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Seven months after Daredevil premiered successfully on Netflix, Marvel released the next show for the streaming service: Jessica Jones. Based on the Alias series from writer Brian Michael Bendis, Jessica Jones followed the eponymous character's life as a private investigator one year after she was tortured and raped by the mind-controlling Kilgrave. When he returns to her life, she's forced to step up and try to stop him, no matter what darkness she finds along the way. It's perhaps the darkest entry yet in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, but like Daredevil, it earned praise from fans and critics alike.
Two months after it premiered, Marvel announced that Jessica Jones would return for a second season. It will be a while until the series makes its grand return on Netflix, but in the meantime, we've gathered up all the information released so far on what to expect from the sophomore season and possible plot points it might adapt from the comics. Here's what we know about Jessica Jones Season 2.
Needless to say, there will be spoilers for Jessica Jones Season 1 from this point forward.
The Release Date
No release date has been set for Jessica Jones Season 2 yet, and while we originally speculated that it could premiere sometime in 2016. that obviously didn't happen. Since Iron Fist, The Defenders and The Punisher have 2017 all covered, the soonest we can expect Jessica Jones' second season to come out is in 2018 at the earliest, presumably sometime after Daredevil Season 3 is released to the masses.
Unlike Daredevil, which saw Doug Petrie and Marco Ramirez take over showrunning duties following Steven DeKnight's departure, it looks like Jessica Jones will keep Melissa Rosenberg in charge for its second season. Before Jessica Jones, Rosenberg's TV credits included Hercules: The Legendary Journeys, Birds of Prey, The O.C. and Dexter. She's also notable for writing all the Twilight movies. Considering how well received Jessica Jones Season 1 was, Marvel is wise to keep Rosenberg as showrunner. Hopefully, the quality of the series can be maintained and even exceeded.
As the time of this writing, no details about Jessica Jones Season 2's plot have been officially disclosed, and there weren't that many clues left towards the show's future at the end of Season 1. The only major plot thread left hanging was the mysterious organization IGH, which not only supplied Will Simpson with his Combat Enhancers (more on that later), but also paid Jessica's medical bills following the car crash that killed her mother, father and brother. It's still unclear whether they were the ones who caused the crash or if they even somehow gave her those special abilities, but there's definitely a connection, and now that Trish has those files she received from her mother, she and Jessica should be able to dig up some information. These folks are too important not to follow up on. Maybe IGH was also connected to the experiments that Kilgrave's parents were running on him and other children.
Aside from IGH, the only other thing that's guaranteed is Jessica protecting her section of New York City from another threat, whether that threat has special abilities or is simply resourceful. Besides Kilgrave, other villains Jessica has battled in the comics are Norman Osborn and Typhoid Mary, but it seems more likely that the show will pluck a bad guy from a different corner of the Marvel universe. Presumably, Jessica's appearance in The Defenders will also lay the foundation for Jessica Jones Season 2, seeing as how Season 2 arrives after that miniseries.
Over 13 episodes, we saw how much Kilgrave's manipulation had tainted Jessica's life, and once she discovered he was still alive, she immediately set out to stop his reign of terror. While originally intending to simply imprison him and have him confess his crimes, Hope's death pushed her to end him permanently. It helped that he no longer had any control over Jessica, allowing her to deceive him into trusting her and snuffing out his life in an instant. The monster who ruined her life was finally gone.
Unfortunately, post-traumatic stress doesn't just go away, and even though Kilgrave is dead, he's still going to loom over her life. Along with the other tragedies she's dealt with, Jessica is a hardened individual, and that's not likely to change. So, while following her career as a private investigator, Season 2 will also continue to explore her struggling with her inner demons. While it's doubtful she'll ever fully embrace being a superhero, maybe she can at least move closer to feeling more at peace with the world.
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