This time he will be stepping away from the usual heroic roles and moving into totally new territory. He will be playing the role of Zebediah Killgrave, a slimy criminal mastermind that some of us may know from Daredevil comics.
Dr. Zebediah Killgrave was a Yugoslavian physician that became an international spy. One of his missions sent him to a chemical refinery where he encountered a chemical that turned his hair and skin purple, it also had the interesting side effect that his body now emitted a pheromone that allowed him to verbally control others. Since then, he’s been a pretty sleazy character using his powers on unsuspecting men and women. He first appeared in Daredevil #4 in 1964 and several reappearances in various comics since then.
Now the character is primarily focused on Luke Cage and his girlfriend Jessica Jones. Killgrave is a villain from Jessica’s past and according to Netflix his reappearance will “send shockwaves through the former superhero’s world.”
I’m not sure how far they will actually go into the storyline, but the appearance of Killgrave pretty much takes this show off of the family viewing list. At one point Zebediah Killgrave had Jessica Jones under his control for eight months and, as you can imagine, did all sorts of nasty things with her.
It will be interesting to see how Tenant carries off this evil slimeball.