[SPOILERS ahead for Jessica Jones season 1.]
Netflix officially launched their corner of the Marvel Cinematic Universe in 2015 with the premiere of Daredevil season 1, which was followed later in the year by Jessica Jones. The universe continued to develop this year with Daredevil season 2, which introduced Elektra (Élodie Yung) and Frank Castle a.k.a. The Punisher (Jon Bernthal) – the latter of which will receive his own spinoff within the Netflix universe. However, also planned within The Defenders universe are series based on Luke Cage, which will premiere later this year, and Iron Fist before the team-up of the four major heroes.
Currently, Iron Fist is filming its first season following Danny Rand (Finn Jones), but The Defenders is expected to start production later this year, with Jessica Jones season 2 set to begin immediately following. It may be some time before Jessica Jones season 2 arrives on Netflix, but showrunner Melissa Rosenberg is already thinking ahead and she recently offered some details about what to expect when Jessica (Krysten Ritter) returns in her titular series.
In an interview with Nerdist, Rosenberg spoke about the emotional arc of Jessica in season 1 from surviving the abusive relationship with Kilgrave to her choice to kill him in the season finale:
One never stops having that experience, it becomes a part of who they are, but she’s a survivor and that’s what I’ve always loved about her. The interesting thing is yes, she’s a victim of rape and assault but the thing that was the ultimate rape of her was to turn her into a murderer. So at the end she has to do it again and this time it’s her choice. She kills someone. Yes, someone who we all probably think deserves it, but ultimately she is taking a life with her own hands and that is not something she walks away from going “Yeah!” Taking a life to Jessica Jones is a very, very serious, life-changing experience.
Given Jessica Jones‘ focus on the emotional development of its hero in season 1, the second season continuing to follow the consequences of Jessica’s actions certainly seems like the next logical step. So, as Rosenberg indicates, Jessica Jones season 2 will likely provide viewers with more of the emotional depth and thoughtful portrayal of the character’s struggle with suffering abuse and committing murder as seen in season 1.
Additionally, Rosenberg spoke about the secondary characters of Jessica Jones – such as Trish Walker (Rachael Taylor) and Malcolm (Eka Darville) – having more of their own stories in season 2:
That’s the trick of a show called Jessica Jones, if she’s not in the scene, there’s no guarantee that scene will end up in the final picture. You have to earn secondary character stories, you have to flesh them out enough so that they can eventually carry stories of their own, which is very much what season 1 was about, bringing in other characters.
Certainly, fans of the Marvel Comics are likely hoping for Trish Walker to receive her own storyline in season 2, perhaps leading to the character becoming Hellcat – and Taylor herself has expressed hope of such a storyline as well. However, how Jessica’s emotional development and whether Trish takes on the mantle of Hellcat or her character is developed in a different direction remains to be seen. We may learn more concrete details about season 2 as production on Jessica Jones gets closer.
Daredevil season 1 & 2 and Jessica Jones season 1 are now available on Netflix. Luke Cage season 1 will arrive on September 30th, 2016. Release dates for Jessica Jones season 2, Iron Fist, The Defenders, and The Punisher spinoff on Netflix have not yet been announced.