Although Marvel Studios has made a name for itself over the years, it wasn’t really until Daredevil hit Netflix earlier this year that Marvel Television began to receive the same amount of attention. While the response to ABC’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. has proven to be mixed over the years (even though its one of the best comic book shows on prime-time), Daredevil proved to have more of a positive response from both critics and fans, leaving many eagerly awaiting the launch of Marvel’s second title on the streaming service – Jessica Jones.
Unlike with Daredevil, Marvel took their time with promoting it, choosing to release the first trailer for the series less than a month before release and after a series of short video teasers lacking any actual footage from the series. It was an odd move, but something ultimately paid off as curiosity over Jessica Jones continued to grow leading up to the show’s launch on November 20th. Also unlike Daredevil? The reviews for Jessica Jones were beyond positive, touting it as the best thing Marvel has ever done.
With nearly two weeks having passed since the launch of the series on Netflix, Variety was able to chat with showrunner Melissa Rosenberg and star Krysten Ritter on how they feel about the abundance of praise, as well as a possible second season.
For many fans, when it was announced back in December of 2014 that Ritter had landed the role of Jessica Jones, it came as a surprise, especially given she was mainly known for her comedic work. But within ten minutes of the first episode, Ritter managed to showcase that she was the perfect choice for the role, having perfectly embodied the character. So what was it like for Ritter to land a role like Jones? “A dream come true.”
“I’m really thrilled, because I felt going in that this show had so much potential,” star Krysten Ritter told Variety. “It’s also kind of scary because it’s such a departure for Marvel. You’re kind of like on edge waiting to see what the response is. So the fact that people are responding so positively is a dream come true.”
She also went on to note just how special Jessica Jones is not only for Marvel, but also for television in general. It’s unlike anything on television, with a cast predominately made up of women, and a dark subject matter that’s handled with just the right amount of caution.
“I don’t take it for granted that shows like this don’t come around very often,” added Ritter, who was joined at the celebration by fellow cast members including Rachael Taylor, Carrie-Anne Moss, Erin Moriarty, Eka Darville and Wil Traval, as well as Marvel Studios Head of Television Jeph Loeb. “Roles like this don’t come around very often. Then audience-wise, getting your peers watching it, the industry watching it, and your family watching it, and a big audience – it kind of feels like a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity, so I’m just trying to enjoy it.”
And Ritter isn’t alone in noting just how special Jessica Jones is as showrunner Melissa Rosenberg, who has been trying to bring Jessica Jones to life since 2010, has been dreaming of a project like Jessica Jones for quite some time.
“I had spent my entire career dying to find a character like this to write for,” admitted Rosenberg, who copped to texting with Ritter over the first few days of the debut excitedly exchanging the positive feedback they were seeing. “Having been in this business a long time, I know what it is to put your heart and soul into something and not have a response – or have a bad response – so it just makes you really appreciate it. And this really unusual. We’ve worked our asses off on this thing, so it’s incredibly gratifying.”
Of course, excited as we all are over just how great Jessica Jones is, the one thing were all wanting to know is if there will be a second season. It was eleven days after Daredevil‘s launch that Netflix announced a second season, and we’re now nearing two weeks for Jessica Jones. While we await an announcement, it’s hard not to think one will definitely be coming soon, especially given the response from both fans & critics. So what do Ritter & Rosenberg think about a second season? They’re ready to go, and have an idea of what they’d love to see should it happen.
“I’d love that. Me, personally – I’m ready to go,” Rosenberg said “Marvel has a lot going on. So does Netflix. So I don’t know if a second season fits into this schedule, when, whether or not we’ll get one. I don’t know any of that. I personally, I’m ready to jump in now. I’ve had some time off. I needed some time off! It was a really hard run.” Consistently generous in her praise for Jones’ comic book creator Brian Michael Bendis, she says there are a number of juicy comics storylines to adapt. “We’re always mining that series as much as we can. It’s just great story telling. So we’re not idiots, we’re not going to ignore great story telling. Grab it, use it, and claim it – then call it ‘an homage,’” she laughed.
Ritter is certainly eager to spend more time in Jones’ anti-stylish boots and tying up some of season one’s loose ends. “I had such mixed emotions about the ending, because what does that mean for Jessica’s journey or her purpose? So I think I would love to see what she gets into next. And I love doing stunts – like, fight sequences and things like that. They always say in second seasons they really amp those up!”
You can stream the entire first season of Jessica Jones on Netflix now.