Marvel’s Jessica JonesLatest News and Opinion
Posted Monday 5/14/18 at 11:28PM EDT
Jessica Jones addressing its diversity problem after showrunner admitted “there aren’t enough women of color in meaningful roles”
The Netflix series is reportedly adding four new roles, two of which are for minority women. "Jessica Jones does an excellent job of depicting its white female characters as three-dimensional people with rich, complicated interior lives," says Charles Pulliam-Moore. "But more often than not, that richness comes at the expense of the characters of color who end up being hurt or killed as a result of their connections to Jessica, Trish Walker, and Jeri Hogarth."
Posted Wednesday 4/25/18 at 10:49PM EDT
Finally, there are TV shows saying it's okay for women to be single
Jessica Jones, The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel, UnReal, Being Mary Jane and the upcoming Dietland are "pushing the boundaries of what single womanhood looks like, spotlighting complex, wildly different stories about women who just happen to be unattached ― and might not be immediately compelled to become otherwise," says Emma Gray.
Posted Tuesday 4/24/18 at 1:57AM EDT
Marvel's TV Universe was able to flourish into a powerhouse without Marvel's Cinematic Universe
Being disconnected from the Marvel movies has allowed for more diversification among Marvel's TV offerings, including a teen show like Runaways. As James Whitbrook explains, "not having to worry about whatever Captain America or Iron Man are up to, S.H.I.E.L.D. has branched out into telling wild and wonderful stories way beyond its original premise as Marvel’s spy show, and has allowed the Netflix shows to turn The Defenders into its own full-on event series of connected characters. There may have been stumbles along the way, but the TV side of things has become stronger than ever before, and has done so without getting to rest on the laurels of connections to the movies. Maybe one day, when the stars align in the most specific of ways, Marvel’s TV heroes could show up in the movies, and vice versa. But for now, as Marvel’s movieverse prepares to celebrate 10 years of being one big happy family, its distant cousins on TV have spent half that time being quite all right on their own—even if that may not have been what was intended from the get-go."
Posted Friday 4/20/18 at 10:50PM EDT
Netflix should begin wrapping up its Marvel series after one season
From Jessica Jones to Daredevil, Marvel shows have experienced a sophomore slump. 'It’s as if these writing teams are trying to write their seasons as if they’re runs on a comic book—with one story arc ending, and another beginning mid-season—and it doesn’t work," says Teresa Jusino.
Posted Thursday 4/12/18 at 3:02PM EDT
Jessica Jones renewed for Season 3
Netflix's pickup of the Krysten Ritter Marvel series comes one month after the premiere of Season 2.
Posted Friday 4/06/18 at 10:24PM EDT
How Janet McTeer ended up wearing "that fabulous wig" on Jessica Jones
"Originally, they wanted me to use my own hair, which is short and relatively blonde from something else I’d been doing," the actress tells Vulture. "I felt like it had no threat in it, nothing scary about it. I just kept thinking, We’re going to see this woman do all these murders, and it would be fun to see something a little more unusual. I suggested that we try like 20 different wigs on, and we put on this long, shaggy wig and everybody went, 'Yep, that’s the one.' It looks slightly dangerous, slightly ex-hippie, slightly like an older Jessica. Kind of like Patti Smith, whom I happen to love. And I wanted a bit of all of that."
Posted Friday 3/30/18 at 1:40PM EDT
Marvel's Jessica Jones releases the full version of Trish's music video
“I Want Your Cray Cray” offers many inside details of the life of Rachael Taylor's character.
Posted Friday 3/23/18 at 9:54PM EDT
Krysten Ritter didn't realize how much sexism she had been exposed to until the #MeToo and Time's Up movements
The Jessica Jones star tells Harper's Bazaar: “It does make you do an emotional inventory of your career, and your life, and all of a sudden you’re f*cking enraged. You look back and kind of hate yourself for giggling through it, or for not knowing what to say — I went back and remembered things that I’d totally forgotten about, just shoved under the rug.”
