The rumor mill for Marvel properties is forever churning something out. And ever since the cancellation of all Netflix Marvel shows, fans have been begging for the return of some of the Defenders. Nothing is confirmed, however, but with Matt Murdock and Jessica Jones no longer tied to a show, there are pretty good opportunities to include them in the MCU moving forward. And Captain Marvel is the perfect person to incorporate Jessica into the Avengers’ arc.
The rumors about Jessica Jones and the MCU
Daredevil and Jessica Jones were two fan favorites to come out of Netflix’s run of Marvel shows, and a recent theory from MCU Cosmic’s Jeremy Conrad suggests that these two could branch off into the MCU. Conrad writes that because Kevin Feige is now overseeing all of Marvel, combining his pull on the movies and now the TV shows, there is a high chance Murdock and Jones will deepen their comic book counterparts in upcoming MCU films.
We Got This Covered also shared this rumor, reporting that a leak suggests Marvel Studios is looking to incorporate Krysten Ritter’s Jones into a movie or show moving forward.
All of the characters used in Marvel shows or movies have long histories within the comics, but Jessica Jones, specifically, has a very close bond with Carol Danvers. Considering just how big Captain Marvel is within the MCU now, and her role as a leading Avenger, this could hint at a major role for Jones in the future.
Captain Marvel and Jessica Jones’ connection
In the comics, Danvers and Jones are longtime best friends, despite being polar opposites. Jessica is a ruthless and messy superhuman with a hidden soft side that’s best friends with Carol, a disciplined military captain. While their comic book upbringings are different than what you see on screen, their characters are still very similar. Their bond is so strong in the comics, it’s almost heartbreaking that fans haven’t gotten to see it on screen. Yet.
Interestingly, Captain Marvel was going to be a regular on the Netflix show, according to IGN, who spoke to writer Melissa Rosenberg in 2015.
“Back when it was at ABC Network, I did use Carol Danvers. But between then and when it ended up on Netflix, you know, the MCU shifted, and it also shifted away from the universe in the [comic] book. So in the book, the powers are very out in the open and the themes of that are about ‘the other,’ and in the cinematic universe that’s not the mythology. So there was a lot that I had to move away from, just in terms of sheer plot, and Carol Danvers got her own movie.”IGN
Once the decision was made to pull Danvers for Captain Marvel, Trish (aka Patsy) was brought in as Jessica’s best friend. The show actually gave a nod to Captain Marvel in Jessica Jones’ third season. Trish is searching for a superhero costume of her own and tries on a red, blue, and yellow leather set with a wig that sort of resembles Brie Larson’s Carol Danvers.
In canon, Captain Marvel is the one to save Jessica when she’s being manipulated by Killgrave, she took Jessica to the hospital to have her child, and is a major part of Jessica Jones’ Alias comics according to CBR.com. Carol Danvers has a strong bond with Maria Rambeau in the MCU, but Jessica could be Danvers’ present-day friend.
How might Daredevil fit into the MCU?
As reported by Showbiz Cheat Sheet in the past, Daredevil could fit into the MCU with Black Widow 2. The long-awaited Black Widow solo film hasn’t even been released yet, but on the chance that a sequel happens, Matt Murdock’s comic book partnership with Black Widow could lead to his place in the MCU as well.
What has Kevin Feige said about the Defenders in upcoming movies?
Feige hasn’t been silent on the Defenders, either. According to Digital Spy, the Marvel president told BET he’s not sure about Daredevil and Jessica Jones’ involvement past their shows, but never say never.
“I don’t know… There were a lot of great characters that were on those Netflix series, and I think there is a period of time. It’ll be a while before we could use any of them based on what the contracts were, so I’m not sure… And also, even answering that question is a spoiler. But there are some great Marvel characters there.”Digital Spy
Is Krysten Ritter down to do more Marvel shows or movies?
As for Ritter, her comments about a future for Jones aren’t promising. She told TVLine, “Do I think I’ll play her again? I don’t think so… I feel like I’ve played her, you know? I feel really good about it. I feel good about closing the door.”
But given the right chance, Ritter could change her mind. Fingers crossed for all the Captain Marvel and Jessica Jones fans out there.