If you’re like some of us here at CinemaBlend, then you spent a good chunk of your weekend binge-watching the hell out of the Marvel’s latest Netflix series Jessica Jones, which masterfully laid out the mentally damaging relationship between Krysten Ritter’s title character and her tormenter Kilgrave, played with perfection by David Tennant. It was so good that the prospect of a Season 2 is as exciting as anything else coming to Netflix. But there’s a good chance we might not get to see it for a while, assuming it even happens. The reason? The Defenders.
Showrunner Melissa Rosenberg laid out the chances while talking about whether or not there’s room for a Season 2 to come before the show-mashing miniseries The Defenders.
There certainly is storytelling wise. The question becomes is there actual time? There are logistics involved, because Defenders has to shoot by a certain time, contractually. Actually, I'm not sure; I'm not at all involved in those conversations, much to my dismay. The first question is whether or not we will even get a second season. The second question is, if so, when? Will it be before The Defenders or after? I'd certainly love it to be before but there are things that play into that — time, availability.
With two more series on the table before The Defenders gets here – Luke Cage and Iron Fist – it doesn’t seem too likely that we’ll get a Season 2 for anything other than Daredevil. That said, it’s possible that Jessica Jones Season 2 could run its production at the same time as The Defenders, which could make some sense assuming the locations used remain mostly the same. I mean, it’s possible The Defenders could pull an Avengers and take place in 40 different places, but probably not.
Assuming the other two standalone series, as well as the Man Without Fear’s sophomore season, air in 2016, production might not start on The Defenders until a year from now. Netflix usually puts in additional season orders for its shows fairly quickly, so we’ll likely get news of an official Season 2 pretty soon. But that technically has nothing to do with when the show would actually start filming.
Speaking of The Defenders, it remains to be seen just how involved each of the shows’ creators will be involved in forming the story. Here’s how Rosenberg feels about it, according to THR.
I'm a complete control freak when it comes to this character. I will do everything in my power to protect the character in whatever forms. They'll have to throw me kicking and screaming out of that building. But they own the property. They've really been inclusive thus far so I'm not really worried about it.
It would feel pretty strange to have all of these characters’ stories being furthered by a creative team that wasn’t invested in each of these seasons from the get-go. Here’s hoping the best possible outcome happens. And if that outcome happens to be “Season 2 of Jessica Jones is already being written and will go into production next month,” so be it.
Season 1 of Jessica Jones is currently available to stream in its 13-episode entirety on Netflix.