Unless you're a big comic book fan, you probably have no idea who the hero of Netflix's second Marvel series, Jessica Jones, is. And that's OK. You don't need any prior knowledge about the superhero-turned-private investigator to jump right into Netflix's noir drama.
But for those of us who enjoy knowing what we're getting into, check out our comic book history of Jessica Jones below:
Publication history: Jessica Jones was created by artist Michael Gaydos and writer Brian Michael Bendis, who serves as a consultant on the TV show. Jessica made her debut in the Alias series in November 2001 (no relation to the 2001 Jennifer Garner TV series. Confusing, we know). After Alias ended in 2004, Jessica moved to the series The Pulse and eventually New Avengers in 2010.
Origin story: Jessica Campbell went to high school with Peter Parker, on whom she had a major crush, and was even present when he was bitten by the spider that gave him superpowers. When her family was driving home from a trip to Disney, purchased for Jessica's family by her father's boss Tony Stark, their car crashed into a military convoy carrying radioactive chemicals. Jessica's family was killed and she was in a coma for several months. After she woke up, Jessica was adopted by the Jones family.
Jessica soon discovers her exposure to radiation in the crash granted her super strength, limited invulnerability and the ability to fly (though this later atrophied after years of disuse). When Jessica returns to high school, she becomes a social outcast and lashes out at Peter when he tries to help her. After she sees Spider-Man (whom she doesn't know is Peter) fight Sandman, Jessica is inspired to become a superhero.
Notable changes: On Netflix's version, Jessica (Krysten Ritter) was adopted by Trish Walker's (Rachael Taylor) family. Trish, a former child star and current radio personality, is Jessica's best friend and the alternate identity of the Hellcat. Though, it's unknown whether the TV show will see Trish eventually embracing her own superhero side.
Jewel: While fighting crime under the alias Jewel, Jessica runs into Zebediah Killgrave, aka the Purple Man, who uses his mind control powers to control Jessica for months on end. But when the Purple Man (who literally is a purple man, BTW) sends Jessica to kill Daredevil at the Avengers Mansion, the mind control begins to wear off. But before Jessica can flee the scene, she's savagely beaten by a few of the Avengers.
Fortunately, Carol Danvers, aka Ms. Marvel, recognizes Jessica and helps her escape. Jessica is then taken in by S.H.I.E.L.D., where she's nursed out of yet another coma. Afterwards, Jean Grey uses her psychic powers to protect Jessica from future brainwashing by the Purple Man.
Jessica's entire experience with Killgrave - along with the fact that no one noticed her missing for eight months - leaves her with an extreme case of PTSD and inspires her to give up her Jewel identity. Jessica attempts to reinvent herself as Knightress, a lone-wolf heroine who keeps tabs on supervillains. But when this doesn't work out, Jessica decides to quit being a superhero for good.
Notable changes: On the series, Jessica never even suited up as an official superhero (though the Jewel costume does make an appearance). And even though Jessica is part of the MCU, Marvel doesn't lend any of its other established superheroes to the TV show. So sadly, there won't be any Avengers or S.H.I.E.L.D. popping up this season.
Private eye career: Jessica opens up her own private detective agency in New York City, where she specializes in superhero cases. This is approximately when the Jessica Jones series begins, though the show takes a notably different trajectory. During this time in the comics, Jessica briefly dates Scott Lang (Ant-Man) for several months and begins an on-again, off-again relationship with Luke Cage, a character who is getting his own Netflix series in the near future. Jessica also hires Matt Murdock (Daredevil) as her lawyer. Killgrave escapes from prison and returns to torture Jessica, but she frees herself from his control and is able to recapture him. Jessica also gets pregnant with Luke's child, prompting them to begin a committed relationship.
Daily Bugle career: Jessica then becomes a superhero correspondent and consultant for The Daily Bugle. After the newspaper reports that Norman Osborn is the Green Goblin, Osborn attacks Jones. This prompts Spider-Man and Luke Cage to battle the Goblin, resulting in the villain's first incarceration. Jessica gives birth to a daughter, Danielle, named after Luke's best friend Danny Rand (Iron Fist), who is also getting his own Netflix series. Jessica quits the Daily Bugle over its unflattering coverage of the Avengers, of which Luke Cage was now a member. She and Luke get engaged and married.
Civil War and Power Woman: During the Civil War, which will be chronicled in the upcoming Captain America movie, Jessica and Luke don't comply with the Superhuman Registration Act. Jessica flees to Canada with Danielle, while Luke joins Captain America's Secret Avengers. After revealing himself to be Spider-Man, Peter Parker inspires Jessica to become a superhero once more. But following a brief stint as Jewel, Jessica takes on the new alias Power Woman. Due to the potential threats, Jessica retires once more to protect Danielle. She later returns to the fold to work as an associate of Luke Cage's team, the Mighty Avengers.
Jessica Jones premieres on Netflix on Nov. 20.