The Jessica Jones Marvel TV Show is the First with a Woman Hero

By: Charlotte Joyce Kidd - Sep 11, 2015
References: time & mic
Girls are boldly claiming their share of the comic book world and Marvel is catching on to that -- as evidenced by the new Jessica Jones Marvel TV series.

The Jessica Jones series will be the first Marvel TV show to feature a woman in the lead superhero role. Jessica Jones -- like most superheroes -- comes from dark origins, having gained her powers in a tragic collision with a truck carrying radioactive materials. She's a crime-fighting private eye who attended the same high school as Peter Parker. In the Marvel TV show, she'll be played by Krysten Ritter.

The Marvel TV series will debut on Netflix as the second installment of "The Defenders," a group of gritty Marvel TV shows about urban superheroes whose first product was Daredevil. This year, Marvel is giving its entire comic book lineup an overhaul with the theme of "All new, all different," designing its superheroes with more diversity in race and gender.