We at MCU Exchange are happy to continue our long-standing collaborative relationship with the gang at That Hashtag Show by working together to bring you an exclusive first look at character breakdowns from a recent casting call for the second season of Marvel’s Jessica Jones. Filming has just recently begun with Wil Traval joining Krysten Ritter in New York City. Additionally, Oscar-nominated actress Jessica McTeer was just added in what’s being described as a key, but unnamed role. While we expect Rachael Taylor, Eka Darville and likely a few others from season one to return, we are here to give you the scoop on some new characters set to appear when Season 2 airs sometime in 2018, along with some speculation on who these characters might turn out to be.
Marvel Television generally uses codenames in character breakdowns that begin with the same letter as the actual name of the character. In the past, we’ve used this, and other clues, to analyze character breakdowns for Iron Fist, Inhumans, and The Punisher. But in the case of Jessica Jones, it’s proving to be bit more challenging. Unlike so many of Marvel’s characters, there’s simply not an extensive catalog of supporting characters for Jessica Jones, and a good deal of the ones that do exist have already been introduced. With this being the case, we did some digging and picked some characters that fit the descriptions who would fit nicely in the street-level world of the Netflix shows. Below, you’ll find the breakdowns followed by our best guesses for who each character might be. While it’s entirely possible that any or all of these are original characters created specifically for the show, we’re still giving our best guess for who their comic-book counterpart is:
[DR. KIRBY] 60s, male, open ethnicity, scientist & freethinker SERIES REGULAR – ONE YEAR DEAL
[PRESLEY] Late 30s, Male, African American, intelligent, driven, self-assured FRACTIONAL SERIES REGULAR
[OLIVER] 34-38, male, Latino, artistic, paternal, smart, scruffy and hip SERIES REGULAR
[INGRID] Early-mid 30s, 5’8 – 5’11, female, dark hair, attractive and edgy, has a history of living on the streets. Educated as a nurse, but street-wise. She is attracted to men and women…SERIES REGULAR
Our best guesses:
“Dr. Kirby” – Dr. Karl Malus
One of the major plot points left unresolved at the end of season one was the mystery surrounding IGH, the group likely responsible for Jessica’s powers, possibly responsible for Kilgrave’s, and most definitely responsible for Will Simpson’s transformation into Nuke. IGH, as a group, seems very intent replicating the effects of the Super Soldier serum with their Combat Enhancers, and very interested in enhanced individuals in general.
With that in mind, Dr. Karl Malus is a perfect fit to be a lead doctor at IGH. In the comics, Malus founded the “Institute for Supernormality Research” and was known as a gifted manipulator of human genetics. Malus’s work was responsible for giving powers to some of Marvel’s most obscure street-level villains (somehow even more obscure than Gladiator and Stilt-Man), and he totally fits the “freethinker” mold. IGH seems a likely substitute for the ISR, and the inclusion of Malus could open up an entirely new corner of the Marvel Universe should they include any of his more supernatural subjects. This is a guy that we are entirely unlikely to see in any other venue, so he presents as a very good fit for Dr. Kirby.
“Presley” – Paul Denning, A.K.A. Paladin
Debuting in Daredevil #150, Paladin is a character destined to end up in this corner of the MCU, and his inclusion has only ever been a question of when and where. A mysterious P.I. for hire, Paladin is a womanizing merc with a very strange code of honor that sometimes prevents him from finishing his job. The self-assured Paladin has appeared all over the Marvel Universe, but his exploits with the core group of Defenders make him a very likely suspect for the role of “Presley.”
“Oliver” – Otis Johnson
We really like Otis Johnson. Danger is his middle name. No, seriously, the guy is named Otis Danger Johnson II. So we love Otis, but admittedly this one is a bit of a stretch. We like him as a possibility because of his connections to Colleen Wing and Misty Knight, two very important characters in this world, and because of the “chemical accident” that gave him his powers. As we’ve said, we’re leaning towards Season 2 having a heavy dose of IGH, and it wouldn’t take much to change the origins of Johnson’s powers. Otis basically has the same powers as Luke Cage in the comics, but he hardly has the imposing stature or physical prowess. He’d make an interesting addition to the roster, and could continue on in other shows down the line.
Ingrid – Ian Soo
We have to be honest here. We did a lot of thinking about “Ingrid” and we just couldn’t find much in the way of a great match. For the sake of this exercise, we’ve chosen a character that might work, but we also think it’s possible that “Ingrid” could be an original character written for the show. In the recent run of Patsy Walker, A.K.A. Hellcat!, a bisexual character named Ian Soo was introduced. Soo gained powers of telekinesis from the Terrigen Cloud that was spreading around Earth, but that story could easily be altered. After getting kicked out of his apartment by his controlling girlfriend, Ian briefly turns to a life of crime before being stopped by Hellcat, who takes him in as her new roommate. So a gender-swapped Ian Soo could appear as Trish’s new roommate, and he does match the “attracted to men and women” and “has a history of living on the streets” clues, but it’s a long shot.
We do have another potential option for “Ingrid”, however, that we like much more. And we think you will too…
Ingrid – Typhoid Mary
And you might say, “You’re crazy! How could ‘Ingird’ be Mary?” The answer is pretty easy. In this Netflix corner of the Marvel Universe, Nuke is “Will Simpson” instead of “Frank Simpson” and Kilgrave is “Kevin Thompson” instead of “Zebediah Killgrave.” Both characters retained their essential character traits, and we could easily be headed down that road again with “Ingrid.” Typhoid Mary is a character that we all believe must be a part of these Netflix series, and we have long believed she’d be a perfect antagonist for the second season of Jessica Jones. An IGH-powered Mary could wreak havoc on the show the likes of which we haven’t really seen yet. Mary’s immense power set would be a suitable step up from Kilgrave’s and be a real threat for Jessica and friends.
There it is readers! A handful of new characters for the second season of Jessica Jones! How do you feel about the possibilities? We’d love to hear some alternate suggestions from you guys! Thank you to our great friends at That Hashtag Show for working together with us on this. Check out their video above and make sure to follow them on Twitter and Youtube!