Critics Say Marvel’s ‘Jessica Jones’ Not For Kids, Sexuality Is ‘Shockingly Honest’

Marvel’s Jessica Jones lands on Netflix November 20, and if you were hoping to watch the show together as a family, you might want to think again. While David Tennant, perhaps best known from the family-friendly series Doctor Who, also stars in the Marvel series, critics say Jessica Jones is not for kids because the sexuality depicted in the series is too “honest,” reports International Business Times. Those same critics go on to say that’s actually a good thing.

Abraham Riesman for Vulture writes that the series’ honesty in sexuality is refreshing.

Jessica Jones is shockingly and refreshingly honest in its depiction of sex and sexuality–especially compared to the rest of Marvel’s cinematic and televised output, which tends to be heterosexual and vanilla on the rare occasions when it dares to be sexual at all.”

For those who recently attended the Jessica Jones panel at this year’s New York Comic-Con, the surprise came when, instead of being shown bits of episodes here and there, the audience was treated to the entire pilot episode of the series. The audience of several thousand people did include some kids, and they were warned Jessica Jones is not exactly kid-friendly. IGN reports there was “nervous laughter” from the audience at different moments.

Doctor Who’s David Tennant made his appearance in the pilot episode of Jessica Jones as bad guy Purple Man. While he wasn’t in the episode for long, he definitely left a lasting impression, according to IGN.

The cast of Jessica Jones at the 2015 New York Comic Con. (Photo by Dave Kotinsky/Getty Images)
The cast of Jessica Jones at the 2015 New York Comic Con. (Photo by Dave Kotinsky/Getty Images)

There’s been plenty of talk about Jessica Jones and how dark the show is going to be, but in case you aren’t sure what the series is all about, it’s an adaptation of the comic Alias by Brian Michael Bendis. Jessica Jones is a former superhero-turned-private investigator who’s dealing with serious issues from her past, such as addiction and PTSD. Jessica Jones, portrayed by Krysten Ritter, just wants to fight crime and live a low key life.

While the character will be going on more of an emotional journey and facing her own demons, as opposed to fighting enemies all the time, this doesn’t mean Jessica Jones won’t be a strong, “kick butt” character.

Eric Goldman for IGN writes Jessica Jones is “someone very damaged but still possessing a lot of strength, both physically and mentally.” As for the sexuality of the show, Goldman goes on to say, “Not only are there sex scenes, but they are very physical, blunt ones…”

One of the updates made to the story of Jessica Jones was revealed at the New York Comic-Con. According to Flickering Myth, actress Carrie-Anne Moss, best known as the character Trinity in the Matrix series of films, will play a gender-swapped version of Jeryn Hogarth.

In an interview with, Moss spoke about what her character is like.

“She’s fierce, she’s strong, she’s powerful, and she likes that power. She is slightly superficial, but I think there’s a depth in there, under all of that. She goes after what she wants; she is kind of playing that male role, the mid-life kind of finding herself a little bit, making some decisions that are impacting her life based on greed, and status, and sex.”

As the Inquisitr previously reported, Moss’s character was seen with a younger blonde woman, sparking speculation that the two are a couple. If so, this means Jessica Jones will be the first Marvel series to feature an openly gay couple.

Krysten Ritter and Mike Colter attending the 'Jessica Jones' panel at the 2015 New York Comic Con (Photo by David /Getty Images)
Krysten Ritter and Mike Colter attending the ‘Jessica Jones’ panel at the 2015 New York Comic Con (Photo by Dave Kotinsky/Getty Images)

Jessica Jones airs on November 20 on Netflix, with the full 13 episodes of Season One available on that date. Do you plan on watching the series?

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