Marvel's latest foray into the world of television has been a huge success, as Daredevil's fresh perspective on the Marvel Cinematic Universe provided fans with all the gritty, down to earth, fun vigilante antics they could hope for. And there's only more to come! With Daredevil season 2 premiering in early 2016, and AKA Jessica Jones coming later this year, Netflix are really spoiling us with their build up to the Defenders franchise.
So what's in store for everyone's favourite blind bandit? Will we be seeing him team up with new allies in the form of Jessica Jones? And just how does this all lead in to the Defenders? We did some digging, and what we found might surprise you!
Season 2: what we know so far
Just in case you haven't been keeping your ear to the ground, here's a round up of all the news we've had so far about season 2.
- All the regular cast members will return, including Rosario Dawson (and we'll be seeing much more of Claire next season!)
- Though he's in prison, Wilson Fisk will still be a thorn in Matt's side, and may take up the role of Kingpin (or could Vanessa continue his legacy?)
- Karen Page's mysterious backstory will be revealed
- Elodie Yung joins the cast as Elektra (and yes, romantic sparks will fly between her and Matt)
- Jon Bernthal's The Punisher will clash with Daredevil, causing Matt to question his boundaries and morality
- Although showrunner Steven DeKnight is pursuing other projects, he's confident about the future of the show, and The Punisher's plotline in particular.
So far so good! But we won't have to wait until 2016 to see the Hell's Kitchen gang again...
Crossovers in AKA Jessica Jones!
Jeph Loeb has confirmed that we will be seeing multiple Daredevil characters in AKA Jessica Jones, and head writer Melissa Rosenberg revealed that Claire Temple will be dropping in every now and then. With the trouble she's sure to run into, Jessica will definitely need some patching up! After meeting at the hospital and recognising another vigilante hero, could Claire provide the vital link to Matt Murdock, and introduce Jones to her new ally?
However, Loeb wants fans to tune in to AKA Jessica Jones for more than just Daredevil cameos. He's confident in the show, and can't wait audiences to fall in love with the new characters.
"Our feeling is right now, the shows that we’re doing on Netflix are so young and so new, we need people to get to know Matt, and Foggy, and Karen, and we need people to get to know Jessica Jones and Trish Walker and Luke Cage. Trust us. Get to know the characters, invest in them, and then...There will be some crossovers."
So what can we expect from AKA Jessica Jones?
Not your average hero
As Daredevil was "a crime drama first, then a superhero show", AKA Jessica Jones will be first and foremost a "psychological thriller" that tackles the consequences of abuse as Jones struggles to find her purpose.
The show will apparently go to some "dark, emotional places", but don't think Jessica Jones is going to sell us a sob story. Krysten Ritter revealed that Jones is not one to feel sorry for herself...
"She's a brawler. You piss her off and boom! You're down! She's not out to save the city. She's out to make rent."
This will make a nice change from Matt Murdock, whose dedication to protecting Hell's Kitchen was a key element of Daredevil's first season. So we're not going to be getting Daredevil 2.0 with AKA Jessica Jones: this is definitely a new story, with very different motives and priorities at play. And we can't wait to see how Jessica and Matt clash when they eventually cross paths!
Forming The Defenders
Just like the MCU built up to 2012's The Avengers, Netflix also have a plan for their own superhero team. They're following the same structure as the films, with the individual characters' standalone shows being introduced before their eventual team up. And they're definitely racing ahead with this: chief content officer Ted Sarandos revealed that there will be a new Defenders standalone show EVERY SIX MONTHS!
"Then they will cross over and do a combined season [The Defenders] once we’ve launched the first season of each of the four characters. Some will selectively have multiple seasons, as they come out. The cadence of it, though, we believe, will probably be about two launches a year."
There's even the possibility for The Punisher to get his own solo show. And with new shows every few months, we're certainly not going to be bored! So stay tuned for more from Nelson & Murdock (Avocados At Law), as well as Jessica Jones' debut.