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‘Marvel’s Jessica Jones’ Season 2 Aims to Keep Comics Inspiration, Delve Further into Hero’s Backstory

After a critically acclaimed first season, it was no surprise that Netflix renewed “Marvel’s Jessica Jones” for a second season during its presentation at the Television Critics Association press tour in Pasadena, Calif. on Sunday morning.

Intel on Season 2 was sparse at the show’s panel, since, per Marvel TV boss Jeph Loeb, “We learned about the pickup when you guys learned about it, so we’re at that stage of just going ‘yay!'”

Showrunner Melissa Rosenberg did shed a little light on her hopes for Season 2 after the panel, telling reporters, “I think I just want to continue with her character. She’s a very damaged character and her damage goes beyond Kilgrave [David Tennant]. There’s a lot to mine from in her backstory and in her present day situation. I think we’ll find something.”

Rosenberg shared that she doesn’t know when work on the new season will start, or whether she’ll be collaborating with writers from any of the other Marvel-Netflix series (“Daredevil,” “Luke Cage” and “Iron Fist”) leading up to “The Defenders” crossover, but said that she intends to continue utilizing story ideas from Brian Michael Bendis’ series of “Alias” comics, where Jessica Jones debuted.

“I will always use as much as I possibly can from the comic book,” Rosenberg said, noting that they’ll have to allow for deviations given the differences in the mythology between the Marvel comics and ongoing Marvel Cinematic Universe. “The MCU is very different in terms of its mythology. In the books, everyone knows superheroes are walking around, there’s a lot of things building toward Secret Wars. We’re probably not going to be able to do a totally parallel storylines. But I take every little piece I can because it’s so good.”

While Rosenberg admitted that it was both intimidating and exciting to think of having to come up with a villain to follow Kilgrave, she didn’t consider keeping him around past season one, since “the show is about Jessica Jones; the story is about Jessica’s arc,” and thus everything had to be in service to her journey.

When asked about Jessica’s mental state at the end of the season, given her final defeat of Kilgrave, star Krysten Ritter said, “For Jessica, that final moment, that victorious triumphant moment, I found that very conflicting in terms of her headspace. He’s the reason why she got up every day. He’s the reason why she went out in the world… it really gave her a purpose, and the past trauma doesn’t go away with his death.”

As for Luke Cage, who will move on to his own series following the events of “Jessica Jones,” actor Mike Colter teased, “Luke is completely exhausted emotionally — where he goes will be directly related to where he came from… It leaves us in a great position for when we meet again, whether that’s in ‘The Defenders’ or ‘Jessica Jones’ Season 2.”

(Additional reporting by Maureen Ryan.)

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