Marvel seems to be as on top of their game as ever. After dominating the world of superhero cinema for the past seven years, Marvel decided last year to revolutionize longform television series involving superheroes. First, they redeemed Daredevil in a way no one thought possible, with an explosive, violent, street level show. Then, they topped themselves with the gritty noir that is Jessica Jones. Jessica Jones blew fans away when it debuted on Netflix in November, partially by embracing what Marvel consistently does so well, which is to allow their properties to explore different genres, telling stories that happen to involve superheroes rather than trying to build a story around a superhero. This year fans are getting a second season of Daredevil, followed by a new series, Luke Cage, and it appears that the hits are going to keep on coming. Jessica Jones has been confirmed for a second season!
There are so many reasons to be excited for a second season of Jessica Jones. First off, showrunner Melissa Rosenberg is set to return. She was a driving force behind the show that gave us so many deep, textured characters of various races, genders, and sexual orientations. The first season was a wonderful psychological thriller, thoughtfully exploring themes such as consent, personal autonomy, abuse, and life thereafter. There seems to be a general consensus that thirteen episodes just wasn’t enough for the brilliant work done by Krysten Ritter, Rachel Taylor, and Carrie-Anne Moss. David Tennant and Mike Colter deserve praise for their work, too; however, it’s somewhere between questionable and highly doubtful that they’ll return for the second season. As if this weren’t all exciting enough, just imagine the prospect of Rachel Taylor coming fully into her superhero own as Hellcat.
In addition to all of these huge plans that Marvel has for Netflix, with Iron Fist to follow all of these shows to lead to an Avengers-style team up with The Defenders, NerdBastards also reported recently that Marvel is so pleased with Jon Bernthal‘s portrayal of the Punisher in season two of Daredevil that they’re beginning the process of developing a show just for that popular character as well. Marvel is also expanding their presence on ABC. Despite some floundering at first, Agents of SHIELD seems to have found its stride in its third and current season, exploring the existence of Inhumans in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. And to the ravenous anticipation of fans everywhere, Agent Carter makes her return tomorrow with a second season. In addition to existing shows, Marvel and ABC are moving forward with the half-hour sitcom Damage Control, an Agents of SHIELD spin-off with characters Lance Hunter and Bobbi Morse (Mockingbird) entitled Most Wanted, and two other shows.
It’s a great time to be a Marvel fan. The company is consistently churning out high quality material and it appears that fans can only look forward to more.
Are you excited for the second season of Jessica Jones? Where would you like to see the series go from season one?