13 Jessica Jones Season 3 Easter Eggs And References You Might Have Missed
Jessica Jones Season 3 spoilers ahead!
Jessica Jones Season 3 is the final series produced as part of Netflix and Marvel's partnership that saw characters like the Alias Investigations detective, the blind lawyer Daredevil, the murderous ex-soldier Punisher, the bulletproof Luke Cage, and the annoying brat Iron Fist together on the small screen. This is it, folks!
The good news is that Jessica Jones Season 3 is a great send-off for a universe of shows that, admittedly, went through plenty of ups and downs. Jessica Jones' final season is a high note to end on.
It's also full of Easter eggs and references. We've watched all of Jessica Jones Season 3's 13 episodes, so let us know if we missed anything.
1. "Captain America would never have done this"
Originally, the Marvel shows on Netflix connected directly with the MCU, albeit in subtle and usually inconsequential ways. Over the years, they mostly dropped that act, since the MCU movies rarely made references back to the Netflix shows (if ever). This line in Jessica Jones Season 3's first episode is one of those rare references back to the films.
2. "Subject to oversight"
Here's another one: The line about "trade heroics who are committed to the rule of law and subject to oversight" in Episode 2 could be interpreted as a reference to the Sokovia Accords, the MCU initiative that caused the Civil War among the Avengers.
3. Costume changes
Trish goes through a variety of outfit changes while working on her superhero persona, including one that looks a lot like her goofy yellow comics costume. She spends much of the rest of the season in a yellow t-shirt as a little wink.
4. Cat glasses
Along with her yellow shirt, Trish's cat-eye glasses frames are another nod to her comics superhero origin.
5. "Tell me she's got Rand on the phone"
When Hogarth's firm goes through the fallout of her actions around the season's halfway mark in Episode 6, she loses the business of Rand Enterprises, the company headed by Danny Rand, AKA Iron Fist.
6. "The internet is gaga over cats"
There's another Hellcat nod in Episode 8, when Dorothy discusses Trish's superhero brand: "It should have a theme. Something relatable, like cats. The internet is gaga over cats!"
He isn't referred to by this name in the actual show, but the villain Gregory Salinger is an incarnation of the comics villain Foolkiller. Salinger is a serial killer with an intellectual superiority complex, which is similar to, but not exactly the same as, his comics origin.
8. The Raft
In Episode 9, when Jessica is talking to Salinger in the hospital, he references The Raft--the prison for "enhanced individuals" from Captain America: Civil War. This isn't the first time the show has mentioned the location--it was referenced in Season 2 as well.
In Episode 10, when Jessica is going through her things trying to find something for Dorothy's "memory board," she sorts through concert tickets for Nine Inch Nails and Jane's Addiction shows. Jessica was apparently a pretty rad teenager.
When Dorothy tells young Trish to "star sixty-nine" the TV producers in the flashback about Trish's audition, it's not an innuendo--although if you grew up in the era of smartphones, you might think it's a pretty weird line for a mother to say to her daughter. Back in the olden days of landlines, if you wanted to call back the person who just called you, you could dial *69 and be connected with them without having to dial their number.
11. "ABC knows a hit when they see it"
This line from the TV producer behind "It's Patsy" references the real world network ABC--the network owned by Disney, which also owns Marvel.
12. "New line of work"
Luke Cage makes an appearance in Jessica Jones Season 3's final episode. When Jessica compliments his new clothes, he responds that he's in a "new line of work." This is a reference to the last season of Luke Cage, in which the Hero for Hire took ownership of the Harlem's Paradise club.
13. Kilgrave returns?
The voice that Jessica hears in the show's final scene is none other than David Tenant's--AKA the Season 1 villain Kilgrave. "Jessica, you're right to give in. Give up! It's someone else's problem now." Those imagined (they are imagined, right?) words seem enough to jolt her back to life, although considering this is the end, we're unlikely to ever find out what happens next.
As an added bonus, the purple light that briefly hits her face in this scene is a reference to Kilgrave's comics identity, "Purple Man."