When the first season of Daredevil hit Netflix back in 2015, it opened up a brand new, much darker corner of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. The series received plenty of praise from both fans and critics alike and was followed by the highly praised first season of Jessica Jones. That series, led by the fantastic Krysten Ritter and showrun by Melissa Rosenberg, proved to be yet another success for the streaming service and was renewed for a second season.
Unfortunately for fans of Jessica Jones, however, the likelihood of seeing another season of the series prior to 2018 is unlikely as Netflix head Ted Sarandos himself has recently stated. While the wait for the second season of Jessica Jones will be a couple of years, however, we’ll at least get to see Ritter return as the character in next year’s The Defenders – the mini-series that’ll see all four of Netflix’s heroes team up together on screen for the first time. For Rosenberg, who is currently at work plotting the second season of Jessica Jones, which will go into production early next year, trying to make sure the two shows match-up in terms of Jessica’s arc has proven to be somewhat difficult. However, as she explains in an interview with Entertainment Weekly, Marco Ramirez and Doug Petrie, showrunners of Daredevil season two and The Defenders, have made it a point to work with her from the get-go.
Yes, for sure. My colleagues Marco Ramirez and Doug Petrie, who are doing Defenders, they’ve shared material. We’ve sat down for many conversations about what are they doing, what’s happening with Jessica? They want my input, they want all the different showrunners’ input on the characters that they’re most familiar with. Marvel was very smart in hiring those guys, because they’re really collaborative. They enjoy collaboration, which is not always the case, and they listen, and we listen to them. We’re really trying to find a way to respond to the things that they want to do, and them to respond to the things we want to do. So far so good. It’s working out. If they weren’t who they were as people, it could be very problematic. But they’re the absolutely right people to do this.
One of the best things about the first season of Jessica Jones was the relationship between Jessica and Trish Walker (Rachael Taylor). As the actresses had pointed while making the promo rounds for season one, their relationship isn’t one we’re used to seeing represented in film and television. They were two fully-developed, complex characters with their own arcs, and their sense of sisterhood was incredibly strong. And going into season two, it appears that Rosenberg will continue to explore their relationship even further, among other things.
I’m interested in continuing to explore the relationship between Trish and Jessica. That is the core relationship in the piece. It is about female friendship, it is about how friends evolve — they’re sisters, really — and it’s about how they evolve and ping off each other. I’m interested in relationships, whether they be romantic, or family, or friends, or professional — that’s what’s interesting to me, is Jessica in relationship to people.
Given everything that they went through in the first season, where does Rosenberg see their relationship going in the second season? It seems like we’ll see the second season explore Trish’s desire to be a hero, and how Jess comes to terms with her new found heroism.
They started off estranged in season 1, and then came together in the most profound way, where Jessica was willing to sacrifice herself for Trish. And Trish was becoming an equal partner in this relationship. There’s always this element between them of Trish has everything — beauty, grace, success and she’s educated — she has everything you could possibly want, except powers. Jessica has the powers. She’s very comfortable with those powers. One of the places that we’re never going is her going, “Oh, I don’t want to have powers anymore.” That’s Bewitched and I’m never going there. That’s our character. It’s an interesting dichotomy of them figuring out there’s an envy involved, there’s support, there’s compassion, there’s frustration. For Trish, it’s, “What I could do if I had your powers.” I don’t think Jess feels that as much. Jess doesn’t care about money or fame or any of that; she would never want any of it. But I think she would love to have the normalcy of her life in some way. Actually, what she envies most of Trish is her heart, I think, because Trish is such a giving, loving person, and is really about helping other people. Jessica just can’t quite get there. I think if she envies anything in Trish, it would be her generosity.
The first season of Jessica Jones is currently available to stream on Netflix, with the second season expected to hit sometime in 2017.
Source: Entertainment Weekly.