Now that you’ve probably finished binge watching Marvel’s “A.K.A Jessica Jones”, you’re within your rights to be bowled over by David Tennants amazing rendition of the mind controlling psychopath: Kilgrave. Since Marvel’s gritty TV reboots take a lot of liberties with their characters, are you wondering how the Purple-Man in the comics differs from the gritty Kilgrave on TV? Worry not, here is a helpful guide to all you need to know.
(WARNING: If you have wondered here without actually seeing “Jessica Jones”, spoilers abound, and I personally would not read any further, without bingeing the whole thing.
Done? Good, let’s move on.)
First off, the comic book Kilgrave is not called ‘Purple-Man’ for nothing: he is actually purple. Marvel comics is not known for its subtlety, and when Zebediah Kilgrave was doused with the chemical that gave him his brainwash powers, his skin also turned purple. Of course we should be thankful that the showrunners had enough sense to turn translate this to screen
That’s another difference right there: Kilgrave is not an assumed name in comics, he was born with it. Unlike in the show, where his real name is (sadly): Kevin. Also the powers that he has are a result of a viral therapy from his parents, not the old vat of acid that explains most superpowers.
The show also changes his relationship with Jessica Jones’, but subtly. In the comics, Kilgrave controls Jessica for months, before sending her out to kill ol’ blind Daredevil. On screen, she kills Luke Cage’s wife. We kind of regret this not making it to the show, at it would have tied nicely with the other Marvel-Netflix property: “Daredevil” (but hey, we got a pretty amazing show anyway).
Also in the comics, after the traumatic incidents, Jones’ gets a mental block from our favorite red-headed telepath: Jean Grey, that allows Kilgrave to never control her again.
Stay tuned for more “Jessica Jones” and more Kilgrave.
Photo Source: Marvel Wiki/Kilgrave