Showrunner Melissa Rosenberg both recently spoke to Variety (as did Krysten Ritter) about the buzz surrounding her Netflix series, Marvel’s “Jessica Jones“. She also discussed the possibilities going forward, both in terms of the series getting a second season and, of course, the already-announced crossover miniseries coming all of the Netflix heroes: “The Defenders“….
Melissa Rosenberg on a second season…
“I’d love that. Me, personally — I’m ready to go,” Rosenberg said “Marvel has a lot going on. So does Netflix. So I don’t know if a second season fits into this schedule, when, whether or not we’ll get one. I don’t know any of that. I personally, I’m ready to jump in now. I’ve had some time off. I needed some time off! It was a really hard run. Consistently generous in her praise for Jones’ comic book creator Brian Michael Bendis, she says there are a number of juicy comics storylines to adapt. We’re always mining that [comic book] series [‘Alias’] as much as we can. It’s just great story telling. So we’re not idiots, we’re not going to ignore great story telling. Grab it, use it, and claim it — then call it ‘an homage,'” she added with a laugh.
And regarding Jessica’s place in the crossover event…
She’s not certain yet how much specific input she’ll have in Jones’ other TV adventures, but she’s confident the character will remain consistent. “What I have is Krysten Ritter, and she and I are on exactly the same page with this character,” she said. “And that is a women that will not do something that violates the character in any way. So if I have nothing to do with it, I trust that she’s going to be the protector of the character.”
So why hasn’t a second season of the series been announced already? The show is another hit for both Marvel and Netflix and people are talking about it like crazy, so what’s the hold up? The answer is simple: Marvel’s plans after the freshman seasons of both “Luke Cage” (currently filming) and “Iron Fist” (shooting this Spring), have not been finalized.
The question right now, aside from finally locking down a star and showrunner for “Iron Fist” (we hear they are close on both), is when will “The Defenders” happen? Initial word from back before even the first season of “Daredevil” shot pegged the crossover miniseries as arriving in 2017. Talk of it since then has backed off of an arrival year, with public planning on the matter being very vague. Why is this? Well for one, “Daredevil” proved more successful than they anticipated and now “Jones” is doing the same. Because of this, a second season of “Daredevil” before the crossover event was decided on.
Will “Jessica Jones” be getting a second season? Absolutely. That said, when that will happen greatly depends on what year Marvel wants “The Defenders” to arrive in. If they stick to 2017, then “Defenders” will likely have to shoot next summer after “Iron Fist” wraps. That would leave us with 5 seasons of material leading up to the events (2 of “Daredevil” and 1 for each of the other three).
If they decide to aim for 2018 instead, then all four shows are likely to get another season beforehand. That means a third season of “Daredevil” and sophomore seasons for “Jessica Jones“, “Luke Cage“, and “Iron Fist“. Everything we’re hearing at this time states that a second season of “Jones” is guaranteed, but one will not be announced until they finalize the production timeline for “The Defenders” first.
Whether Marvel will come out and state this officially is anyone’s guess, although we’re already kinda sorta officially getting such a statement from star Krysten Ritter and showrunner Melissa Rosenberg as they tour the interview circuit. I’m betting that Marvel comes out sometime within the next month or so and promises a second season, but doesn’t drop an actual expected date for one yet. The next two big announcements we are likely to get from the studio will probably involved casting and showrunner announcements for “Iron Fist” and eventually a targeted release for the first season of “Luke Cage”