Marvel and Netflix confirmed Jessica Jones Season 2 ages ago, so that’s great news. Details are still pretty scarce, though, so that’s not as great. Nevertheless, here’s what we’ve got on Jessica Jones Season 2, which contains 13 episodes, all directed by women.
“Marvel is thrilled to be working with Netflix for a second season of Marvel’s Jessica Jones,” said Executive Producer and Marvel’s Head of Television, Jeph Loeb in a statement when season 2 was first announced. “The positive response to Jessica’s story from fans all over the world has been overwhelming and we look forward to diving even deeper into these characters and this world.”
Jessica Jones Season 2 Trailer
Just one week before Jessica Jones Season 2 makes its March 8 premiere, Netflix has released a preview featurette, which thematically explores the latest segment of Jessica’s character arc, crafted by creator/showrunner Melissa Rosenberg, which seems to center on unbridled rage.
Of course, Jessica has a good reason for her feelings of personal tumult, since the super-powered P.I. is still plagued by internal demons, despite having dispatched the instigator of said demons, Kilgrave, at the end of Season 1. Yet, Jessica’s (destructive) ambivalence will be shared by her friends, Trish Walker and Jeri Hogarth, who are also struggling to find a place in a rapidly changing world.
…Here is the most recent Jessica Jones Season 2 trailer.
While the cathartic opening soliloquy recited by Jessica in the previous trailer is repeated, it’s represented here more viscerally, in front of an (apparently not very effective) Anger Management meeting as the super-powered P.I. takes her frustrations out on a SuperBall and the wall against which it’s thrown. Additionally, the clip mixes some Season 1 content for context, driving home the challenges Jessica faces this time around in an appropriately exciting manner.
…Embedded below is the first full Jessica Jones Season 2 trailer, which is as intense as you expected.
So, it does look like Patsy Walker will take another step on the road to becoming Hellcat, and the show is veering away from most of Jessica’s comic book adventures in favor of a story that digs into the other major trauma in her life, her origin.
Here’s the earlier teaser for Jessica Jones Season 2, which managed to reveal virtually nothing about the story while also reminding us why we love this show so much in the first place!
Jessica Jones Season 2 Release Date
We’ll get new episodes of Jessica Jones Season 2 on March 8, 2018!
Jessica Jones Season 2 Cast
J.R. Ramirez will play Oscar, the new superintendent of Jessica’s embattled NYC apartment building. According to EW he character’s presence will be first felt through his status as a “devoted” single father, since his young son becomes “enamored” with Jessica, specifically over her powers. The boy’s continued fixation, however, happens to the chagrin of Oscar, who wants to stay clear of the trouble that tends to follow powered people.
However, with Jessica’s Season 1 flame in Mike Colter’s Luke Cage now firmly in a relationship Rosario Dawson’s series-hopping nurse Claire Temple, it’s reasonable to speculate that Ramirez’s Oscar may be the subject of a slow-burn turn as Jessica’s next romantic interest. Indeed, executive producer Melissa Rosenberg states of Ramirez’s casting that he’s “an incredible addition to our cast, bringing complex and subtle emotion and humor,” adding that he “exudes warmth, edge and intelligence, and blends perfectly with our tone.”
Leah Gibson (Twilight) is playing someone named “Ingrid.” MCU Exchange got their hands on some mysterious character breakdowns a few months ago, and that may help shed some light on “Ingrid.”
[INGRID] Early-mid 30s, 5’8 – 5’11, female, dark hair, attractive and edgy, has a history of living on the streets. Educated as a nurse, but street-wise. She is attracted to men and women…SERIES REGULAR
There’ some speculation out there that “Ingrid” is going to end up the MCU equivalent of Daredevil villain, Typhoid Mary.
Here are some other characters we’re waiting on more details about…
[DR. KIRBY] 60s, male, open ethnicity, scientist & freethinker SERIES REGULAR – ONE YEAR DEAL
(note: MCEU is speculating that this is Dr. Karl Malus, the man responsible for the creation of Nuke in the comics, and the likely head of IGH. We can believe that)
[PRESLEY] Late 30s, Male, African American, intelligent, driven, self-assured FRACTIONAL SERIES REGULAR
Janet McTeer (Tumbleweeds, Me Before You) has an “undisclosed” role. Now, whenever Marvel doesn’t tell you who somebody is playing right out of the gate, you can assume two things:
1) It’s an important character with potentially spoiler-y impact.
