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NYCC: Marvel Villain Nuke Plays a Role in “Jessica Jones”

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NYCC: Marvel Villain Nuke Plays a Role in “Jessica Jones”

Following the announcement Saturday of Carrie-Anne Moss’ role on “Jessica Jones,” another piece of the casting puzzle appears to have fallen into place.

At New York Comic Con, actor Wil Traval revealed to IGN that his character, previously only described as a cop who “takes ‘protect and serve’ very seriously” — will be familiar to longtime comics readers: a “psycho super-soldier” named Simpson who’s been reinvented for the Netflix drama.

That of course points to Frank Simpson, the Daredevil villain better known as Nuke. You know, the pill-popping psychopath with the American flag tattooed on his face.

Introduced by Frank Miller and David Mazzucchelli in 1986’s “Daredevil” #232, Nuke was a former test subject in the Weapon Plus super-soldier program hired by Kingpin to kill Matt Murdock.

Traval (“Red Widow,” “All Saints”) said his Simpson is “very set in his ways, like black and white, what’s right or wrong, and serving justice in a very specific way,” which brings him into conflict with Krysten Ritter’s Jessica Jones, who “works in the field of gray.”

Also starring David Tennant, Mike Colter and Rachael Taylor, “Jessica Jones” premieres Nov. 20 on Netflix.

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