Superhero fans are booked for the weekend. “Marvel’s Jessica Jones” hits Netflix on Friday. Judging by the success of Marvel’s first Netflix venture, “Daredevil,” it’s safe to say that plenty of people will be binge-watching. But first, they’ll need to know when and how to tune in.
If you’re planning to log on at midnight, you better live on the West Coast. Nearly all Netflix series start streaming at 12:01 a.m. PST and 3:01 a.m. EST, and “Jessica Jones” is expected to follow suit. So it’s time to get the caffeine ready if you just can’t wait until the sun rises.
Audiences will need a Netflix account to watch the show. The streaming service is available for $7.99 a month. If you’re one of those few people who haven’t hopped on the Netflix train yet, you can watch for free. New users can get a free one-month trial, which gives even slow viewers plenty of time to watch all 13 episodes of “Jessica Jones.” Marvel fans don’t need a desktop or TV to watch the show either. The Netflix app allows users to watch on mobile devices like smartphones and tablets.
“Jessica Jones” follows the titular character (Krysten Ritter) as she leaves her life as a superhero behind and tries to be a private investigator. However, she is still haunted by a traumatic series of events involving villain Zebediah Killgrave (David Tennant), a.k.a. the Purple Man. The mind-controlling maniac is still on the loose, and Jessica might have to take him down once and for all. According to Ritter, the drama is really about Jessica dealing with her past.
“I felt like it was groundbreaking material in how it handles some of the darker stuff that happens to her,” the actress told the Wall Street Journal. “We never actually see, literally, [her] history with [villain] Killgrave. But we see the effects of it. Ultimately, this is a story about coming to terms with something internally with yourself.”
Expect to see a few connections to other Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) projects. The Battle of New York is mentioned, but audiences should expect more references to “Daredevil” than “The Avengers.” “Jessica Jones” takes place in Matt Murdoch’s (Charlie Cox) neighborhood, Hell’s Kitchen, and it’s the second of four planned Marvel series on Netflix. “Daredevil,” “Jessica Jones,” “Luke Cage” (played by Mike Colter, who is introduced in the female-fronted show) and “Iron Fist” will all eventually cross over for “The Defenders.”
Watch the trailer for “Marvel’s Jessica Jones” Season 1 below: