Of all the popular Marvel shows on Netflix, few have generated the same amount of buzz as Jessica Jones. Daredevil may have set the bar high with its early-2015 debut, but there’s no questioning the sheer power of the Krysten Ritter-led follow-up effort. Over its 13-episode Season 1 run, we were treated to a stunning narrative on abuse victims, set to the backdrop of Marvel’s decidedly grimmer Netflix universe. Knowing all this, it was no surprise to anyone when Jessica Jones was officially picked up for a second season.
This marks a huge landmark for the show for a couple reasons. First and foremost, it’s proof positive that a female superhero can carry her own series, stacking well on top of ABC’s Agent Carter and The CW’s Supergirl. Secondly, scoring a second season is no small feat considering the already-busy Netflix schedule.
So without further ado, here’s everything we’ve heard so far about Season 2 of Jessica Jones (and check out the trailers on page 8).
1. It will be here soon
We have the “what”: Jessica Jones is coming back for a second season, following her role in The Defenders crossover series. And now, we have the “when.” Season 2 in its entirety will land on Netflix on March 8, 2018.
The Punisher series starring Jon Bernthal (The Walking Dead) hit Netflix in 2017, and sophomore seasons of Luke Cage and Iron Fist are also in production. No dates on those yet, but we have a feeling we’ll learn more about those upcoming dates after Jessica Jones premieres.
2. Digging further into Jessica’s backstory
In statements made at the Television Critics Association press tour in Jan. 2016, showrunner Melissa Rosenberg expressed a desire to continue delving into who Jessica Jones really is: “I think I just want to continue with her character. She’s a very damaged character and her damage goes beyond Kilgrave. There’s a lot to mine from in her backstory and in her present day situation. I think we’ll find something.”
This presents some intriguing storytelling opportunities, as the show begins to operate in a post-David Tennant universe. Speaking of Tennant …
3. Kilgrave is dead, but his presence is still felt
Sure, it seems odd to clarify the death of a character whose neck was clearly snapped, but in the realm of comic books, death is rarely permanent. Regardless, Rosenberg went out of her way to close the door on that possibility at the aforementioned press tour, noting how “the show is about Jessica Jones; the story is about Jessica’s arc.”
Even as one of the greatest villains Marvel has ever featured on television, in the end, it’s the right call for a story that needs to move forward in order to continue its narrative. That doesn’t mean that Jessica Jones has entirely left her ordeal with Kilgrave in the past though. Kristen Ritter dished on Season 2 of the series to Entertainment Weekly in 2016, admitting that she doesn’t “think all that trauma and PTSD goes away now that she kills (Kilgrave),” and hinting at how that will effect her in the future.
Rosenberg also clarified, “As always, our show is very much about Jessica and her internal life and her struggle, and he’s such a part of her construction and her dilemma. I think just having him come back and be that mirror again is really important.”
4. Patsy Walker as Hellcat
Fans of the Alias series of comics likely recognized Patricia “Patsy” Walker. Walker stars in the comics as martial arts master Hellcat, trained by none other than Captain America himself. In the Netflix universe, we’ve seen extensive teases at her martial arts prowess, and even a brief moment of heroism, in which she briefly acquires super-strength long enough to knock out an out-of-control Will Simpson.
Whether she’ll get to suit up and fully assume her Hellcat identity is unclear, but set photos from July 2017 indicate that the chances are good. For our part, we’re firmly in the “hell yes, Hellcat” camp.
5. Luke Cage
In the comics, Luke Cage and Jessica Jones are about as closely intertwined as two superheroes can get, going so far as to get married and have kids together. We saw the two connect in Jessica Jones, although Jessica was barely even mentioned in the standalone Luke Cage series.
In The Defenders, the two interact, but Luke and Claire were very much romantically involved during this time. There’s no news as to whether or not Power Man will make an appearance in Jessica Jones Season 2.
6. Mike Colter teases a ‘dark and heavy’ Season 2
Sure, “dark and gritty” is often used as a lazy shorthand for any show that features mature adult themes, but it’s still worth noting this particular rumor nonetheless. As reported by MCU Exchange on Twitter, actor Mike Colter hinted at a Season 2 storyline that promises to be “dark and heavy.”
Whatever that means is up for your own interpretation, but things certainly won’t be getting happier in the world of Jessica Jones.
7. Jessica Jones added an Oscar nominee to the cast
In addition to Ritter, Taylor, Carrie-Anne Moss (as Lawyer Jeri Hogarth), and Eka Darville (Malcolm) returning, actors Leah Gibson, J.R. Ramirez, and Janet McTeer will debut in Season 2. We know the least about McTeer, who will appear as an “undisclosed character who will have an enormous impact on Jessica’s life.”
The actress’s past body of work includes BBC’s The White Queen, The Woman in Black, and Damages.
8. The first trailers are here
On Feb. 7, 2018, Netflix released the first full trailer for Jessica Jones Season 2. And it is dark.
The angst-filled 2-minute video shows Jessica investigating how she obtained her powers — and was brought back from the dead — following the car accident that killed the rest of her family. There’s also a new foe determined to take down her business, a deadly killer on the loose, and, of course, plenty of drinking and swearing.
And on Feb. 20, 2018, a second trailer arrived. This one features a lot more commentary from Jones herself, who is now attending anger management classes (though she’s angrier than ever).
Stay tuned for more updates as they arrive!
Additional reporting by Becca Bleznak.
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