Posted Friday 3/16/18 at 10:02PM EDT
Watching Jessica Jones is like being in an insomniac support group
The Netflix series has an appeal for insomniacs, says Matt Brennan. "If sleeplessness is as deep in your sinews as it is in mine, in fact, Jessica Jones might be comfortingly familiar," he says. "Its near-silences and fugue states are those of the sheep-counter and the infomercial-watcher, the last-call loner and the midnight flâneur, the obsessive, the worrywart, the livewire, the night owl. The series comes to resemble the Season One meetings held by survivors of its supervillain’s mind control: It’s an insomniac support group, attuned to the frustrations and consolations of being awake. For most TV characters—for most people—a sleepless night is tantamount to torture. For Jessica Jones, though—for nighthawks like me—it can also be seductive." ALSO: What Jessica Jones understands about female rage.
Posted Friday 3/09/18 at 11:05PM EST
Jessica Jones creator explains the Season 2 finale
Melissa Rosenberg says of Season 2: "It was really designed differently from season 1, like a 13-hour movie, you know? Every piece builds on the other, and it gains momentum. It’s not a repeat of season 1. The characters are definitely coming off of season 1 but it’s its own animal, and I hope every season will be its own animal."
Posted Friday 3/09/18 at 11:05PM EST
Why are TV detectives always sad?
"If the premise of a TV show is that a detective searches for justice, it follows that the detective will be almost unbearably sad," says Kathryn VanArendonk. "Her ability to do her job will occasionally be hindered by her alcoholism, or her post-traumatic stress, or her grief. A scene depicting professional competence will come hand in hand with a scene where the detective walks into his sad lonely apartment and eats out of a can while hunched on a mattress sitting on the floor. Searches for social justice are fueled by the need for personal vengeance. It’s so common, it’s now difficult to even imagine a happy detective."
Posted Friday 3/09/18 at 7:02AM EST
Is Jessica Jones the perfect superheroine for the #MeToo era?
Jessica Jones is able to tap into the #MeToo and Time's Up zeitgeist in a way that even a female empowerment movie like Wonder Woman couldn't, says Ira Madison III. "The season wrapped shooting well before #MeToo had its moment, yet it fits within the ethos that helped create #MeToo," he says. "After the relative bliss of the Obama era and the idea that Hillary Clinton was on the horizon, a story like Jessica Jones may have resonated with only some part of the audience. But now, over a year later, women are fed up, angry, and well, over it. Jessica Jones feels like the culmination of that moment condensed into one television season." Jessica Jones creator Melissa Rosenberg hired only female directors for Season 2, and says of the timing: "This season, for me, is very personal. Borrowing from my own life or from the writers’ lives, it was really just coming from that. It wasn’t in any way trying to make any kind of statement."
- Season 2 is a potent exploration of female rage
- Jessica Jones is darker, edgier and more difficult in Season 2
- Why calling Jessica Jones a superhero is problematic
- Season 2 never finds the narrative depth that made Season 1 so compelling
- Season 2 lives up to its expectations, but it begins with a slog due to the lower stakes
- Melissa Rosenberg: "We were writing the second season during the whole Trump/Hillary election, and I was just so angry"
- Krysten Ritter on the #MeToo movement: "When all of that started coming out, we were all texting each other: 'Holy sh*t. We're doing this on our show"
Posted Thursday 3/08/18 at 12:17PM EST
To honor International Women's Day, MTV turns into "WTV" and Freeform is bleeping out the word "sorry"
Like McDonald's, MTV is flipping over its "M" to a "W" to celebrate women on this international holiday, while Freeform will carry a #NotSorry "meter" to count every time it bleeps a woman saying "sorry" throughout the day. CMT will celebrate with its first-ever "female music takeover," and Hulu is highlighting female-centric content on its homepage. Netflix, meanwhile, dropped Season 2 of Jessica Jones this morning in honor of International Women's Day, and after it midnight it will unveil David Letterman's interview with women's rights activist Malala Yousafzai on his talk show My Next Guest Needs No Introduction.
Posted Tuesday 2/20/18 at 9:05PM EST
Jessica Jones' new Season 2 trailer looks like it's promoting Season 1
Is the new Netflix promo the product of "lazy trailer cutting"?
Posted Wednesday 2/07/18 at 2:44PM EST
Netflix unveils a full-length Jessica Jones Season 2 trailer
Season 2 of the Marvel series, dropping on March 8, focuses on Krysten Ritter’s character exploring the cause of her family’s death.