Marvel’s Jessica JonesLatest News and Opinion
Posted Wednesday 12/12/18 at 4:39PM EST
Don't expect to see Netflix's Marvel characters on any non-Netflix show or movie in the near future
"Fans of the Marvel Television series recently canceled by Netflix who hope to see the shows revived on Disney+ may be out of luck," reports Variety. Sources tell the trade magazine "that the deal for the original four Marvel shows includes a clause that prevents the characters from appearing in any non-Netflix series or film for at least two years after cancellation. That means that Daredevil, Luke Cage, and Iron Fist — which were all canceled this year at Netflix — could not come to the Disney streaming service until 2020 at the earliest." Variety says the chances of those characters being revived elsewhere is a "long shot." "And even if they did go to Disney+ as soon as possible," Variety reports, "they would be doing so without Jessica Jones, which is set to air its third season on Netflix sometime in 2019. If that show is canceled, which now seems likely but is by no means a guarantee, it could not go elsewhere until 2021."
Posted Tuesday 12/11/18 at 10:14PM EST
Why are Marvel series missing from Netflix's list of most binge-worthy shows of 2018?
On My Block came out on top as the No. 1 binged show on Netflix in 2018, but why aren't there any Marvel shows listed? "Netflix makes a point of indicating that the list’s rankings aren’t reflective of a show’s overall popularity, which makes one wonder what the point of publishing the list in the first place was, if that’s the case," says Charles Pulliam-Moore. "But the Marvel shows’ complete absence from the report is telling in and of itself. Depending on how you look at it, either Netflix is owning up to the fact that a lot of people are really feeling the Marvel binge fatigue, especially after a handful of seasons of rather lackluster solo series...or this could just be Netflix’s very polite way of acknowledging that its little corner of the MCU is truly coming to an end."
Posted Wednesday 10/24/18 at 9:03PM EDT
Luke Cage's cancelation isn't that disappointing because it wasn't black enough, and its quality suffered in trying to appeal to everybody
The Netflix version of the Marvel character was specially built not to alienate non-white audiences, says Noel Ransome. Or as Mike Colter put it, he was supposed to be superhero, not a black superhero. "Interestingly enough, it’s that stance that made Luke Cage, the character, the worst part of his own show," says Ransome. "He was the principled, sullen and reluctant vigilante that felt disappointingly wooden. He was the Old Navy mannequin experiencing sentiency through a script. Through season one, his main pathos and character conflicts stood outside of himself; Luke Cage vs. Cottonmouth...Luke Cage Vs. Bushmaster. Beyond that, he was altruistic to the point of feeling stale. Characters Daredevil and Jessica Jones felt comparatively honest because their internal conflicts were real and severely broken in a, I’m-not-trusting-these-fools-with-my-life sort of way. Sure, there was a play Luke's humanity through an animosity driven arc with his father and his anger; but he was still engrained to be a flawless presentation for both white and black viewers; the complete antidote to the negative arguments against black communities as a whole." The Netflix version of Luke Cage, Ransome adds, was a "watered-down Kool-Aid interpretation, dipped in high-fructose corn syrup, with the blandness of an on-duty mall cop. And over the course of two seasons, I noticed the strain of disease Luke Cage was suffering from; the same conundrum TV shows and films designed for black audiences tolerate in a marketable woke culture."
Posted Monday 10/22/18 at 10:25PM EDT
Is superhero fatigue to blame for Netflix's Luke Cage and Iron Fist cancelations?
"Remember when Smallville was TV’s lone superhero show? (And hell, it didn’t even let Clark Kent have flights or tights.)," says Matt Webb Mitovich. "Now, seven years after that Superman origin story wrapped its run, TV is home to nearly 20 comic book-based series about specially abled heroes, with another batch in the pipeline. Could it be that Luke Cage and Iron Fist, which both got powered down this month, are the first casualties of simply too much super going on?" He points out that The CW has had a combined 22 seasons of superhero shows, while Gotham's ratings on Fox haven't been super. Add to that the recent launch of DC Universe and its superhero shows and it shouldn't be surprising to see superhero fatigue kicking in. Mitovich notes that in the "escalation of omnipresence comes that fact that it’s harder than ever for a hero to seem super, to stand out in the crowd."
Posted Saturday 10/20/18 at 2:43AM EDT
Luke Cage's abrupt cancelation begs the question: Is the Marvel TV universe falling apart?
Netflix's decision to cancel Luke Cage on a Friday night was shocking enough, but why do it on the same day it launched the third season of Marvel's Daredevil? "It’s been four months since the second season of Luke Cage came out," says Phil Owen. "Marvel and Netflix have had since June to make a decision about the show, but waited until this exact moment to tell everybody. They could have waited another week. They could have announced it in tandem with the Iron Fist news. Instead they chose to cancel Luke Cage not only on launch day, but at a time in the evening when many people on the East Coast were probably just settling in to watch Daredevil. And that’s not even taking into account that it took less than half that long for Iron Fist to get the axe after its second season." The reported decision that the cancelation was for creative reasons also doesn't make sense, he says, pointing out that Marvel and Netflix have had no qualms with replacing showrunners -- Daredevil and Iron Fist have had six showrunners combined. "Of course," he adds, "Disney/Marvel could just as easily be eyeing a gradual fresh start, especially since the Netflix corner of the Marvel Cinematic Universe has been increasingly distant from the movies. Most notably, Thanos’ finger snap has had no affect on any of the shows that came out after he wiped out half the universe. It wouldn’t be impossible to simply roll out completely new versions of these characters and make like their Netflix versions don’t share the same universe." ALSO: Iron Fist star Finn Jones expresses solidarity with Luke Cage in an Instagram post.
Posted Wednesday 8/22/18 at 1:56PM EDT
Jessica Jones creator Melissa Rosenberg is departing for an eight-figure Warner Bros. TV deal
Source: The Hollywood Reporter
Rosenberg, who is currently finishing up the third season of Jessica Jones, will depart the Netflix/Marvel series to develop new shows for Warner Bros. TV. The Hollywood Reporter says Netflix tried to get her to stay, but Warner Bros. TV outbid the streaming service. As The Hollywood Reporter points out, "Rosenberg's deal marks a key win for traditional studios, which have seen a number of top showrunners (Shonda Rhimes, Ryan Murphy, Kenya Barris) exit for lucrative Netflix pacts."
Posted Wednesday 6/27/18 at 9:42PM EDT
Krysten Ritter to make her directorial debut on a Jessica Jones Season 3 episode
“I am beyond thrilled to make my directorial debut on Marvel’s Jessica Jones,” says the actress. “The entire crew and cast has become family to me, and I’m so appreciative of the opportunity to work with our incredible team in this new way. I am so grateful that Melissa Rosenberg, Jeph Loeb, Marvel, and Netflix entrusted me to take the reins.”
Posted Monday 6/25/18 at 9:28PM EDT
Ranking every Marvel Netflix season, from worst to best
Iron Fist Season 1 is the worst, Jessica Jones Season 1 is the best, according to this Vulture ranking.
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
Source: The Mary Sue
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
Source: The Hollywood Reporter
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
Source: Entertainment Weekly
“I Want Your Cray Cray” offers many inside details of the life of Rachael Taylor's character.