Although Ant-Man heralded the conclusion of Marvel's cinematic year, the Marvel train really isn't slowing down. We've got Agents of SHIELD Season 3 coming soon, and Netflix's Defenders series will soon get the addition of Jessica Jones in November.
An unexpected hit, Daredevil developed the MCU by adding a more grounded perspective to the slew of glossy Avengers movies and ABC's sleek spy caper shows. As with all of their properties, Marvel was playing the long game, and Daredevil marked the first show in a collection that would lead up to an eventual team up: the Defenders. Ambitious? Maybe. But so far their gamble is really paying off, and Netflix's subscription nature ensures that Marvel can finally get their darkest plotlines on the small screen.
Weaving characters and storylines between the shows with finesse, Netflix's corner of the Marvel universe is already proving to be very popular. So just how are all the Defenders shows connected? And what can we expect to see from the hotly anticipated Jessica Jones before Daredevil Season 2 next year?
Marvel's New Hero Team
Daredevil and Jessica Jones will be joined by Luke Cage (aka Power Man) and Iron Fist. All but Iron Fist have been cast, and Luke Cage will be appearing in Jessica Jones in addition to leading his own show in 2016. Yes, that's right, Netflix are planning to roll out a new Defenders solo show every 6 months for the next two years, as well as Daredevil season 2! Netflix's chief content officer Ted Sarandos delivered the revelation...
"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."
Continuing Netflix's tradition of showing the down to Earth side of superhero shenanigans, the Defenders will deal with criminals, mobs, and mafia rings, though the stakes will get higher as the shows continue. Ultimately though, the idea is to save people rather than saving the world.
As well as the leading roles crossing over to their team-mate's shows, we'll also see other characters guest star, most notably Claire Temple. Rosario Dawson's character is starting to look like the glue that holds the Defenders together: she's been confirmed to appear in Jessica Jones as well as to have a bigger role in Luke Cage's solo show.
This makes a lot of sense, as Claire Temple was originally a love interest for Luke Cage in the comics, but if Dawson's character is fated to fulfill the role of Night Nurse, her backalley hero hospice would be a great way to tie the shows together. And if the latest news for Jessica Jones is anything to go by, the Netflix gang will definitely need a bit of patching up from Claire...
Jessica Jones: Dark Psychological Thriller
As any comics fans will know, Jessica Jones' story is not an easy one. Originally Jessica Campbell, the young girl was adopted by the Jones family after a car crash killed her parents and incidentally gave her superpowers thanks to exposure to radioactive waste. With her pretty impressive powers (super strength and flight, among others), Jessica attempted a career as superhero Jewel, before being physically and psychologically tortured by villain Zebediah Killgrave (aka Purple Man). Jones then decided to become a private detective instead, heading her own agency Alias Investigations.
In keeping with Daredevil, Netflix will not shy away from Jessica's traumatic past in the new show. Showrunner Melissa Rosenberg already revealed she pushed Krysten Ritter to some "dark, emotional places", and Ritter recently gave us some more details about Jessica's story.
"Jessica Jones has been through a lot, and she is totally traumatised and she is really just trying to make a buck to buy a whiskey and stay alive, and that is it. She isn’t really interested in participating in any social communities, she has one friend, she keeps her world very small because that’s how she can remain in control."
Killgrave is also going to be a big part of the show, returning to Jessica's life and challenging her to deal with her past once again. David Tennant has been cast as Killgrave, and is reportedly doing a frighteningly good job at portraying the villain.
"[Jessica and Killgrave's] whole dynamic and relationship is like a roller coaster. A very sick and twisted rollercoaster that makes you throw up afterwards. The really really awful one."
By all accounts, Jessica Jones will go to some dark places, but the budding sleuth will not be alone in her struggles. Luke Cage is slated to provide a lot of support for Jessica, and though Ritter revealed he's only in about half of the show, his past and hero origins will also be important to the plot. Oh, and his romantic relationship with Jessica will explored too.
We've also got Jessica's best friend Trish Walker playing a big role in the story, and as the hero Hellcat she has connections to a more mystical side of the Marvel stories. Could she join the Defenders team and provide a link to Iron Fist's somewhat tricky magical origins? We're excited to find out!
Jessica Jones airs on November 20th, with Daredevil season 2 following in Spring 2016. You can check out the promo here, and remember to comment with your thoughts and reactions!