As Marvel and Netflix gear up for their third solo Defender series, Luke Cage, to debut next month, the anticipation level is high thanks to how quickly Mike Colter won viewers over during his debut in season 1 of Jessica Jones. Luke was only a supporting character to the larger story that revolved around Jessica, and ultimately became an important part in her struggle to rid herself of Kilgrave. David Tennant was able to relay a sense of charm and creepiness all at once as the latter, but with his story coming to an end in the season one finale, the question remains: who will Jessica (Krysten Ritter) be fighting once the already-announced Jessica Jones season 2 is released?
Jessica does not have the most well-known comic book villain gallery, admittedly, so Jessica Jones showrunner Melissa Rosenberg should be able to have her choice as the main bad guy (or gal). After focusing heavily on a single villain in season 1, it appears that Jessica and friends could have more enemies this time around.
During a recent interview with EW, Rosenberg was asked about what she is planning to put in Jessica's way next season, and it sounds like at least two villains could be featured prominently in the story. While she did not reveal which characters in particular they are planning on using, Jessica will have more foes in her corner of Hell's Kitchen. The reason according to Rosenberg is not just to add more people to the universe, but to change up the formula as to not try and repeat themselves with Kilgrave. As she put it:
"Or antagonists, plural. No one is ever going to beat David Tennant as Kilgrave, so you don’t do that. The biggest mistake would be to try to repeat that. You just go, “OK, we’re not doing that, so we have this open to us.”
Rosenberg was then pressed as to who "this" opportunity could be, but she would not reveal anything saying, "I can’t spoil a surprise." One of the potential villains for the second season could be Nuke (Wil Traval) after his backstory and relationships being set up in Jessica Jones season one. Another possibility is Trish Walker (Rachel Taylor) transforms into Hellcat (like in the Marvel Comics Universe) during the show's second season and becomes something of an antagonistic force to Jessica (a la Daredevil and Punisher (Jon Bernthal) in Daredevil season 2).
While it may sound great to feature more villains in a season, Marvel and Netflix have so far done a good job focusing on one villain and giving the audience time to learn about their story as well. That said, using an antagonist such as Nuke would allow the series to stick with the tradition of bringing in relatable villains. Even Daredevil has used multiple villains in both season that all connect to the larger villain at play. Luke Cage looks like it could do the same thing by featuring Mariah Dillard (Alfre Woodard) and Cottonmouth (Mahershala Ali). By the time Jessica Jones season 2 starts filming, Marvel and Netflix could have found the right, new formula to keep bringing in more villains but maintaining the high quality of each.
Daredevil season 1 & 2 and Jessica Jones season 1 are now available on Netflix. Luke Cage season 1 will arrive on September 30th, 2016. The Defenders and Iron Fist arrive in 2017. Release dates for Jessica Jones season 2, The Punisher and Daredevil season 3 have not yet been announced.