSI style show and still make for a satisfying story. 

  • Anonymous

    I always hoped they would set it in the MMU but it’s great to hear it confirmed.

    With X-men, FF, DD and Spidey plus associated villains presumably off the table that reduces the pot of run of the mill villains and z-list heroes they could pull in and work with.

    It’s a shame they have Punisher being developed elsewhere as he could have been a great occasional guest star as he finds himself at cross-purposes with Jess.

    On the plus side presumably they will be able to rope Iron Fist and Black Panther and a few other of that level. Maybe even introduce Doc Strange or Brother Voodoo as their go-to magic consultant.  Maybe even some minor Asgardian Gods could pop up along the way.  Mephisto.  Lower tier avengers like Black Night, Starfox, Tigra, Hellcat etc.

    Maybe even introduce Jen Walters as a friendly lawyer pre-She-Hulk.

    Lots of opportunity to lay the groundwork for future movies or shows as well as telling fun stories.

  • Jacob

    Oh god, Wolverine looks like a pedo in that picture.

  • Jacob

    “The fact she was a writer for Dexter is a good sign for being able to
    balance the tone of Alias with what can be done in network TV. ”

    That depends on which episodes she wrote.

  • Jacob

    ABC Studios sold the Punisher show to FOX, but it’s still their show. They’re the ones making it. It’ll be in-house with Disney. Crossovers are not strictly off the table (but will be very difficult to negotiate).

  • Anonymous

    Thats cool and all but i rather see the show focus on the smaller characters like heroes for hire than me seeing only the popular characters. The amount of characters they could bring in is phenomenal.

  • Kurt Onstad

    It’s really a shame that Daredevil’s over with Fox.  First off, there were the movies…now, it means he can’t show up here, when he was such a large part of Jessica’s story in the comics.

  • Tangled Up In Blue

    They could always do a crossover in lines of the Prison Break/Breakout Kings crossover that had T-Bag appear in the latter show, or how Chuck Lorre had the former stars of Dharma & Greg appear in 3 and a Half Men. I believe as long as the production companies and the show creators sign off on the cameos, both networks should be able to sign off on crossover episodes

  • Jacob

    I figure since they’re on competing channels, at the same time, the networks would be less than enthusiastic to promote the competition.

  • Michael

    Abed from Community (NBC) was on Cougar Town (ABC). Anything’s possible.

  • David Fullam

    Now they give me a reason to watch it.

  • Reuel Gomez

    Why not create a Marvel Televised Universe rather than liking these shows to the movies?