100 of the Most Memorable Marvel Movie and TV Characters

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16. Jessica Jones (Krysten Ritter)

Krysten Ritter as Jessica Jones in Jessica Jones

Krysten Ritter as Jessica Jones in Jessica Jones
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Jessica Jones was remarkable in many ways. It was, technically, Marvel’s first female-led solo project (though she’s since been exiled from the MCU canon). Tonally, it was darker than any live-action MCU project that had come before it (although the series had a sharp sense of humor). And Jessica herself, played to prickly perfection by Krysten Ritter, remains unique in the Marvel pantheon. Jess was a reluctant heroine who couldn’t help but do good, even when all she wanted was to self-destruct. The compounded trauma of her parents’ death and her non-consensual relationship with Kilgrave (David Tennant, one of the scariest villains of all time) utterly toughened her up, but couldn’t stop her from coming together. care about others. Again and again, Jessica had to make impossible choices, often putting her in direct opposition to the people she loved, while trying to put the pieces of a broken life back together. It’s hard to imagine a Marvel hero in the Disney+ era directly confronting rape culture the way she did. Even beyond Marvel, few characters on TV have portrayed the reality of being a survivor quite like Jessica: not always nice, not always fair, trying your best and failing and trying again. Super strength was cool too, but that was only a small part of what made Jessica Jones such an amazing heroine. [Mary Kate Carr]

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