WARNING: The following article contains spoilers for Jessica Jones Season 2, streaming now on Netflix.
Jeph Loeb and Kevin Feige, two of the main players involved in steering the Marvel Cinematic Universe, love to remind people “it’s all connected.” It’s a simple phrase, but an important one as it reinforces the fact that every live-action Marvel project exists in the same universe.
Yes, everything from Avengers: Age of Ultron to Iron Fist to Runaways all takes place on a single world. Despite this, we’ve not really seen much connective thread between the movies and any of the television series, with Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. as the one exception. The Netflix branch of the universe has only ever referenced things that have taken place in the movies, but with Jessica Jones Season 2, the references become more straightforward and tied to the overall plot.
One big reference in Krysten Ritter’s latest reprisal as Jessica is The Raft, a remote, underwater prison designed and created specifically for keeping enhanced individuals away from the rest of the world. In Jessica Jones, the titular character shockingly meets her mother Alisa, who was declared dead after the fatal fatal car crash that led to Jessica gaining her powers. It turns out Alisa was actually brought back to life by IGH — just like her daughter.
Alisa possesses the same abilities as Jessica, but on an amplified level. While Jessica is reluctant to use her powers to be a hero, her mother is more than happy play the role of a villain by killing people (even if it is to protect her daughter). This, as you’d imagine, gets her in trouble, and she finds herself incarcerated, locked away in the Raft.
Jeri Hogarth, the lawyer Jessica worked for in Season 1 and who helped Danny Rand in Iron Fist, takes on Alisa’s case and manages to get her a deal that would prevent her from being sent to the subterranean prison. As Jeri tells Alisa, she would be kept in solitary confinement for 23 hours, each and every day. They make a big deal about just how secure and secluded it is, and if you’ve seen Captain America Civil War, you know how accurate a description this is. After all, it’s an underwater, military-grade prison that can only be accessed by helicopter. That’s pretty secure.
The Raft was introduced in Civil War, and is where Captain America’s faction of the Avengers who fought against Iron Man and his crew found themselves at the end of the film. Scarlet Witch, Falcon, Hawkeye and Ant-Man locked away until Cap, of course, comes to their rescue at the end of the movie, giving us our a really good look at the special prison.
In Marvel Comics, the Raft was a maximum security prison for criminals with super powers, which is consistent with the version in Civil War. However, the comics version was operated by S.H.I.E.L.D. Interestingly, Jessica Jones villain Kilgrave found himself locked up there in the comics, but his fate was sealed in the previous season of the show when Jessica brutally snapped his neck.
This isn’t the only reference to Captain America: Civil War Jessica Jones‘ new season. Oscar, the super of her apartment complex, has a son named Vido who loves superheroes — he even has a Captain America action figure. Much like at the end of Civil War where Cap’s shield is broken, Vido accidentally broke his figure’s shield. He goes on to tell Jessica that he made a new shield, more or less what will happen in Avengers: Infinity War. It’s a subtle reference, but a nice little nod to the greater universe Jessica continues to find herself dragged into.
Streaming now on Netflix, Jessica Jones Season 2 stars Krysten Ritter, Rachael Taylor, Carrie-Anne Moss, Eka Darville, J.R. Ramirez and Janet McTeer.
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