Marvel + Netflix News Updates On Jessica Jones And Defenders

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Jessica Jones’ Showrunner Melissa Rosenberg Discusses Season 2 And Impact From The Defenders


Although a second season of Marvel’s Jessica Jones is forthcoming, the character will be making her next appearance in the The Defenders miniseries, slated for a debut sometime in 2017. Thanks to IGN, we have some new details on both of these shows.

To start, Jessica Jones showrunner Melissa Rosenberg and The Defenders / Daredevil Season 2 showrunners Doug Petrie and Marco Ramirez are collaborating on their respective series together, given the they share the same office space:

“Mel has had some really helpful thoughts,” said Petrie. “Mel has been f**king wonderful because she’s in this position of being a fellow artist and letting us do what we do, but at the same time loving her character and being protective of her character and wanting us to get it right and wanting to guide us and help up, but also let us be free. And she was walked that tight-rope so beautifully.

“There has to be people who are open to and enjoy collaboration,” Rosenberg added. “And not only with each other as partners in this, but with all the showrunners involved. I know I — I know all of us —  felt really included in the process.”

“It’s been really nice because also we’re fans of Jessica Jones. It’s this weird feeling of the first time I wrote dialogue for Jessica, I was typing in my office, and I go, like, ‘This is thrilling. Is it right? It’s like, is it my Jessica? Is it your Jessica? Is it the Jessica? Is it Kristen’s Jessica? Is it Marvel’s?'” he said. “The answer is yes, all of those, as the character grows and expands, but we couldn’t possibly move forward without Mel and without Kristen and their incredible relationship and their friendship and their collaboration. We just feel like we’re swimming in the same stream.”

“There has to be people who are open to and enjoy collaboration,” Rosenberg added. “And not only with each other as partners in this, but with all the showrunners involved. I know I — I know all of us —  felt really included in the process.”

This is really great news as collaboration always helps the creative process – especially when you have different characters sharing the spotlight in a TV series or film, while trying to keep the tone in check.

Rosenberg and Petrie / Ramirez have been discussing how Season 2 will follow up Season 1 while addressing the aftermath of The Defenders:

“What’s nice for us over on our side of the hall, is if we think — we’re still shaping what we want to do, but we’re like, maybe we can set them up over in the Defenders, let’s go talk to Doug and Marco, and we’re like, ‘Hey, what do you think about this?’ So it’s nice,” she said with a laugh, adding, “We’ve started gathering and thinking about where we’re going. We have a big job in front of us. The bar was set pretty high.”

Rosenberg also teased a little bit of the direction for Jessica Jones Season 2 as it will focus on new characters as focusing on the supporting ones as well, but Rosenberg will make sure to pull inspiration from the Alias comic arc:

“we’ll continue to pull from it if we can in the second.”

David Tennant’s Kilgrave was one of the most terrifying villains to appear in the MCU, but it seems Rosenberg and crew will be moving away from that.

“David Tennant’s [Kilgrave], we’ll never create that again. That is one of the great iconic characters played by a profoundly talented actor. The objective is not to match that, not to try to do that again,” Rosenberg said. Some new characters that are only interesting in how they relate to our existing characters.” Rosenberg teased “we can really get into some very interesting aspects of their characters and where they’re from, where they’re going, all these things. I’m super excited about that.”

Lastly, we know that The Defenders will have a major impact on our street level characters of the MCU and may give way to some new heroes. One character that immediately comes to mind is Trish Walker aka Hellcat, played by Rachael Taylor in Jessica Jones Season 1:

“[There’s] always the promise,” Rosenberg said. “I mean, for me, the character of Trish is so rich, Hellcat or not. She’s already bad-ass. What’s most interesting to me is their relationship. You know, that friendship, that sisterhood. That’s the core of the show. That’s the core relationship of the show.”

That’s it for now true believers! Stay tuned for more Marvel & Netflix news from TMR!

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