Jessica Jones inhabits a unique position in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. While most of the major Marvel heroes have been around for over 50 years (with some, like, Captain America, are pushing 80), Jessica hasn’t even been around for 20 years just yet! Not only that, but she has mostly been written by a single writer during those years (her creator, Brian Michael Bendis) and thus doesn’t have a whole lot of continuity to accumulate. Thus, when she gets her own series, there are are also not a whole lot of nods that you can do to the past of Jessica Jones in the Marvel Universe, at least not in the same way that you can with characters like Luke Cage and Iron Fist, who simply have longer histories.
However, in the second season of Jessica Jones (streaming now on Netflix), they still manage to pack in a number of references to the past of Marvel Comics through the use of supporting characters while also working in at least one reference to Jessica Jones’ comic book past. Read on for 15 cool Easter Eggs from Jessica Jones Season 2.
SPOILERS for Season 2 of Jessica Jones follow!
15. THE WHIZ KID
In the first episode, we see Jessica Jones sort through her various possible clients while deciding which new client to take on. She has grown in popularity since she has been outed as a super-powered vigilante, but she tries to take easy cases that she won’t get too attached to because she is still dealing with the trauma she went through in the first season.
One of the possible clients calls himself the Whizzer. While he is much different than his comic book counterpart, the Jessica Jones Whizzer actually does rock a color scheme of blue and yellow just like the original Whizzer. For a while there in the 1970s, the Whizzer (and his fellow Golden Age hero, Miss America) was acknowledged in the comics as the father of Quicksilver and Scacrlet Witch!
14. ONE OF THE WORST ORIGINS IN COMIC BOOK HISTORY
Another clever Easter Egg referencing the real comic book version of the Whizzer came when we learned that the Whizzer in the comic has a pet mongoose. This is important because a mongoose actually played a major role in one of the dumbest origins in the history of comic books! In fact, it was an origin so dumb that no one has ever actually taken credit for coming up with it (and therefore, no one has taken credit for co-creating the Whizzer).
In USA Comics #1 from early 1941, artists Al Avison and Al Gabriele drew the debut of the Whizzer, who gained his powers from a blood transfusion with… yep, you guessed it, a mongoose! That somehow gave him super speed. It makes no sense, but it sure did happen!
13. TRISH WALKER – FASHION ICON
Jessica Jones’ best friend (and her adoptive sister) is Patricia “Trish” Walker, who was a child star in the Jessica Jones universe. This matches up with Trish’s comic book history, in which she was called Patsy Walker. After Archie Andrews debuted in the early 1940s and was a smash success, other comic book companies tried to do their own version of the teen star.
Marvel (the company was called Timely back then) came up with a female version of Archie (right down to the red hair) named Patsy Walker and she became one of Marvel’s most popular characters — its only character who started in the Golden Age and continued coming out into the Marvel Age. By the time her book was finally canceled, she was rocking the mod look just like she wore in this throwback look on the TV series (she is trying to get info from one of her old fans).
12. HEY, IT’S PATSY!
In the comic books, Marvel later adapted Patsy Walker into the greater Marvel Universe by revealing that she had been the star of her own comic book series WITHIN the Marvel Universe. So “Patsy Walker” was a fictional character who stayed a teen in a popular comic book series written by the mother of the real Patsy Walker.
The Jessica Jones TV series adapted that concept into their continuity, only it is a teen TV series instead of a comic book series. Still, the logo of the TV show is similar to the comic book logo of Patsy’s long-running comic book series. In both continuities, Patsy’s mother is a real piece of work (although the TV one sadly is more relatable than the comic book version).
11. KILL ALL PARENTS
A few years back, there was a fun one-shot, single-issue comic by Image by Mark Andrew Smith and Marcelo Dichiara called Kill All Parents! The idea of the comic is that someone came up with the idea that the only way to create a world filled with superheroes was for super-powered children to lose their parents in tragic incidents that would then inspire the children to become superheroes. So a conspiracy was formed to kill off their parents.
In the case of the Whizzer, he fit the bill totally, as his father, Emil Frank, passed away as he was administrating the mongoose blood transfusion that saved Robert Frank’s life and gave him his super powers. On the TV series, the Whizzer’s pet mongoose is named, what else — Emil! That’s a fine tribute to a man who sacrificed his life to save his son!
10. A RANDIAN JOB
One of the major character changes from the comic books to the TV series is the way that Jeryn Hogarth from the comic books became “Jeri” Hogarth in the TV series, going from male to female. Jeryn Hogarth debuted during Chris Claremont and John Byrne’s run on Iron Fist.
He was the personal lawyer (and good friend) of Danny Rand’s father and was therefore one of the biggest lawyers for Rand-Meachum Inc. (also known as the Rand Corporation). Therefore, it makes perfect sense that in the first episode of Jessica Jones we see that Jeri Hogarth has also nailed down the business of the Rand Corporation. This was, of course, one of the few things keeping her partners from kicking her out of their firm — and even that turned out to not keep them from finding a way to squeeze her out of the firm later on.
9. MAGNETS, HOW DO THEY WORK?
Generally speaking, Jessica Jones doesn’t spent a whole lot of time reflecting upon Jessica’s greater place in the overall Marvel Cinematic Universe. One of the few major references to the Marvel Cinematic Universe, however, took place in the third episode of the series when Beto, the son of Jessica’s superintendent (who is trying to kick Jessica out of the building) asks her if she knows Captain America.
She says no and he notes that his Cap action figure lost his shield (just like the real Marvel Cinematic Universe), but he made him a new one out of a magnet. When Captain America first came back in the Silver Age, he was given a magnetic shield by Tony Stark (to explain how his shield always managed to return to him when he threw it). It did not last long.
