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This Week: If you've finished Jessica Jones like I have, it's time to step back and realize what just happened within the Marvel Universe. That and developments on Luke Cage and Doctor Strange make what Jones pulled off more unique.
It’s been two years since Marvel and Netflix made a deal to bring four series and The Defenders to the streaming service. At the time, we were still warming to the idea that Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. was technically part of the Marvel Cinematic Universe and the idea that four more heroes would be thrown into the mix on top of Marvel’s second and third phases seemed like an amazing expansion of the shared universe.
Do you still feel that way after watching Jessica Jones?
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Melissa Rosenberg’s adorned Jessica Jones may be the talk of Hell’s Kitchen at the moment, but Marvel is quietly laying the groundwork for its next entry into its budding small-screen universe: Luke Cage. Photos emerging from the New York set have showcased a sharp-suited Mike Colter, and today the studio has welcomed a newcomer to the project in the form of Sonia Braga.
Announcing the addition of the Kiss Of The Spider Woman star via Twitter, Marvel noted that the award-winning actress will be stepping into the shoes of Claire Temple’s (Rosario Dawson) mother, Soledad Temple.
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Joining the ranks as a core part of Marvel and Netflix’s third superhero drama, here’s the official announcement per Marvel.
Claire Temple, prepare to meet your mom in #Marvel‘s @LukeCage for #Netflix! https://t.co/X5HP6ca89R
— Marvel Entertainment (@Marvel) November »
- Michael Briers
Last week, I reviewed the first seven episodes of "Jessica Jones." Now that I've seen the full season, I have some more specific thoughts — with lots of spoilers for everything — coming up just as soon as they have free express shipping in Heaven... For the most part, my opinion's unchanged from the review based on the series' first half: Krysten Ritter and David Tennant were both great, Mike Colter has me eager to see him in the Luke Cage series, and this is easily the best of the Marvel TV shows so far, taking advantage of the creative freedom of Netflix to tell a really dark and unflinching story that did right by the source material. But certain things I was worried about became slightly more worrisome by the end, while other things wound up impressing me more than they did early on. Going point-by-point: There weren't really 13 episodes of story here. »
- Alan Sepinwall
By now, most of you have met Jessica Jones, the new Marvel superhero whose very own TV show on Netflix debuted in full on Friday. It’s the second installment of the Marvel-Netflix team-up, and its highest achievement is how much lower it is to the ground, making us feel even closer to its characters than "Daredevil" (reviewed here) and, as a result, assimilating us even further to this particular corner of the McU. And I won’t lie; Melissa Rosenberg's name flashed a few red flags when I heard that she was the showrunner, what with her CV being overshadowed by her work in the "Twilight" series. But, flags be damned because she does an excellent job of creating something wholly different and refreshing with Brian Michael Bendis' and Michael Gaydos' foul-mouthed, damaged, aspiring-superhero-turned-disenchanted-private-investigator from "Alias." It was Marvel's first strictly adult-oriented comic book, and – maybe »
- Nikola Grozdanovic
Melissa Rosenberg has worked quietly and successfully as a writer and producer for over two decades. She has progressed steadily from writing episodes of shows such as The Outer Limits and Dr Quinn, Medicine Woman, to writing the adapted screenplays for the entire Twilight saga – which earned, in total, over $3.3 billion dollars at the box office. Screenwriters who can boast the same level of profit generation are few and far between, which is why, when she was announced as creator, writer, producer and showrunner of Marvel’s Jessica Jones series on Netflix, things got very exciting indeed.
Unsurprisingly, Rosenberg did not disappoint – far from it. She has, in fact, achieved something that networks and studios have been routinely failing at since the advent of the moving image – she has delivered a near-perfect female-led superhero television drama, using a creative team made up of both men and women.
Consisting of 13 episodes, »
- Sarah Myles
It seems fair to say that Jessica Jones has done pretty well. Although Netflix always keeps its ratings data close to its chest, the first batch of reviews – and most of the fan reaction – has seemed overwhelmingly positive.
