The Marvel Netflix shows have been almost universally praised and seem to be getting bigger and better every day. After Jon Bernthal’s Frank Castle was so well received during Daredevil season two it was really no surprise that they decided to give him his own series. However, it was Jessica Jones that really took the bar and raised it as it tackled touchy subjects such as rape, PTSD, and brainwashing. Jessica Jones was confirmed to get a second season several months ago but Marvel fans have been wondering where the second season would fall on the timeline. Luke Cage is scheduled for a September 30th debut and they are currently filming Iron Fist but what about Jessica Jones and The Defenders? Jessica Jones star Krysten Ritter recently sat down with Digital Spy to give us an update on the highly anticipated second season of the critically acclaimed show.
“They’ll be back-to-back. I don’t know if they’ll overlap a little bit,” Ritter said about Jessica Jones season two and The Defenders. “It’s about to be a serious undertaking. I’m starting my physical training – lots of weight training and boxing.” One of the things fans have wondered is if Jessica will make an appearance in Luke Cage season one. The characters shared a very intense relationship during Jessica Jones season one so it would make sense that she would make an appearance but it seems that Ritter isn’t allowed to say much. “Marvel have this grand plan. Luke Cage will come out, then Iron Fist. In terms of scheduling I don’t know how it will all come out and I can’t even tell you if I’ve filmed Luke Cage . But I’m excited for Mike to have his own show. I know the tone of that show is going to be very different. We couldn’t expose a lot of Luke’s back story because he was getting his own show, so we explored him through Jessica’s point of view. I think that helped give him mystery and tees up his show.”
This explains one of the plot points that some fans had a problem with but I always assumed would be resolved eventually; Mike Colter’s Luke Cage didn’t have a full character arc in Jessica Jones season one because they were saving it for his solo series. As far as Jessica’s next solo outing Ritter was able to reveal that the second season will touch on some of the dangling plot threads left from season one. “I’m excited to see what happens next for Jessica, and the end of season one left a lot of doors open and questions unanswered. Kilgrave was her reason for getting up every morning. Saving people gave her purpose. I wonder how emotionally taxed she’s going to be now. That opens a lot of doors as to who will come out and play. We all live in the same universe, so there are endless possibilities.”
Marvel is doing something very different with its Netflix series and it’ll be interesting to see if they can truly stick the landing in The Defenders. As for Ritter I wish her good luck in filming two Netflix series back to back. With The Punisher in the works and still no confirmation on a third season for Daredevil fans will have to wait to see how all of these series will come together.
Luke Cage will debuted on Netflix on September 30, 2016. Iron Fist is currently filming its first season due out in 2017. The Defenders and Jessica Jones season two are set to start filming late this year with The Defenders rumored for release in late 2017. Daredevil seasons one and two and Jessica Jones season one are available for stream on Netflix.