Thanksgiving may be just around the bend, but before we start bingeing on large quantities of delicious turkey, there's one other thing that deserves our undivided attention first. I'm, of course, referring to Netflix's latest Marvel series, Jessica Jones , which centers around a female superhero (played by Krysten Ritter) who uses her unique skills in order to save lives. What kind of skills, you may ask? She may not have a batmobile or possess the ability to shoot spiderwebs from her wrists, but believe me when I say that Jessica Jones' powers are still very much a force to be reckoned with.
For starters, she is insanely strong, and I’m not just talking about a can-beat-you-at-arm-wrestling level type of strength (though she certainly could do that if she really wanted to without even so much as breaking a sweat). What I'm referring to is much more impressive than that — like lifting up police cars and throwing huge, fully grown men across the room. So yeah, this is not a woman to be trifled with, especially if you have criminal intentions. And if you are stupid enough to go up against her, then be prepared to get a black eye (or much, much worse) in the process. But her super strength isn't the only thing that Jessica brings to the superhero table. In fact, it's just the tip of the iceberg.
You see, the reason Jessica even has these powers to begin with is all thanks to a car accident she was in with her family. Their vehicle crashed into a military convoy that was full of radioactive chemicals, which killed her parents and left Jessica in a coma for several months. When she awoke, Jessica discovered that her exposure to the radiation came with a few "super" side effects — one of which being the super strength. But the surprises didn't just end there. The experimental chemicals she came into contact with on the night of the car crash also made her more resistant to harm than an ordinary person. So while she can still definitely get hurt, or even killed, it takes a lot more to bring her down than the average human being and doesn't take her very long to recover from whatever injuries she suffers. (Kinda like how Buffy Summers could get severely beaten up by vampires and come out of the whole thing with only a few cuts and bruises.)
In the comics, Jessica also possessed the ability to fly, however, this particular power isn't as prominent as it once was due to disuse. (I guess flying is not just like riding a bike then.) And, just in case all of that isn't impressive enough, Jessica is less susceptible to mind control, though, that's mostly thanks to The X Men's Jean Grey, who wanted Jessica to be protected from getting brainwashed by Kilgrave for a second time. (The first time resulted in her almost killing Daredevil.)
And last, but certainly not least, there's also her non-superpower related capabilities to consider. Aside from everything else, Jessica is also a highly skilled detective and and expert in hand-to-hand combat, which can be just as badass as any of her other talents. Sure, it might not be the stuff comic stories are normally built off of, but when you combine these skills with all of her other talents, she proves to be pretty unstoppable. Those big bads — much like her alarm clock — won't know what hit them.
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