2) They’re not ever going to tell us until the show is practically on top of us.
So with that in mind, I have my own theories on who Ms. McTeer might be playing, but revealing them here could be considered a spoiler. On the other hand, Jessica Jones herself (well, whoever plays her on Twitter at least), offered this clue, which doesn’t necessarily line up with what I’m thinking:
“We couldn’t possibly be more excited to work with Ms. McTeer for our second season,” said series Creator and Executive Producer, Melissa Rosenberg in a statement. “Her gravitas and authenticity are the perfect ingredients for all we’re trying to create this year. She disappears into roles, gives her characters extraordinary dimension and depth. We’re incredibly fortunate to be able to collaborate with her.”
Entertainment Weekly has an on-set image of none other than David Tennant on set, in full Kilgrave costume, of Jessica Jones Season 2. It’s likely that everyone is making a bigger deal out of this than strictly necessary. Considering that Jessica Jones Season 2 had been shooting for a few months when this was revealed, the most likely scenario is that he’s here as a traumatic flashback for Jessica.
Speaking with Nerdist, Melissa Rosenberg wouldn’t commit to the idea of getting Trish Walker into her Hellcat alter ego just yet. “You have to earn secondary character stories,” she said. “You have to flesh them out enough so that they can eventually carry stories of their own, which is very much what season one was about.”
Jessica Jones Season 2 Story
Showrunner Melissa Rosenberg has been speaking in vague enough terms about what to expect from Jessica Jones season 2. Ms. Rosenberg told Deadline back in November about what shape things might take.
“I think one of the things I would be able to do now, that’s harder to do in the first season, is to really expand on the ensemble…I would hope to further expand on the ensemble, and on Jessica’s world. She ends in a very different place than she started off. She’s still going to be Jessica Jones — that is not going to change. She will continue to drink and make mistakes, and accidentally drop people onto train tracks, but something has changed for her by the end of this season, and I’d just love to explore that in the second season.”
“I learned from working on Dexter that you can advance the character, but you never want to cure the character,” Rosenberg said in an interview with Esquire. “With Dexter, the moment he felt guilt or accepted that he was ‘bad,’ the show’s over. He’s no longer a sociopath. The equivalent for us would be if Jessica somehow recovered from the damage that had been done to her. People don’t just heal, you don’t go through that just to say, ‘Oh, he got arrested, he’s in jail, I’m OK now.’…That trauma is a huge part of who she is now.”
Raelle Tucker (The Returned) will serve as writer and executive producer.
“We’ve had such an incredible response to our first season on which I’ve been so fortunate to have an extraordinary team all the way down the line from the fellow writers, executive producers, cast and crew,” said Jessica Jones showrunner Melissa Rosenberg (via Deadline). “I’m thrilled to have someone as talented as Raelle join our team as writer and executive producer as we delve into Jessica’s continued story.”
Jessica Jones Season 2 Villain
But trying to find another villain with the same impact as David Tennant’s Kilgrave may prove difficult. The first season of the show opened with Jessica’s greatest challenge, which was something that wasn’t actually introduced until relatively late in her comic book run. It made sense, as her conflict with the Purple Man was by far her most emotional and interesting. But where does Jessica Jones season 2 take that?
Well, one possibility would seem to be adding multiple villains to the show instead of one big bad. When Entertainment Weekly asked Jessica Jones Season 2 showrunner Melissa Rosenberg how they top Kilgrave she responded, “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.”
Something to consider is that the early Alias comics (which Jessica Jones is based on) were focused on relatively shorter cases, and the first attempt to bring Jessica Jones to the small screen (on the ABC network, which we have more details on right here) would have seen the show take a more traditional detective show/procedural approach. Perhaps the Netflix series could play with and subvert that formula a little bit this time around.