8. SPIDEY TAKES A BIT OF A BEATING
In the aforementioned third episode of the series, there were two notable references to some of Spider-Man’s most famous character traits, but neither of them were particularly nice references. First off, we see a video that the Whizzer made (before he was killed) where he notes that he worries about his mental instability. He specifically says, “With great power comes great mental illness,” which is a twisted variation on Spider-Man’s most famous catch phrase.
Later in the episode, Trish’s boyfriend, Griffin, notes that he is worried about Trish (who was ostensibly missing at the time) because he had a bad feeling in his testicles. Jessica then mockingly referred to it as his “Scroty-Sense.” It’s a good thing that Spider-Man’s Spider-Sense has a better name. Otherwise, he wouldn’t be a very friendly neighborhood Spider-Man.
7. MASTER OF THE RING
As anyone who is a fan of the “Arrowverse” series of shows on the CW (Arrow, Flash, Legends of Tomorrow and Supergirl) knows, one of the easiest ways to work Easter Eggs into a given episode of the series is to just use names of actual characters from the comic books whenever you happen to need the name of a character, even if you don’t plan on using the character otherwise.
For example, if you meet a cop, just give him the name of an actual Marvel Comics cop. Jessica Jones really doesn’t do that, but there was one notable exception in the first episode when it makes a reference to a hypnotist named Maynard Tiboldt. That is the real name of the hypnotic Marvel villain known as the Ringmaster (he has his own Circus of Crime).
6. MACK ATTACK
The creator most associated with Jessica Jones is clearly writer Brian Michael Bendis, who wrote her in her first series, Alias, then her follow-up series, Pulse. He then wrote her as a supporting character in New Avengers before writing her again in her current series, Jessica Jones (which he just recently left, so Jessica Jones is about to get her fist new writer ever). However, there are also two artists associated with the character.
One is her co-creator, artist Michael Gaydos, who drew Alias and her current series, Jessica Jones. The other is David Mack, who has painted all the covers for Alias and Jessica Jones so far. So when Jessica’s new boyfriend/superintendent Oscar draws a painting of Jessica, it is actually a David Mack painting, which is, as always, stunning!
5. FIT FOR A FELINE
Throughout the series, Trish has been worried about being a liability of Jessica and just wanting to make herself stronger and more powerful in general. In this season, though, it has become an obsession and ultimately, Trish forces Karl Malus to give her superpowers. On the way to her procedure, though, she visits a veterinarian and picks up feline distemper vaccine.
This, of course, is a reference to Trish’s comic book superhero identity. The comic book Patsy Walker was also obsessed with becoming a superhero and she eventually got her wish when she was given a special super suit that had been used by the superhero known as the Cat until that hero was transformed into Tigra. So Patsy became Hellcat and she has been a superhero ever since.
4. HEY, LOOK, IT’S STAN LEE!
Oddly enough, while Stan Lee has certainly played a role in a number of Marvel’s projects over the years (like being the narrator on Spider-Man and His Amazing Friends), he did not do an outright cameo in a Marvel project until the TV movie, The Trial of the Incredible Hulk, where he played the jury foreman. Eleven years later, he made his first movie cameo in X-Men and he hasn’t looked back since.
Well, in the Netflix Universe, Stan Lee still makes cameos, but they are often on a photograph that is posted on the wall at the police precinct. In Jessica Jones Season 2, however, Stan’s “cameo” is instead on a photo on the side of a bus, advertising for a personal injury law firm.
3. WHO IS FORBUSH?
As we noted, Stan Lee’s cameos in the past on the Netflix shows have been in photographs at police stations. His name in those photographs have been Captain Forbush. In the above photograph on the side of the bus, he is advertising for a Forbush and Associates personal injury law firm. This, of course, begs the question — who the heck is Forbush?
Irving Forbush was the mascot of Marvel’s short-lived knockoff of Mad magazine called Snafu. He was the equivalent of Alfred E. Neumann for Mad magazine. A couple of years later, Marvel launched its superhero parody comic book series, Not Brand Echh, and Forbush was transformed into a superhero known as Forbush-Man! He has appeared in most of Marvel’s humor magazines in the decades since.
2. NINE LIVES FOR HELLCAT
Despite having the name Hellcat, Patsy Walker had no actual supernatural powers when she started out. She joined the Defenders, where she met fellow hell-themed superhero, Damion Hellstrom, also known as the Son of Satan. They got married. She then learned that her mother had sold her soul to the devil (like we said, the TV version of Patsy’s mom is somehow much cooler than the comic book one).
Eventually, her marriage to Damion drove her insane and she killed herself. She was brought back to life, now with some added supernatural powers. This is all to say that when a nurse says to her in the season finale that she “used up two of [her] nine lives,” then it is more than just a feline reference to her time as Hellcat!
1. PARENTAL FIGURES
Naturally, since most superheroes lose their parents when they are kids, Peter Parker was raised by his Uncle Ben and his Aunt May after his parents were killed (this being comic books, they later turned out to have died while serving as spies for S.H.I.E.L.D. because, well, why not?). Uncle Ben gave Peter Parker a lot of good advice over the years, the most important piece was “With great power comes great responsibility,” which Peter took to heart when he became Spider-Man.
In the case of Jessica Jones, though, she does not want to hear it when her mother, Alisa Jones, tries to drop that same piece of knowledge on her in the season finale. Alisa has been killing people all season, so it’s only natural that Jessica would be less than enthused about listening to her give her advice.
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