Another Time Lord is headed to the Marvel universe! Announced earlier today, David Tennant will join the Netflix series ‘A.K.A. Jessica Jones’ as the show’s villain Kilgrave, otherwise known as The Purple Man.
According to the synopsis of the series, the show will follow Jessica Jones (played by Krysten Ritter) who, after a tragic end to her brief superheroine career, tries to rebuild her life as a private eye, dealing with cases involving people with remarkable abilities in New York City. Tennant’s character will complicate her life as he will be an enigmatic figure from Jessica’s past whose reappearance will send shockwaves through the former superheroine’s world.
Fans of the comic know what a big deal having someone named Kilgrave on the show is going to be. In the comics, Killgrave (with 2 “l”s) worked as a spy and while trying to steal a chemical weapon was involved in an accident that turned his hair and skin purple. The accident also gave him the ability to produce pheromones that would allow him the power to control the minds of those he is physically nearby. Killgrave used this ability to manipulate the women he was attracted to and this is where Jones comes in.
Killgrave’s history with Jessica Jones is pretty disturbing as he would force her to do horrible things using his power of mind control. This would explain her PTSD and the “shockwaves” that his presence into her life would produce. Considering that Killgrave played a vital role in the comic book series “Alias” which ‘A.K.A. Jessica Jones’ is based on, Tennant’s role doesn’t look to be a short term deal and may involve flashbacks as well as an involvement in current timeline stories.
In all fairness, all we know about Tennant’s role is that his character is a villain named Kilgrave and what changes or takeaways from the comic version is still left to be seen. However, leaked audition tapes show that actresses trying out for the role did a scene where they were talking to “Tracy” about someone named “Kincade” who could make people do things and the dangers of what would happen if he got a hold of her again. So I guess the leap that we’ll see the Purple Man is not too far off our assumptions, don’t you think?
While most of Tennant’s work has him as a protagonist, it will be interesting to see his darker side. As many Whovians know, Tennant’s work as the 10th Doctor on ‘Doctor Who’ gave glimpses of what this side could be like, but it will be a real treat to see it all unleashed.
As for crossovers, Tennant will be the second Doctor turned villain to join the Marvel universe following Christopher Eccleston who played Malekith, ruler of the Dark Elves, in ‘Thor: The Dark World.’
‘A.K.A. Jessica Jones’ is slated to begin production soon with a possible 13 episode release sometime later this year on Netflix.