In the Alias comic book series that introduced Jessica Jones, Carol Danvers aka Ms. Marvel aka Captain Marvel was Jessica’s best friend. While the upcoming Captain Marvel movie may prevent Carol from appearing in Marvel’s “AKA Jessica Jones,” another Avenger may be filling that void.
Marvel and Netflix have jointly announced that Rachael Taylor will portray Patsy Walker in “AKA Jessica Jones.” On the show, Patsy will be known as “Trish” Walker, a syndicated radio talk show host, former model and child TV star who is the best friend of Jessica Jones (Krysten Ritter). According to her character description, Trish helps “[Jessica] embark on the most dangerous case of [her] career” as a private detective.
Patsy Walker was created by Ruth Atkinson in 1944 when she appeared in Miss America Magazine # 2. In 1976, Steve Englehart and George Perez reintroduced Patsy as a supporting cast member of The Avengers while giving her the costumed persona as Hellcat.
Prior to joining “AKA Jessica Jones,” Taylor appeared in the low budget adaptation of Marvel’s Man-Thing. But she is best known for appearing on several ABC dramas, including “Grey’s Anatomy,” “666 Park Avenue” and as one of the leads in the “Charlie’s Angels” reboot.
“AKA Jessica Jones” is expected to film later this year. Netflix has not yet announced a premiere date for the series.