It’s no surprise, then, that showrunner Melissa Rosenberg has already been quizzed on the possibility of a second season for Krysten Ritter’s superhero-turned-sleuth. This is what Rosenberg said to Variety on whether a second season is looking likely, and whether it would hypothetically arrive before or after the big Defenders crossover we've been told to expect:
Jessica Jones, Season 1
Created by Melissa Rosenberg
Released November 20th, 2015 by Netflix
Five episodes watched for review
Is there more to say about gritty, troubled superheroes? Yes, according to Jessica Jones, the latest Netflix entry in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. After this year’s Daredevil, a show following the modern trend of dark comic book characters kickstarted by Christopher Nolan’s Batman films but dating back at least to the work of Frank Miller and Alan Moore, the thought of the style being passé seemed more than plausible. Especially in light of sharing a distribution platform with Daredevil, creator Melissa Rosenberg appeared to have her work cut out for her in making Jessica Jones stand out.
And to a certain extent, the series is of a kind with its moody forbears. The voice-over narration and shadowy city streets establish a strong linkage to film noir, revisiting ground well trodden by »
- Max Bledstein
Jessica Jones is amazing, and providing the viewing figures were good enough, we should hear about a season two renewal any day now (it took eleven days for Daredevil to get a second season). Talking to The Hollywood Reporter recently, showrunner Melissa Rosenberg was asked about the possibility of a second season for Jessica Jones, and had this to say about squeezing that in before The Defenders are eventually assembled. "I hope so. There certainly is story-telling wise. The question becomes is there actual time? There are logistics involved, because Defenders has to shoot by a certain time, contractually. Actually, I'm not sure; I'm not at all involved in those conversations, much to my dismay. The first question is whether or not we will even get a second season. The second question is, if so, when? Will it be before The Defenders or after? I'd certainly love it to be »
Marvel's second Netflix series "Jessica Jones" is continuing to score rave reviews all over and though the streaming service has yet to announce a second season renewal, it seems a forgone conclusion by this point. Showrunner Melissa Rosenberg recently sat down with The Live Feed to talk about several aspects of the first season along with the chances of another season.
In regards to a follow-up, Rosenberg says the big question is whether it can be done before Netflix's proposed "The Defenders" mini-series which would see Jessica team-up with the other characters from the Marvel-Netflix universe:
"I hope so. There certainly is story-telling wise. The question becomes is there actual time? There are logistics involved, because Defenders has to shoot by a certain time, contractually. Actually, I'm not sure; I'm not at all involved in those conversations, much to my dismay.
The first question is whether or not we will even get a second season. »
- Garth Franklin
In this edition of The Week in Spandex, we look at Jessica Jones, Captain Marvel, Daredevil, Luke Cage, Iron Fist, Doctor Strange, Captain America: Civil War, Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, Ant-Man, Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., Agent Carter, Guardians of the Galaxy, Deadpool, X-Men: Apocalypse, X-Men: First Class, Gambit, Wonder Woman, Justice League Mortal, Justice League Dark, Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, The Flash, Arrow, Supergirl, Gotham, Heroes Reborn and more…
We’ll start things off this week in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, with Marvel and Netflix releasing their latest offering Jessica Jones on the streaming service yesterday. Ahead of its arrival, Marvel dropped a launch promo [see here], the opening credits [see here] and four clips from the show [see here and here], while Flickering Myth’s Luke Owen has been working through the episodes – read his reviews of episode one ‘Aka Ladies Night’ here, episode two ‘Aka Crush Syndrome’ here, episode three ‘Aka It’s Called »
- Gary Collinson
It’s a big day for comic book fans. All 13 episodes of the first season of Marvel’s Jessica Jones were released on Netflix today. Deadline interviewed the series’ executive producer, Melissa Rosenberg, about the development of the show, female superheroes, and season two plans.
Based on the Marvel character created by Brian Michael Bendis and Michael Gaydos, Jessica Jones works as a private investigator in New York City who struggles with being a former superhero. In the series, she is played by Krysten Ritter.Read More… »
Marvel’s latest series Jessica Jones arrived on Netflix today, but had the stars aligned differently the Alias adaptation would have joined Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. as part of ABC’s Marvel slate – and would also have featured Carol Danvers, a.k.a. Captain Marvel.
“Back when it was at ABC Network, I did use Carol Danvers,” showrunner Melissa Rosenberg tells IGN. “But between then and when it ended up on Netflix, you know, the McU shifted, and it also shifted away from the universe in the [comic] book. So in the book, the powers are very out in the open and the themes of that are about ‘the other,’ and in the cinematic universe that’s not the mythology. So there was a lot that I had to move away from, just in terms of sheer plot, and Carol Danvers got her own movie.”
