With Jessica Jones having been a critical and popular success, it seems only a matter of time before Netflix and Marvel announce a season two. While it’s pretty clear that any season 2 will end up centering on IGH, developing the relationship of Jessica and Luke, as well as pushing Trish Walker closer to becoming a Defender and tying up the loose ends with Will “Nuke” Simpson, a 13-episode season needs some sub-plots. As part of our team’s comprehensive look at the series, here are some potential story lines for Season 2!
The Origins of Cloak and Dagger
The street-level origins and activities of these two fit perfectly into the world of the Defenders and the pair have had one project or another in development by Marvel dating back to the studios origins in 2005. Marvel wants these two on screen and a second season of Jessica Jones may provide the perfect opportunity to introduce them.
Ty Johnson and Tandy Bowen were teenage runaways from different worlds who became inseparable partners while surviving on the streets. The duo was abducted by some low-level Maggia scum and exposed to experimental drugs which granted them incredible powers. While a rumor had the retrofitted origins of the pair taking place in post-Katrina New Orleans, it seems like their story could just as easily spring forth from post-invasion New York City and the mysterious IGH corporation.
Tandy’s mother was a millionaire who could hire Jessica to find her lost daughter, a story that could blend elements of Alias issues 10-21 in which Jessica came across Mutant Growth Hormone while investigating the disappearance of teen Spider-Woman, Mattie Franklin. Cloak and Dagger are going to enter the Marvel Cinematic Universe at some point and the world being created on Netflix seems accommodating to their brand of justice.
The Insanity of Typhoid Mary
A classic Daredevil villain, Typhoid Mary could tie into the IGH arc and bring another potentially devastating villain to Hell’s Kitchen. Let’s face it, there are so many wonderful Daredevil rouges but it’s highly unlikely we will have enough seasons of Daredevil to fit them all in. If so, why not let Jessica borrow one of the craziest, providing her with a strong female antagonist for Season 2 (see Nuke in Season 1).
While this would certainly take a pretty major overhaul of the character, her violent displays and the formidable powers she possesses would provide Jessica with a foe that could match her physically while still playing with themes about the fragility of the mind.
The Legacy of the White Tiger
Name dropped by Jessica in Season 1, Angela Del Toro could bring a Bendis Daredevil story line to a second season of Jessica Jones and even begin an arc that could potentially carry over from Daredevil Season 2.
In comic book canon, Angela Del Toro is the niece of Hector Ayala, the first White Tiger. An FBI agent, Del Toro enters the world of vigilantism following the death of her uncle. At the time of his death, Hector Ayala had been convicted of murder for which he was framed while acting as the White Tiger. Matt Murdock took the case and fought hard for Hector to be acquitted and to stay away from the vigilante lifestyle. Unfortunately for Hector, the addictive pull of using the Tiger amulets to fight crime were too much to overcome causing him to attempt to escape custody, an escape that cost him his life.
While Hector’s case could potentially be the central courtroom drama of Daredevil‘s second season, the thread could run into Jessica Jones as Angela Del Toro, who has left the FBI and is working as a PI, joins the Defenders as the vigilante White Tiger. The Jade Tiger amulets that empower the White Tiger have ties to K’un Lun, providing yet another intricate connection to the Defenders and, therefore, one more reason to add Del Toro to the mix.
A Partnership with Jessica Drew, P.I.
Another strong, female character. Another PI. Another character whose origins could be altered to tie to the mysterious IGH corporation. Another potential story line for season 2.
While Jessica Drew is more well-known for her time in skin tight red and yellow Spider-Woman costume, she’s also spent time as a HYDRA agent, an Agent of S.H.I.E.L.D. and a private investigator, among other things. Though she may well fit better on ABC’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. or someday in a film, she played a role in Brian Michael Bendis’ Alias, the source of much of Jessica Jones’ comic book history.
In the comics, the Jessicas meet up while investigating the disappearance of the aforementioned Mattie Franklin. As stated earlier, I’d like to see Cloak and Dagger take the place of Mattie Franklin, but from there the show could follow the eventual partnership of Jones and Drew laid out by Bendis. One of the coolest things about Alias was the casual relationships Jessica Jones had with some of the heroes in the Marvel Universe (Carol Danvers, Jessica Drew and Scott Lang); it would be fun to see the series head that way as well.
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