This summer may have brought Phase Two of the Marvel Cinematic Universe to a close, but the studio is not yet done for 2015... on the small screen, that is. Case in point, thanks to the overwhelmingly positive response to Daredevil this past spring, hopes are even higher for the next Marvel/Netflix series Jessica Jones.
For months, fans have speculated about whether the series will follow the Marvel comic books lead and dive into a romance between Jones (Krysten Ritter) and Luke Cage (Mike Colter) - the latter of whom will also headline his own Netflix series, in 2016. Now, courtesy of Ritter herself, we may have finally gotten our answer.
Ritter recently appeared on the This Week in Marvel podcast (hat tip to MCU Exchange) and got the chance to speak about her work on the forthcoming Netflix series created by Melissa Rosenberg (Twilight, Dexter). Here's what she had to say about her on-set experience working with Colter, setting up the latter to go work on his own show in the future:
"At the end of the day, I also knew Mike [Colter] had my back. Whether we were doing stunts together, or love-making scenes, which I'm not very comfortable with."
Fans of the Alias comic on which Jessica Jones is based will likely recall that the tone of the source material is strictly adult in nature and features sex scenes between Jones and Cage. By the sounds of it, the Netflix version will embrace the darker, more raw parts of the story; that would be in keeping with the more mature tone that Daredevil has established for the Netflix corner of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, allowing those shows to explore more adult story territory than Marvel Studios films tend to.
In addition, Ritter also mentioned on the TWIM podcast that the Jessica Jones show's depiction of the villainous Killgrave a.k.a. The Purple Man (David Tennant) will be "twisted around and expanded on and developed" to include some changes from his comic book counterpart. This is yet another area where, should Rosenberg's series follow the same path as the Marvel Comics, Jessica Jones may explore some rather psychologically-intense (and troubling) narrative material.
While Jessica Jones is far less known to casual viewers than other Marvel characters, it's encouraging to note her story is being handled with such reverence to the source material. Her connection to Cage has always been key - and in addition to providing some character insight and a playful onscreen dynamic, their relationship lays the foundation for the Luke Cage show to follow. Likewise, there's good reason to believe that Tennant's Purple Man could follow in the footsteps of Vincent D'Onofrio's Kingpin and become the next great Marvel/Netflix show villain.
Daredevil season one is currently available on Netflix. Jessica Jones will be released this fall, followed by Luke Cage season one and Daredevil season two (a.k.a. Daredevil V Punisher) in 2016. Iron Fist and The Defenders will arrive sometime thereafter.