We already know that a second season of Jessica Jones is on its way and will supposedly begin shooting immediately after The Defenders wraps, but we know very little about either at the moment or how character depictions will differ across shows. Jessica Jones showrunner, Melissa Rosenberg has assured fans that the character of Jessica Jones won’t differ much between the two shows.
When writing Jessica Jones season 2 Rosenberg said she often has to check in with Petrie and Marco Ramirez, the Daredevil Season 2 show-runners which will be helming The Defenders, about where Jessica will end up, but it’s extremely easy as they’re just across the hall.
“None of [the characters] are stopping their character arcs, they’re just taking this incredible epic detour then going back into their own respective pools,” said Petrie.
“It’s been really nice because also we’re fans of Jessica Jones. It’s this weird feeling of the first time I wrote dialogue for Jessica, I was typing in my office, and I go, like, ‘This is thrilling. Is it right? It’s like, is it my Jessica? Is it your Jessica? Is it the Jessica? Is it Kristen’s Jessica? Is it Marvel’s?'” he said. “The answer is yes, all of those, as the character grows and expands, but we couldn’t possibly move forward without Mel and without Kristen and their incredible relationship and their friendship and their collaboration. We just feel like we’re swimming in the same stream.”
Rosenberg also mentioned how they could set up season 2 and other post-Defenders character arcs in The Defenders itself.
“What’s nice for us over on our side of the hall, is if we think — we’re still shaping what we want to do, but we’re like, maybe we can set them up over in the Defenders, let’s go talk to Doug and Marco, and we’re like, ‘Hey, what do you think about this?’ So it’s nice, we’ve started gathering and thinking about where we’re going. We have a big job in front of us. The bar was set pretty high.”
Rosenberg also mentioned how that like season one pulled heavily from the Alias comic run, season two will still pull from it where they can. Season two will not however retread similar territory as Killgrave is done and won’t be created again. They intend to spend more time with Jessica Jones’ supporting characters and “some new characters that are only interesting in how they relate to our existing characters. We can really get into some very interesting aspects of their characters and where they’re from, where they’re going, all these things. I’m super excited about that.”
Whether or not The Defenders sparks other characters in Hell’s Kitchen’s fire for taking action such as Trish Walker remains to be seen.
“[There’s] always the promise,” Rosenberg said. “I mean, for me, the character of Trish is so rich, Hellcat or not. She’s already bad-ass. What’s most interesting to me is their relationship. You know, that friendship, that sisterhood. That’s the core of the show. That’s the core relationship of the show.”
The Defenders is planned to hit Netflix sometime in mid-2017.