Over the weekend, Netflix announced that Jessica Jones would return for a second season. This shouldn’t come as much of a surprise considering all of the accolades and attention that the show received, but apparently it was a bit of a shock for Marvel TV head Jeph Loeb, who told reporters on Sunday that he found out at the same time as everyone else.
“We learned about the pickup when you guys learned about it, so we’re at that stage of just going ‘yay!'” said Loeb.
Thankfully, that wasn’t all that the team had to saw about the second season, as Variety reports that showrunner Melissa Rosenberg was on hand to discuss her potential plans for Jessica.
“I think I just want to continue with her character,” Rosenberg told reporters. “She’s a very damaged character and her damage goes beyond Kilgrave. There’s a lot to mine from in her backstory and in her present day situation. I think we’ll find something.”
Rosenberg hasn’t gotten word on when production on the second season will begin or whether or not she will be collaborating with the other writers and showrunners leading up to the premiere of The Defenders, but she wants to continue to utilize the stories from the Alias comic books as long as she has control of Jessica Jones.
“I will always use as much as I possibly can from the comic book,” Rosenberg said. “The MCU is very different in terms of its mythology. In the books, everyone knows superheroes are walking around, there’s a lot of things building toward Secret Wars. We’re probably not going to be able to do a totally parallel storylines. But I take every little piece I can because it’s so good.”
Rosenberg also told the audience that keeping Kilgrave around for more than one season was never in the cards, but as star Krysten Ritter explains, his defeat is going to have a permanent effect on the character:
“For Jessica, that final moment, that victorious triumphant moment, I found that very conflicting in terms of her headspace. He’s the reason why she got up every day. He’s the reason why she went out in the world… it really gave her a purpose, and the past trauma doesn’t go away with his death.”
Mike Colter, who was introduced as Luke Cage during the first season of Jessica Jones, says that Luke is “completely exhausted emotionally” after tangling with Jessica and Kilgrave, but believes the character is “in a great position,” for when he inevitably meets back up with Jessica, whether that’s in The Defenders or the second season of Jessica Jones.