Back in February, Marvel announced that Wil Traval (Red Widow) had joined the cast of Netflix's Jessica Jones television series. They didn't reveal the name of his character, but they did he was playing "an NYPD cop who takes protect and serve very seriously." At New York Comic Con, Traval provided his character's last name and some helpful clues making it pretty apparent who he is playing.
"People may recognize him from the comics. His last name is 'Simpson,'" Traval told IGN. "He comes from that period of the '70s where they had post-Vietnam War, those psycho super-soldiers. That's his origin point, but we reinvented him for the television series."
Sounds like, Frank Simpson, also known as Nuke. Who dat?! Simpson, created by Frank Miller and David Mazzucchelli, was an American soldier that was given the Super Soldier Serum as the military was hoping to recreate Captain America/Stever Rogers. In addition to the serum, Simpson received cybernetic enhancements as well. He went off to go fight in the Vietnam War, but the stress of war took its toll on his mental state and he snapped. When the war was over, it wasn't for him, he just couldn't accept that. Adding to his insanity, he chose to get an American flag tattooed on his face.
Once he was stateside, he used his powers and military skill set to carry out black ops missions. Kingpin even hired him to take out Daredevil, but The Man Without Fear was up to the challenge.
Listen to Traval's comments in the video below.
Ever since her short-lived stint as a Super Hero ended in tragedy, Jessica Jones (Krysten Ritter) has been rebuilding her personal life and career as a hot-tempered, sardonic, badass private detective in Hell's Kitchen, New York City. Plagued by self-loathing, and a wicked case of PTSD, Jessica battles demons from within and without, using her extraordinary abilities as an unlikely champion for those in need... especially if they're willing to cut her a check.
Marvel's Jessica Jones will debut later this year on Netflix.