Jessica Jones will be back for a second season. Netflix announced that it has renewed the series during its presentation at the Television Critics Association press tour in Pasadena, Calif., bringing back its second show based on a Marvel Comics title. The second season of Daredevil will debut on the streaming network March 18.
Apparently, Jessica Jones‘ producers learned the news when Netflix president Ted Sarandos made the announcement and were caught a bit by surprise. But as you might expect, showrunner Melissa Rosenberg had some definite thoughts on where she’d like the series to go in a second season.
“I think I just want to continue with her character,” Rosenberg told reporters after Netflix’s presentation, including Variety‘s Laura Prudom. “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 says she intends to use more stories from Brian Michael Bendis’ Alias comic book series, where the Jessica Jones character debuted. But season one already utilized the comics’ best storyline with Jones (played by Krysten Ritter) facing her past and the trauma she suffered under the mind control of Kilgrave (David Tennant). Season one ended on a rather final note, though the repercussions of those events could certainly influence the narrative of season two.
Other storylines from Alias‘ 28-issue comic book run include the superpowered private detective searching for a missing girl rumored to have superhuman abilities and Jones looking into her past, learning how she gained her powers. Jessica Jones‘ first season alluded to the character’s origins, with Jones gaining her abilities after an automobile accident. Her foster mother revealed that a mysterious corporation had covered Jones’ medical bills, the same company with a connection to the experimental drug that gave police officer Will Simpson abnormal strength and reflexes. That seems like a natural direction for the show to follow next.
Of course, season two could also be influenced by what happens in the first season of Luke Cage, which will debut on Netflix later this year. Jones and Cage developed a relationship in season one, and in the comic books, the two characters eventually get married and have a child. That might be moving a bit fast for the two TV shows, but those storylines certainly provide a template from Rosenberg and her writing staff to work from.
Additionally, all of the Netflix Marvel shows will eventually culminate in a team-up miniseries titled The Defenders. That lineup could also include The Punisher, which Netflix is reportedly ready to develop into a spinoff series from season two of Daredevil. Whether or not that pushes The Defenders back or if The Punisher will even be a part of that team-up is uncertain.
Netflix did not announce when season two of Jessica Jones would premiere, but it’s likely that the show will be available some time next year, perhaps in the spring.