Of all the series based on Marvel properties to have hit the small screen in recent years, the first season of Netflix’s “Jessica Jones” remains the most critically acclaimed with an 81/100 on Metacritic – beating out the likes of the first seasons of “Daredevil” (75) and “Agent Carter” (72).
Fans have been wondering what the status of a second season is, and showrunner Melissa Rosenberg tells IGN that they haven’t decided yet as the events of the upcoming “The Defenders” mini-series and the other Marvel Netflix shows like “Luke Cage” are still likely to have an impact on where Jessica’s story goes next:
“What’s nice for us over on our side of the hall, is if we think – we’re still shaping what we want to do, but we’re like, maybe we can set them up over in ‘The Defenders,’ let’s go talk to [‘Defenders’ showrunners] Doug [Petrie] and Marco [Ramirez], and we’re like, ‘Hey, what do you think about this?’… [W]e can really get into some very interesting aspects of their characters and where they’re from, where they’re going, all these things. I’m super excited about that.”
Petrie himself talked about their collaboration together:
“Mel has had some really helpful thoughts. Mel has been f–king wonderful because she’s in this position of being a fellow artist and letting us do what we do, but at the same time loving her character and being protective of her character and wanting us to get it right and wanting to guide us and help up, but also let us be free. And she was walked that tight-rope so beautifully”
One thing the Marvel Netflix shows have done better than the films to date has been villains – first Vincent D’Onofrio’s Kingpin in “Daredevil” and then David Tennant’s Kilgrave in ‘Jessica’ were superbly realised. While Kingpin is still alive, Kilgrave’s death in the first season finale of “Jessica Jones” is very much it for him. Rosenberg says:
“We’ll never create that again. That is one of the great iconic characters played by a profoundly talented actor. The objective is not to match that, not to try to do that again.”
No word as yet on when the second season of “Jessica Jones” will begin production.