The canceled AKA Jessica Jones series would have had a major impact on the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) as it would have introduced Captain Marvel in a significant role. The series, which was planned before the Netflix adaptation of Jessica Jones, would have featured Carol Danvers as Jessica’s best friend and Luke Cage as her romantic interest. This would have changed the course of the MCU, particularly the Infinity Saga’s finale and the Avengers’ battle against Thanos.
MCU TV Show Cancellation
Before the expansion of the MCU through Disney+, Marvel Studios primarily focused on making movies, with 23 films released in Phases 1-3. However, with the introduction of Disney+, the MCU has been able to explore new avenues with TV series, animation, and Special Presentations. Prior to this, Marvel’s deal with Netflix resulted in multiple shows loosely related to the MCU, including Jessica Jones.
In 2010, years before the Netflix show, there was a planned ABC series titled AKA Jessica Jones. This series would have featured Captain Marvel in a major role, which would have drastically changed the MCU. Marvel Television chief Jeph Loeb revealed at a San Diego Comic-Con in 2011 that both Carol Danvers and Luke Cage would be part of the series. Given their comic book connections to Jessica, their inclusion would have made sense.
However, the canceled AKA Jessica Jones series would have rewritten MCU history. Carol Danvers only made her debut in the MCU in 2019, in the standalone Captain Marvel film. If she had been part of AKA Jessica Jones, it is likely that she would not have been active during the Avengers’ battle against Thanos. This would have required significant changes to the Infinity Saga’s finale, as Captain Marvel’s immense power and connection to Nick Fury were important assets to the Avengers.
AKA Jessica Jones, which was being developed by Netflix Jessica Jones showrunner Melissa Rosenberg, would have closely followed the Alias comic book series by Brian Michael Bendis. The series would have focused on Jessica rebuilding her life as a private detective in New York City, similar to the Netflix adaptation. The major change would have been giving Captain Marvel’s role to Patsy Walker, also known as Hellcat.
Overall, the canceled AKA Jessica Jones series would have had a major impact on the MCU by introducing Captain Marvel in a significant role. However, in the end, things worked out well for Carol Danvers’ MCU journey, as she eventually got her standalone film that grossed over $1 billion worldwide.