While the Marvel Cinematic Universe is a massively successful and ever expanding place, there is still room for improvement. Sure, the blockbusters and TV shows rake in tons of money and viewership, but up until now it hasn't been the most diverse place. But things are changing, with projects like Luke Cage, Spider-Man: Homecoming, and Black Panther featuring more actors and directors of color, and Captain Marvel and Ant-Man and the Wasp finally putting female superheroes on the front line. Neflix's Jessica Jones also starred a layered and flawed female superhero, and now it appears that strong female influences will also be present behind the camera.
Last night was the annual Transform Hollywood symposium, and Jessica Jones' creator and executive producer Melissa Rosenberg revealed some exciting news for the show's second season. Every episode of Jessica Jones' sophomore season will be directed by females. This news first hit the web courtesy of Variety's Mo Ryan, who posted the news on her personal Twitter page.
Do you hear that? It's the sound of the glass ceiling breaking.
This is pretty awesome news for critics of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. While the MCU's first two phases revolved around straight white men, things have finally started to diversify. Luke Cage was widely acclaimed for how unapologetically black the show was, focusing on the African American experience in New York and stylistically exploring the blaxploitation genre. And now Jessica Jones will be able to bring a female voice to the forefront of the universe- exploring the nature of Jessica and Trish's female friendship while also featuring the direction work of female directors.
The Netflix Marvel Universe is known for creating utterly human stories that are set in an otherwise fantastic world. Jessica Jones has superhuman strength, but she's not a particularly accomplished fighter. She brawls during battles, untrained in martial arts and how to properly use her strength to her advantage. Additionally, much of Jessica's story revolves around the post traumatic stress disorder that was triggered due to her abuse and mind control by Kilgrave. And while she defeated her villain at the end of Season 1, the second season will still see the after affects of Kilgrave's influence.
Jessica Jones' second season does not yet have a release date, but production will happen at the same time as the Defenders miniseries. Stick with CinemaBlend for updates on all things Marvel.