Movies aren’t the only place where comic book characters come alive. Television has a good number of them flying and jumping around these days. Which is great for us comic geeks. And let’s not forget Netflix. Marvel has big plans for extending it’s universe there and they started with Daredevil. To follow that up, this November they are bringing us Jessica Jones. For those of you unfamiliar with Jessica, here’s a short summary of her origins.
Midtown High student Jessica Campbell was present when Peter Parker was bitten by the irradiated spider, which gave him his powers. She had a crush on him, and had just plucked up the courage to speak to him when he was distracted by the bite. She also had a celebrity crush on teen heart-throb Johnny Storm.
Jessica’s father received tickets for Disneyland from his boss Tony Stark. On the way home, their car collided with a military convoy carrying radioactive chemicals. Her family was killed, and, after spending several months in a coma, she awoke, stirred by the first coming of Galactus outside her hospital room. She was placed in an orphanage and adopted by the Jones family.
Jessica later discovered that her radiation exposure granted her super strength, limited invulnerability, and flight (which she never fully mastered during her superhero career). The Joneses re-enrolled Jessica at Midtown High, where she was ostracized by her classmates, especially Flash Thompson. Peter Parker (who had since become Spider-Man) sensed in Jessica a kindred spirit—someone who had also lost family due to a tragic circumstance. Jessica mistook his kind attention and lashed out at him, believing he was merely pitying her.
She later witnessed a fight between Spider-Man and the villain Sandman in her own class. This inspired her, in a way she couldn’t put into words, to use her abilities in a positive light.