“How The Defenders Is Affecting Jessica Jones Season 2”

“The first season of Netflix’s Jessica Jones was as excellent as anything else in Marvel’s live-action library, in large part because of the well-crafted relationship between the titular badass and her nemesis Kilgrave. Jessica will be moving on in Season 2, though we’re not quite sure where that will be, since it isn’t scheduled to premiere until after The Defenders brings the street-level heroes together. If you’re like me, you’re wondering how this interconnected process will go down, and Jessica Jones‘ showrunner Melissa Rosenberg has thankfully explained how the creative teams are handling things.

My colleagues Marco Ramirez and Doug Petrie, who are doingDefenders, they’ve shared material. We’ve sat down for many conversations about what are they doing, what’s happening with Jessica? They want my input, they want all the different showrunners’ input on the characters that they’re most familiar with. . . . They enjoy collaboration, which is not always the case, and they listen, and we listen to them. We’re really trying to find a way to respond to the things that they want to do, and them to respond to the things we want to do. So far so good. It’s working out.

That’s a pretty fantastic way of tackling the complicated process of telling a story with a character that’s currently in someone else’s hands. Melissa Rosenberg no doubt has lots of ideas and tentative plans for where Jessica’s life is headed in the second season, but those ideas and plans are somewhat hindered by how the character is used in The Defenders, so a lack of strong communication between everyone involved would be inauspicious at best.

It’s awesome to hear that Marco Ramirez and Doug Petrie are so welcoming when it comes to all the other creators’ input. (The two men ran Daredevil in Season 2, so that part’s covered, but there’s also Luke Cage‘s Cheo Hodari Coker and Iron Fist‘s Scott Buck…)”



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