Fans of Jessica Jones from her Marvel Comics appearances know that she made a number of super-powered best friends during her stint as a minor superhero. Among those friends is Carol Danvers, the superhero Avenger now known as Captain Marvel. Considering the pair's close relationship in the comics, "Jessica Jones" showrunner Melissa Rosenberg revealed to IGN that she originally planned to include the character in the TV adaptation when the project was first developed.
"Back when it was at ABC Network, I did use Carol Danvers," said Rosenberg. "But between then and when it ended up on Netflix, you know, the MCU shifted, and it also shifted away from the universe in the [comic] book. So in the book, the powers are very out in the open and the themes of that are about 'the other,' and in the cinematic universe that's not the mythology. So there was a lot that I had to move away from, just in terms of sheer plot, and Carol Danvers got her own movie."
Rosenberg's history with "Jessica Jones" goes all the way back to 2010, and the show was rumored to end up on ABC's fall 2012 schedule. But things were not meant to be between ABC, Jessica and Carol; Jessica Jones now has a series on Netflix as part of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, and Carol Danvers will be joining her in the MCU when "Captain Marvel" arrives on the big screen in March 2019.
But having someone to commiserate with was integral to Jess' character and her arc, so Melissa Rosenberg added Patricia "Trish" Walker (Rachael Taylor) to the series -- a character also known in the comics by her superhero name Hellcat. Rosenberg said this pairing was more appropriate for Jessica Jones' TV adventure, saying, "It was better that her best friend was not someone with powers. It actually ends up being a really great mirror for her."
Starring Krysten Ritter, David Tennant, Mike Colter, Carrie-Anne Moss and Rachael Taylor, all 13 episodes of "Jessica Jones" are now streaming on Netflix.