Jessica Jones has turned out to be a surprise hit for Netflix. As much a surprise as a Marvel show being a hit on Netflix can be that is. While we don’t have exact viewer ratings or anything – the streaming network usually keeps that stuff concealed – we do know that an awful lot of people seem to like her show, and for a character far less known than Luke Cage or Iron Fist, that’s pretty damn good. Lots of clever marketing on social media, and with one of the better performances during the mini-series crossover event The Defenders, Ms. Jones has cemented a solid reputation among the other street-level heroes of New York, and star Krysten Ritter has won over fanboys everywhere.
The first season of Marvel’s Jessica Jones saw the drunkard private eye dealing with the super-powered pervert Kilgrave (David Tennant) as he mind-controlled his way across the city, in a deadly and ill-conceived attempt to win her over. Our primary villain for the upcoming sophomore season hasn’t yet been revealed, but likely a lot of the conflict is going to come from within, as Jessica learns more about her past – something that was heavily foreshadowed in the first season. I imagine we’ll learn how she got her powers, and I wouldn’t be surprised if the explanation ties itself to Luke Cage’s own experiences somehow.
Here’s the official synopsis for Jessica Jones Season 2, which premieres on March 8th – International Women’s Day!
New York City private investigator Jessica Jones (Krysten Ritter) is beginning to put her life back together after murdering her tormenter, Kilgrave. Now known throughout the city as a super-powered killer, a new case makes her reluctantly confront who she really is while digging deeper into her past to explore the reasons why.
Krysten Ritter (Jessica Jones) is joined by an incredible returning cast that includes Rachael Taylor (Trish Walker), Carrie-Anne Moss (Jeri Hogarth), Eka Darville (Malcolm Ducasse) and new cast members Janet McTeer and J.R. Ramirez, among others.
Marvel’s Jessica Jones on Netflix is Executive Produced by series Showrunner Melissa Rosenberg (“Twilight”, “Dexter”), Raelle Tucker (“True Blood”), Jim Chory (“Marvel’s Daredevil”, “Marvel’s Luke Cage”, “Marvel’s Iron Fist”) and Jeph Loeb (“Marvel’s Daredevil”, “Marvel’s Luke Cage”, “Marvel’s Iron Fist”) who also serves as Marvel’s Head of Television.
So ahead of the new season premiering, Netflix has released some images with little-to-no context, so we’re left to decipher them ourselves. First up is that classic Jessica Jones welcoming glow, a look that lets people know she’s there to help. That or she’s once again attempting to turn down a case since people can’t stop throwing work at her.
This next one would seem to show Ms. Jones in the custody of the police. And following the events of The Defenders, it’s likely she’s not calling Matt Murdoch for help, and given her troubled history with Jeri Hogarth, our hope is that she’s talking to Foggy Nelson here. But knowing Jessica, she’s probably working a case more so than trying to secure her freedom.
And speaking of Jeri Hogarth (Carrie-Ann Moss), she’s back as well! Sporting a new do and a troubled look, it seems like Hogarth probably hasn’t moved past the events of season one yet. Those events saw her life ripped apart as much as anyone else’s, self-inflicted or not.
Aside from Hogarth, Jessica’s friends return as well. Malcolm and Trish Walker both played big parts in season one and came back in supporting roles for The Defenders. Rumor has it that Trish will play an even bigger part this time around, and perhaps take up her Hellcat moniker from the comics.
Tennant’s Kilgrave is also set to return in some fashion, likely hallucinations of Jessica’s – since you know, he’s dead.
First look at JESSICA JONES SEASON 2! Poor Jessica… 💔 – I can’t WAIT for everyone to see what we have made. I am so proud of the work from the entire cast/crew/writers/producers. Thank you @entertainmentweekly for the exclusive 1st look! @marvel @netflix @marvelsjessicajones #kilgrave #davidtennant #jessicajones
Season one was great, and we expect that season two will be on par, but we just have to wait until March 8 to find out!
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