Anticipation for Marvel’s Netflix Jessica Jones will reach a fever pitch in the next few days, but once upon a time, showrunner Melissa Rosenberg nearly got the series off-ground at ABC, before Marvel ever started planning Netflix Defenders. So, what might have been different, and where might the Netflix Jessica Jones go in Season 2?

Long before Marvel started cementing its TV branch with the likes of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., Agent Carter, or the various Netflix series, Rosenberg had actually worked on Jessica Jones with an eye for ABC, and apparently outside of the MCU as we know it. Speaking with Deadline, Rosenberg offered a bit of insight into how the original Jessica Jones differed from the finished version on Netflix:


It’s very different, in terms of the mythology and the Marvel Universe. Back when I was developing the idea, we were really doing something closer to what was in the comic book. By that, I mean in terms of civilians in the street knew that superpowers were an everyday matter of fact. There was a lot of back and forth with people who were prejudice against people with powers, and vice versa.

When it finally ended up at Netflix, they really decided to land it in the Marvel Universe that exists in the cinematic universe. That changes the story entirely. It was no longer about the other, which is what that metaphor was. It’s really more about the character herself, which I love.


Daredevil somewhat unexpectedly garnered a second season, muddying initial interpretations of Netflix’s four 13-episode series and an eight-part miniseries deal, but could Jessica Jones too end up with a second run? Rosenberg expressed her desire to return, should Marvel and Netflix order another round, though the story might take on more of an ensemble approach, than rely as heavily on Krysten Ritter:


I think one of the things I would be able to do now, that’s harder to do in the first season, is to really expand on the ensemble. Poor Krysten Ritter, she was in every scene that we shot, we beat the crap out of her. She was a shell of a human being by the time we ended, and that is not sustainable. But when you have a show that’s called Jessica Jones, if Jessica Jones isn’t in a scene the rest of it become almost irrelevant until you earn other character storylines. You’ve got to flesh out those characters enough that you can travel.

So, I would hope to further expand on the ensemble, and on Jessica’s world. She ends in a very different place than she started off. She’s still going to be Jessica Jones — that is not going to change. She will continue to drink and make mistakes, and accidentally drop people onto train tracks, but something has changed for her by the end of this season, and I’d just love to explore that in the second season.


Time will tell how quickly Marvel makes any kind of decision on Jessica Jones’ future, but would the series have been as interesting on ABC, outside of Marvel’s continuity? What can we hope for from a second season?


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