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ABC's AKA Jessica Jones: Different Purple Man and Luke Cage Possibly; Hopefully Ant-Man

Posted By: Matt McGloin
Thu, 11/17/2011 - 19:59

picWriter Melissa Rosenberg spoke with io9 on both the Twilight: Breaking Dawn TV show and the new Marvel series, AKA Jessica Jones.

Rosenberg is adapting Brian Michael Bendis' Alias for ABC, a Marvel comic that dealt with mature material as it was part of the adult oriented MAX imprint.

Basically, Jessica Jones gets mind controlled by a villain called the Purple Man, and suffice to say he forces her to do -- and watch -- all kinds of bad stuff. The aftermath sees her suffer Post Traumatic Stress Disorder as she still tries to remain a hero - or super hero.

"Jessica Jones is also kick ass. She's this incredibly damaged, flawed superhero with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, and she too is trying to find her place in that universe. Is she superhero, is she a human? Her powers are kind of B-level, so she can't quite cut it in the superhero world. It's just a really delicious character," she said.

Well, io9 asked Rosenberg if the Purple Man would, indeed, be not only the "Purple Man," but be purple in the show. Let's be honest, her answer doesn't really come as a surprise, as it seems unlikely.

He's very much a part of it. He may, or may not, have that name. But he's very much a part of it. Because he is, he is… she's really suffering of the trauma of having been violated by this guy. So that plays a huge part of the plot of the first season, and probably in her series arc.

I doubt it. It may become too cartoony for the tone of it. But who knows? I mean, we have to get in there, we have to get a greenlight for the script first and get in there and design it. But, you know, I'm open to interpretations of him. The tone of this is very gritty and very real, and I'm not sure if purple skin will do it. Maybe he'll put on a purple suit…

Rosenberg then says that Luke Cage might even be a bit different as well when asked, but not too different as she understands what it means to stay close to comic book canon.

Maybe a little bit — you have to stay true. Luke Cage is a Marvel Universe character, you really have to stay true to who he was, but there are some… yeah. There are some things that might surprise you. So the answer to that is, Yes and no. I've learned from Twilight that there's only so much canon-breaking you can do.

Rosenberg not only mentions Luke Cage playing a role in the TV series, but Carol "Ms. Marvel" Danvers and even Ant-Man. On the fan-favorite little guy, Rosenberg said the following:

I love Ant-Man by the way — what a crazy superpower. Different characters are owned by different studios, The Avengers are owned by one studio, the X-Men are owned by another. There are a lot of toes out there that you have to avoid stepping on. We'll use any character that they'll let us.