Important Spoilers to come for season 1 of Jessica Jones.
The horror and the superhero approach the world in opposite directions. The horror is designed to make the audience feel helpless and terrified. Superhero stories, on the other hand, allow viewers to feel invested and triumphant. Both genres often seek to give the public the same thing – a great and satisfying burst of catharsis – but in different ways and for different reasons.
But at the same time, genres are drawn freely from each other. To reinforce the feeling of empowerment, the superhero genre often uses elements of horror. In the recent movie Shazam!, the hero is threatened by sweaty and imposing nightmare monsters, and his victory is sweeter because he is terrified at first by what he has to defeat. Horror, at the other end, often includes a final victorious and empowering reversal. An old Laurie Strode (Jamie Lee Curtis) in 2018 Halloween remake survives a seemingly fatal fall and returns to brutalize the villain, Michael Myers. She might as well be the Punisher, taking a brutal beating and coming back for more. Empowerment and powerlessness in these stories are not opposites: they are complementary. Kinds of superheroes and horror combine, creating a single monstrous or heroic amalgam.
From Netflix Jessica Jones The television series were particularly fascinating with the demarcation line between superheroes and horror. The main character of the series (played by Krysten Ritter) is theoretically a superhero. She has great strength and can do super jumps. But she is not it strong; she can break locks, not tear up buildings. It's hard for the bad guys to threaten Superman convincingly – it requires heavy special effects or obvious fixes like intrigue like Kryptonite. But threatening Jessica is easy: she is not much harder to hurt than an ordinary person. In the last season of the series, she is injured and her spleen was extracted surgically, which is a first in a history of superheroes. Jessica is an empowered person who is always trying to lose her power.
Jessica Jones& # 39; Initial season has brilliantly exploited the tension between tropes of horror and superhero stories by confronting it with a terribly powerful antagonist. Kilgrave (David Tennant) can control the spirits – whatever he says, people do it. Jessica has been under his influence for years, but has finally developed an immunity to his power. But everyone around her is likely. Kilgrave can handle Jessica's friends and lovers, her neighbors, the police, even random passers-by on the streets.
Jessica Jones"The first season is essentially a long slasher movie. The almost omnipotent Kilgrave follows Jessica through 13 episodes, orchestrating elaborate nightmare scenarios and murdering whenever the whim hits him. Around Jessica, the girls smile while they kill their parents and the friends immolate themselves by the fire. The show is even more viscerally disturbing than most horror movies because the feeling of helplessness is so absolute. Like in horror movies like The Last house on the left and I spit on your graveThis feeling of futility is explicitly linked to sexual violence. Kilgrave has already raped Jessica, and the threat that looms so recently weighs on the series. As a spouse or abusive parent, Kilgrave controls the entire world. There is no way out.
And that makes Jessica's triumph all the more satisfying and stimulating. Like Ripley in Alienor Laurie in Halloween, or many other Final Girls before her, Jessica pulls victory to defeat, facing the infallible and becoming undefeated herself. His final confrontation with Kilgrave is a perfect synthesis of the empowerment / desempowerment dynamic that links horror stories and superheroes. She seems to be completely defeated, losing herself and her soul. The threat of gender-based violence is obvious. And then she suddenly has the power, and her enemy no. The series has repeatedly asked if heroes could kill villains, but it is obvious that Jessica must kill Kilgrave. It's a superhero, but he put it in a slasher story.
After Jessica Jones"Brilliant first season – without a doubt the best season of all Netflix Marvel shows – show star Melissa Rosenberg has struggled to find a way to reconcile her horror and superhero trends. The second season used a Frankensteintype-type story, with Jessica's mother, Alisa (Janet McTeer) gaining incredible strength far superior to Jessica's after medical experiments. These same experiences leave Alisa unable to control her anger. The story unfolds like a kind of tragic horror melodrama (again, Frankenstein– like), with Jessica powerless to prevent her mother from destroying herself and destroying others.
Season 3 is back to the story of the beginning of the series. The main villain is an ultra-smart serial killer named Hannibal Lecter, named Salinger (Jeremy Bobb). He does not surpass Jessica much like Kilgrave, so the horror aspects do not stand out as clearly. Rather than running for her life, Jessica spends most of her time trying to find a way to get evidence for the police. Justice by the book is sometimes a concern of superhero shows, but it's not something that slashers usually worry about a lot.
Yet, as Samantha Nelson points out penis report of season 3the confusion of genres raises interesting questions about heroism and, less explicitly, about horror. Salinger constantly makes fun of Jessica for "cheating" by giving her super powers a chance, rather than winning them. But Salinger did not work for his brain either. Empowerment is not really about fairness in the stories of superheroes or horror. It's a race, not a deserved achievement.
And to intensify this race, to bring home the feeling of power, it is necessary that someone else is devoid of power. Horror stories and superheroes require unfairness and imbalance. In superhero stories and horror stories, there are strong people and weak people. The main difference between genres is the group to which viewers are supposed to identify. Salinger's resentment toward Jessica in Season 3 echoes the reactionary bitterness of white men's right: he is angry because he felt powerful, and I found it unjust the fact that someone else – a woman he would otherwise feel superior to – has more power than him, without the "winning" in a way that I approve. But he's also angry because it's a nasty horror that's found in a superhero story. He sees himself in control until the accursed superheroes get in the way.
Jessica Jones, on the other hand, often feels like a wandering superhero in a narrative horror. She tries to fight for truth and justice, but like the powers of most people, hers are limited. She is cynical, moody and often drunk because she's trying to become a hero in a world that has her teeth deeper buried in a different kind. The series should be the last canceled series of Marvel Netflix to be canceled. Jessica is a horrified family superhero to know that sometimes empowerment is just the last girl to stay.