When Marvel and Netflix first announced their new partnership that would bring us shows starring Daredevil, Jessica Jones, Luke Cage, and Iron Fist prior to them all teaming up to become what is known as The Defenders. We are already well on our way to seeing that become a reality with two seasons of Daredevil already being released with Charlie Cox starring, plus the first season of Jessica Jones which featured Kryten Ritter as the lead but also introduced us to Mike Colter as Luke Cage. His own series is set to debut in September and rumor has it, Finn Jones will make his debut as Iron Fist. The Iron Fist series is the only thing standing between us and The Defenders mini-series.
When the time comes, it will be interesting to see how all these heroes come together and work as a team. Season 2 of Daredevil dealt with Matt realizing he needs help protecting his city, but even though a second season of Jessica Jones has been ordered, we will not get to see Jessica make that adjustment before. Ritter recently spoke to the LA Times about season 1 of her show and the eventual team up, and she does not see the fit right now.
I’m really looking forward to it. I think Marvel is proving just over and over again that the quality is so high. I mean, I don’t know how Jessica fits into that world. I think we kind of all feel that way. Like, how do we all get together? How does that work? But I’m excited to see what they come up with.
There is no doubt in my mind that the writers will make her decision to join the team make sense for the character and that it will play directly into season 2 of the show as well. Ritter will be playing Jessica non-stop later this year with Defenders and season 2 possibly filming back to back, and this looks to be only the beginning of the road. She understands this and realizes how much this one role has changed her life.
The whole thing is just more than I could have ever imagined. Getting this part completely changed my life. It changed where I live and it changed the amount of promotion, the shooting. It’s changed everything.
The first season focused plenty on Jessica’s backstory, with there still being areas that could be explored moving forward. For Ritter, developing this backstory and basically living it out in her real life made the character even more special to play. It helped her tremendously to experience pieces of Jessica’s life in her own so that she could further understand the mentality that she would have. It was also nice to have Melissa Rosenberg and S.J. Clarkson around to help build Jessica.
That’s the exciting part for an actor. So getting a character with this incredibly rich back story — everything she does is informed by this back story — is really exciting, because I always knew where I was coming from. But it definitely takes a toll because I’m more bubbly and alive and zestful and I like to have a good time. So after a while, you’re like, “Oh my God, I’m getting really depressed.” And I just had to move across the country, so I’m in an apartment that doesn’t have my furniture. I’m not around my friends. I spent a lot of time walking around doing the scenes by myself in my apartment. All of that helped me find Jessica’s loneliness.
Melissa and I have had a very open dialogue from the beginning. We also have a great director, S.J. Clarkson, who I always felt like was in it with me. She was the constant. I do have a lot of scenes where I’m all by myself, and so I would turn to her afterward and she would be the person I connected with.
Season one ended with Jessica making the difficult decision to kill Kilgrave with her bare hands. This was not an easy choice for her to make, and we will feel the repercussions in season 2, but it was definitely necessary for the character to be free from his grasp and for the show to move forward. Although it may have been difficult to kill another person, Ritter was all for it.
Around Episode 12, before I got the finale, I was like, she’s got to, she’s got to kill him. After Hope died, everything kind of shifted. For me, playing her, at the moment when Jessica kills him, she’s very conflicted because he was her purpose. It’s a little bit of a Stockholm syndrome thing. She’s almost become codependent on that relationship, but he’s just been so awful, and Jessica needs to kill him to get to that next step. I don’t know where she goes next emotionally, but I know in the moment when we were playing that scene, it was very difficult for me.
There is no word yet if Jessica will visit her old friend Luke come September, but it would be a surprise to me if that did not happen. Hopefully we do not have to wait until Defenders to see her again. Let us know how you think The Defenders should be formed and any other thoughts you have in the comments below!
Source: LA Times.