In recent years, Marvel’s Cinematic Universe has continued to grow – soon to enter Phase 3 with the premiere of Captain America: Civil War – both on the big screen and on television. In recent weeks we’ve learned that ABC is expanding its corner of the MCU beyond Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. and Agent Carter to include the Bobbi Morse (Adrianne Palicki) and Lance Hunter (Nick Blood) spinoff Most Wanted and half-hour comedy Damage Control, as well as having two other series in development including another comedy and a show from John Ridley.
On Netflix, the streaming service launched their Defenders universe in 2015, including first seasons for both Daredevil and Jessica Jones. This year Netflix will unveil a second season for Daredevil as well as season 1 of Luke Cage – with an Iron Fist series and Defenders team-up event coming in later years. Plus, more recently, we learned that Netflix is developing a Punisher spinoff from Daredevil. Now the streaming service has confirmed they’ll be bringing Jessica Jones back for a second season as well.
EW is reporting that during the Netflix session of the Television Critics Association winter press tour, Jessica Jones was announced to be returning for season 2, though a premiere date has yet to be revealed. EW also confirmed that season 2 will be 13 episodes – the same number as the first season – and season 1 showrunner Melissa Rosenberg is returning for Jessica Jones’ second outing as well.
Krysten Ritter stars as the titular superhero, joined in season 1 by Rachael Taylor as Trish Walker, Eka Darville as Malcolm Ducasse, Wil Traval as Will Simpson, and Carrie-Anne Moss as Jeri Hogarth, a female version of comic book character Jeryn Hogarth. Jessica Jones additionally introduced Mike Colter as Luke Cage and she faced off against David Tennant as Kilgrave, who may be the MCU’s best villain yet.
Jessica Jones season 1 was met with a great deal of critical and fan acclaim, and recent data from NBC estimated the series drew 4.8 million viewers. In addition to the buzz that surrounded Jessica Jones at the time of its debut, the series continued to generate conversations about its portrayal of sensitive subjects like rape and abuse, as well as its complex handling of what it means to be a hero. Because of this, and Netflix’s decision to grant Daredevil a second season only one year after its first, the renewal of Jessica Jones doesn’t come as much of a surprise.
Of course, the biggest question surrounding Jessica Jones season 2 wasn’t whether it would happen, but when. Netflix already has a lot planned on its Marvel slate, with Daredevil season 2 introducing both Frank Castle a.k.a. Punisher (Jon Bernthal) and Elektra (Élodie Yung), as well as the forthcoming seasons of Luke Cage and Iron Fist, in addition to the Defenders team-up planned in the next few years. With such a crowded slate, it remains to be seen when we’ll be seeing Jessica Jones back for season 2. Though, that being said, the only confirmed release dates that have been announced so far are those for 2016 – Daredevil season 2 and Luke Cage season 1 – so the second season of Jessica Jones could arrive as early as 2017, but we’ll have to wait and see.
Daredevil season 1 and Jessica Jones season 1 are now available on Netflix. Daredevil season 2 will debut on Netflix on March 18th, 2016, followed by Luke Cage season 1 later in 2016. Release dates for Jessica Jones season 2, Iron Fist, and The Defenders on Netflix have not yet been announced. We’ll keep you updated on the Punisher spinoff as development continues.