Big news for fans of Marvel and Doctor Who, as David Tennant takes the villain role in the Netflix series AKA Jessica Jones. Tennant plays Dr. Zebediah Killgrave, also known as the Purple Man due to the purple skin and hair he acquires in a chemical accident. Another result of the accident is that Killgrave secretes a pheromone that allows him to control the minds of others, a power which he uses freely and nefariously. In the comics, Killgrave is originally an adversary of Daredevil, but is also one of the main antagonists in Jessica Jones’s story. If you’re wondering how evil Killgrave is, in the comics he uses his mind control to marry a woman and impregnate her before she is able to come to her senses.
People who only know Tennant from Doctor Who may be given pause by the thought of the good Doctor playing such a vile character. A look at Tennant’s filmography, however, will confirm that he is no stranger to playing crazy, creepy bad guys. The most casually curious among you can look to his Barty Crouch Jr. in Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (2005). The more industrious should look into the TV movie Secret Smile (2005). I guarantee you will never look at David Tennant the same way again.
Tennant is, in fact, the third main actor from Doctor Who to be cast in a Marvel production as a villain – along with Ninth Doctor Christopher Eccleston who played Malekith in Thor: The Dark World (2013) and Eleventh Doctor companion Karen Gillan who played Nebula in Guardians of the Galaxy (2014). As is common knowledge among Hollywood casting directors, when it comes to casting blockbuster villains: British is best.
AKA Jessica Jones is one of four Marvel shows that will premiere on Netflix this year, including Daredevil, Luke Cage, and Iron Fist. In grand Marvel tradition, the shows are interconnected and will culminate in a fifth series called The Defenders, in which all four shows will come together. The series will premiere later this year after Daredevil, which is set to be released in April. In even better news, this female lead show actually has a female showrunner. While Melissa Rosenberg was head writer for Dexter 2006-2009, she also happened to have written the screenplays for the Twilight series. Take that mixed information how you will – its not like she was the one who created Twilight, after all.