Defenders May Complicate “Jessica Jones” S2

Marvel’s second Netflix series “Jessica Jones” is continuing to score rave reviews all over and though the streaming service has yet to announce a second season renewal, it seems a forgone conclusion by this point. Showrunner Melissa Rosenberg recently sat down with The Live Feed to talk about several aspects of the first season along with the chances of another season.

In regards to a follow-up, Rosenberg says the big question is whether it can be done before Netflix’s proposed “The Defenders” mini-series which would see Jessica team-up with the other characters from the Marvel-Netflix universe:

“I hope so. There certainly is story-telling wise. The question becomes is there actual time? There are logistics involved, because Defenders has to shoot by a certain time, contractually. Actually, I’m not sure; I’m not at all involved in those conversations, much to my dismay.

The first question is whether or not we will even get a second season. The second question is, if so, when? Will it be before The Defenders or after? I’d certainly love it to be before but there are things that play into that – time, availability.”

Asked about her level of control over the character and whether she’d be involved with “The Defenders”, she says:

“I’m a complete control freak when it comes to this character. I will do everything in my power to protect the character in whatever forms. They’ll have to throw me kicking and screaming out of that building. But they own the property. They’ve really been inclusive thus far so I’m not really worried about it.”

Much of the first season is one big metaphor for survivors of sexual assault. With the villain Kilgrave someone who uses mind control over others to commit acts that violate them in countless ways, Rosenberg says she was very careful in the way the series treated the topic of rape and how this series tries to handle it in a way that’s so different to many cable dramas these days:

“We’re very conscious to treat that aspect of the story with sensitivity and responsibility. For me, if I never see an actual rape on a screen again it’ll be too soon. It’s becoming ubiquitous, it’s become lazy storytelling and it’s always about the impact it has on the men around them. It’s like, “Oh his wife was raped and murdered so he’s going to go out and destroy the world.” That’s so often what it’s about, just this kind of de rigueur storytelling to spice up often male character.

It’s damaging. It’s just hideous messaging, and so coming into this, the events have already happened and this is really about the impact of rape on a person and about healing, survival, trauma and facing demons. To me it’s much richer territory. If you turn on any television show or, for that matter, film these days, nine out of 10 of them seem to open with a naked, tied-up, dead woman with her undies around her ankles. I think I’ve been calling them the NTSDs, which stands for naked, tied-up, dead, I can’t remember. They’ve just become so ubiquitous, it’s like numbing the audience to what is a horrific violation.”

The first season of “Marvel’s Jessica Jones” is now available for streaming worldwide.