Between The Defenders and The Punisher, not to mention Iron Fist, Marvel’s Netflix-verse has had a busy old year – but throughout the largely male-driven series of events, one question has been lodged firmly in the back of our minds: what’s going on with Jessica Jones.
Warning: Spoilers for Season 1 follow.
Now, we have an answer, in the form of the first image of her in action during the second season, as well as an official synopsis. The show will pick up as the New York City private investigator (played, of course, by Krysten Ritter) is beginning to put her life back together after murdering her tormenter, Kilgrave. Now known throughout the city as a super-powered killer, a new case makes her reluctantly confront who she really is, while digging deeper into her past to explore the reasons why.
The new image follows an on-set photo released by Marvel earlier this year, confirming that the series had entered production once more and would feature the appearance of a surprising cast member – you can read more on that below the new photo.
Jessica Jones Season 2 is expected to premiere in 2018.
Jessica Jones Season 2 gets a surprise cast member
14th August 2017
Jessica Jones Season 2 has got a surprising new addition to its cast, as Marvel releases a new on-set photo of the superhero alongside an unexpected face.
Warning: Spoilers follow for Season 1 (and potentially Season 2) of Jessica Jones
Marvel’s series stars Krysten Ritter as the eponymous private detective, who, after a tragic ending to her short-lived stint of helping others, is rebuilding her personal life and career in New York City. The tragic ending to her superhero career involved Kigrave, her ex, who has the power to manipulate people’s minds. Using those abilities to torment and haunt Jessica, the show, created by Melissa Rosenberg, became a powerful, disturbing study of control and abuse – not least because of David Tennant’s creepy performance as Kilgrave.
Season 1 climaxed with Jessica becoming strong enough to be immune to his powers, snapping his villainous neck and freeing her life of his clutches. Now, though, Marvel has revealed that Tennant will appear once more in Season 2 of the show, releasing a photo of Ritter and Tennant hanging out mid-production.
Tennant joins a growing cast of new faces, including Janet McTeer as an unnamed character who will have “an enormous impact” on Jessica’s life and JR Ramirez as Oscar, a single dad and the new superintendent in her building, whose son becomes enamoured with Jessica and her abilities.
How exactly will Kilgrave have survived his seemingly clear-cut death? Has he been resurrected by The Hand? Is it merely a flashback or a dream? Or, perhaps more likely, a drunken hallucination?
Marvel is keeping its lips sealed, telling fans they’ll “just have to wait and see”, although it’s unlikely that a full resurrection is on the cards, if Marvel is willing to announce his appearance so publicly in advance.
What we do know is that shooting on the sophomore run is now underway, as the rest of the world awaits the return of Jessica Jones in The Defenders, which lands on Netflix this Friday. Here’s our review of the anticipated crossover event series – or, for more on Jessica Jones, read our review of Season 1.
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JR Ramirez joins Jessica Jones Season 2
2nd August 2017
With The Defenders almost here, Jessica Jones is still on course for an expected 2018 return – and she’s quickly racking up some friends for her second season.
Janet McTeer was announced earlier this year as signing up for the show’s sophomore run, but now, EW reports that JR Ramirez has also joined the ensemble. Aside from continuing a trend for casting supporting actors whose names begin with “J”, Ramirez’s addition to the show marks an interesting step for the programme, as it suggests that Jessica will not necessarily be keeping her powers secret in the future.
He will play Oscar, a single dad and the new superintendent in the alcoholic private detective’s building. According to EW, while his son becomes enamoured with Jessica and her abilities, Oscar keeps his distance, afraid of the trouble that follows “people like her”.
Ramirez will be a familiar face for superhero fans, as alongside a role in Power, he’s also appeared in Arrow.
“J.R. is an incredible addition to our cast, bringing complex and subtle emotion and humor,” executive producer Melissa Rosenberg told EW. “He exudes warmth, edge and intelligence, and blends perfectly with our tone.”
Janet McTeer joins Jessica Jones Season 2
7th April 2017
Janet McTeer has joined the cast for Season 2 of Jessica Jones.
The show, which premiered back in 2015, stood out from the rest of Marvel’s Hell’s Kitchen heroes for its themes and subject matter, which explored more than the usual comic book roots of the character to delve into issues of abusive relationships and control. Showrunner Melissa Rosenberg has already made it clear that Season 2 won’t shy away from continuing to tackle sexism, with all 13 episodes of the second run to be helmed by women.
Now, Marvel have announced that Krysten Ritter’s Jones will also be joined by an additional female in front of the camera: Janet McTeer.
The Golden Globe-winning star of Albert Nobbs and Tumbleweeds will star as an undisclosed character, although Marvel says that she “will have an enormous impact on Jessica’s life”.
“We are so fortunate to have an actress of Janet’s talent and stature join what is already an incredible cast,” comments Marvel’s Head of Television and Executive Producer, Jeph Loeb. “Our second season of Marvel’s Jessica Jones aims to capture what audiences loved about our first, and Janet will be key to achieving that goal.
“We couldn’t possibly be more excited to work with Ms. McTeer for our second season,” adds Rosenberg. Her gravitas and authenticity are the perfect ingredients for all we’re trying to create this year. She disappears into roles, gives her characters extraordinary dimension and depth. We’re incredibly fortunate to be able to collaborate with her.”
“Janet McTeer is the consummate actor, slipping seamlessly into each character she brings to life,” says Cindy Holland, Vice President of original content at Netflix. “We’re thrilled to have her join the outstanding cast, led by the fearless Krysten Ritter.”
The news is a reassuring sign that the show is continuing to make progress in its journey back to our screens – and, with The Defenders now confirmed as premiering in August 2017, production will be ramping back up for a hopeful 2018 release date.