Almost at the end of the characters introduced in Jessica Jones. Today let’s see the protagonist’s little brother, Phillip Jones, who appeared along the rest of the family in the flashback in AKA WWJD?. Phillip appears in the show as the typical pesty little brother, continuously fighting with his big sister over pretty much everything, albeit he seems to be the one Jessica misses the most after his death. Portrayed by Billy McFadden, he (obviously) only appears in flashbacks and dream sequences, and doesn’t have much of a role…and, in the comics, this doesn’t differ at all, and there’re just a couple of things more that we know about him and his (short) life. Let’s see together.
First of all, the boy’s name wasn’t Phillip Jones, but Phillip Campbell. He was born in New York City, in the Forrest Hills neighborhood, from Dave Campbell and his wife. Phillip had an older sister, Jessica, whom he simply adored…problem was that, as it often happens, the feeling wasn’t exactly reciprocated, being the girl in her teenage years just when Phillip was still an elementary school kid. The difference of age also (and especially) showed in different phases of life the two of them were facing, and while Phillip only wanted to play and have fun, Jessica was quite in the abrasive and/or depressive mood all the time, and she had different kind of “fun” in mind than her brother’s… Once, Phillip rushed into Jessica’s room, looking for a toy he had lost, and he interrupted his big sister while she was masturbating on her pictures of Johnny Storm. The boy’s sudden appearance, as well as all the embarassment and the shame it caused, gave birth to yet another fight between the two. That was the typical life in Campbells’ house, a normal life for a normal family, with all the ups and downs of a (not so) calm everyday existence.
The best day in Phillip’s young life was most likely when his father Dave came back home telling everybody that his boss, Tony Stark, had given him free tickets for Disneyworld for the entire family, as a reward trip for his hard work. Phillip simply couldn’t wait for it, and anticipated every single minute of the vacation…while Jessica reacted in her usual, apathetic way, avoiding to show anything even slightly similar to enthusiasm, and mocking her “childish” brother for doing so…not that Phillip cared anything about it. The day finally arrived, and the four Campbells left early in the morning for what would have been a long car trip (it would have, if it didn’t end so soon). On the backseat together with Jessica, Phillip did what he usually did: he tried to obtain his sister’s attention and to play with her, something that Jess didn’t like at all. She answered badly to the brother’s requests, and the two started fighting again. Their mother tried to calm them down, but it was all wasted energy, and when Dave intervened, the quarrel had already become a family business. Even mom and dad started arguing one with the other, until Dave got so distracted that he lost control of his car, crashing against a military truck passing nearby. The truck was transporting experimental chemicals, that affected Jessica’s body, but the accident proved to be fatal for everyone else, especially when the already demolished car ended up on its roof and took fire. Little Phillip died in the crash along with his parents, leaving only Jessica as the last surviving member of the family.
Phillip is a perfectly normal kid, a lively boy who only wants to play and have fun. He has quite a troublesome relationship with his older sister, Jessica, who he genuinely likes, but who’s unresponsive to his affection and to his attempts to play with her, so that the two of them end up fighting most of the times. Young and dynamic, Phillip is just as curious, pesty and annoying as any boy his age usually is.