While the Marvel Cinematic Universe is in chaos following the shocking events of Avengers: Infinity War, work on the small screen is still chugging along. Luke Cage will premiere its second season in just a few weeks, and fans were recently treated to Season 2 of Jessica Jones. The latter stars actress Krysten Ritter as the title character, who has battled with issues of PTSD, alcoholism, and abandonment throughout the show's first two seasons. Ritter recently revealed what she's hoping for Jessica during her third run on Netflix, saying:
Maybe we'll get to see her be a bit of a hero, maybe we get to see her move forward in a more positive way. Maybe we see her hating herself less.
Krysten Ritter certainly has some high hopes for her signature character, and you can't blame her. Between Jessica Jones and The Defenders, Ritter has been playing the private investigator for years. Considering how much good Jessica tries to do, she certainly deserves some peace.
Hardcore fans of Jessica Jones shouldn't be too surprised by Krysten Ritter's comments to ComicBook.com. Part of what makes Jessica such a great character is how clearly flawed she is. While superheroes aren't typically the most grounded of protagonists, Jessica's personal demons made her accessible to audiences. But now that we've seen her mostly miserable for years, perhaps the time has come for Jessica to truly love herself.
While a happy and cheery Jessica isn't what anyone is hoping for, we did get a glimpse of her softer side toward the end of Season 2. She cut ties with both Malcolm and Trish, finding a family in her new neighbor and his son. And with her feelings of resentment and loss with her mother finally worked through, Jess might be able to finally move on.
One possible way that Jessica Jones can bring its protagonist forward it by having its title character finally address her substance abuse issues. Jessica is an unapologetic alcoholic during the series, although she's able to function and focus when it comes down to it. This began as a coping method for the crippling PTSD Jessica had due to Kilgrave's abuse. While she's mostly managed to gain independence from the Purple Man, Jessica Jones has never given any indication that its protagonist was going to change her drinking habits.
Overall, the pressure is on for Jessica Jones to deliver for its third season. While the original season is some of Marvel's best small screen content, the second season wasn't quite as popular or acclaimed. Plenty of interesting seeds have been planned for future plot points, including Trish's long awaited transformation into Hellcat.