With Captain Marvel now set to headline »
- Gary Collinson
First introduced in the 2001 comic Alias, Jessica Jones may be the most dynamic and important Marvel character to debut in the 21st century. Her comic only lasted for a few short years, but it instantly became a fan-favourite and a critical success. Thus, when Melissa Rosenberg originally announced development of a stand-alone show called Aka Jessica Jones back in 2010 as a pitch for ABC, it quickly became a project that drew significant interest from the comic book community. However, the show never made it past the scripting stage, but was later revived for the landmark Marvel Cinematic Universe Netflix deal, where it became one of the shows that will end up funnelling into The Defenders. After the release of the first season of Daredevil back in April of this year, Marvel Netflix has been a source of incredible enthusiasm from the fanbase. Matt Murdock's premiere season was met with »
Chances are, you're either done with Marvel's Jessica Jones, which debuted on Netflix late last night, or you're in the middle of a weekend long binge. As the show enjoys a series of positive reviews from critics and fans alike, new information is coming out about the making of the show. And it has been revealed by Showrunner Melissa Rosenberg that Jessica Jones almost introduced a second female superhero that's about to get her own solo adventure on the big screen.
Yes, speaking with IGN, Melissa Rosenberg explains that Captain Marvel almost served as a secondary character on this second Netflix Marvel series. This was when the show was still set to debut on ABC. Back then, the entire episodic drama looks quite different. Here's how she explains it.
"Back when it was at ABC Network, I did use Carol Danvers. But between then and when it ended up on Netflix, »
Yes, Jessica Jones is as good as you’ve heard. Better yet, it’s enjoyable even if you’ve never heard of the main character and know nothing of the comics it’s based on. I’m definitely part of that demographic, and on top of that, I liked the show even though I’ve been suffering from a persistent case of superhero fatigue over the past few years (symptoms include crankiness, reflexive eye-rolling at the Marvel logo, and a tendency to work laments about the death of the mid-budget adult drama into reviews that don’t need them). I have it on good authority that the series, which was adapted by Melissa Rosenberg from the comic by Brian Michael Bendis and Michael Gaydos, is a visually as well as tonally faithful adaptation of their 2001–2004 Dark Horse series, but you needn’t be aware of that to watch the show. »
- Matt Zoller Seitz
On Friday, Netflix premieres the first season of “Marvel’s Jessica Jones” — and one of the revelations of this interview with executive producer and showrunner Melissa Rosenberg is that there’s a chance the show might film a second season before a planned “Defenders” series. The drama is part of a cycle of Netflix-Marvel shows that includes “Daredevil” and an upcoming Luke Cage series starring Mike Colter, who also appears in “Jessica Jones” alongside star Krysten Ritter.
Of course, a second season of “Jessica Jones” hasn’t been officially greenlit, but Rosenberg said she is raring to go if Netflix and Marvel give her the go-ahead. By the way, this interview is safe to read if you haven’t seen the show yet — and it’s also worth pointing out that you don’t need to have seen any other Marvel TV shows or movies in order to enjoy “Jessica Jones, »
- Maureen Ryan
As you may or may not know, in the original Alias comic book series, upon which Marvel’s new Jessica Jones series is based, the titular private investigator is actually best friends with Carol Danvers, aka Captain Marvel. In fact, had the show ended up at ABC like it was originally supposed to, the character would have shown up in the series.
At least, that’s according to creator Melissa Rosenberg, who said the following about how Captain Marvel would have had a role and why she was ultimately cut.
“Back when it was at ABC Network, I did use Carol Danvers,” Rosenberg explains. “But between then and when it ended up on Netflix, you know, the McU shifted, and it also shifted away from the universe in the [comic] book. So in the book, the powers are very out in the open and the themes of that are about ‘the other, »
- Mark Cassidy
Marvel's Jessica Jones, the latest streaming series in the ever-expanding, world-conquering Marvel Cinematic Universe, arrived in its entirety on Netflix this morning. Starring Krysten Ritter as a fiercely independent, moderately superpowered private investigator, the show has generated considerable early buzz for its apparent willingness to explore themes no previous Marvel property was willing to touch. For one, as Vulture's Abraham Riesman discussed after seeing the pilot, there's a ton of sex. Our friend John Horn, host of the Kpcc radio show and podcast “The Frame,” interviewed Jessica Jones creator Melissa Rosenberg just before the show's release — and that topic is where their conversation began.The way sex is dealt with in the show is very candid. It's not judgmental whether people are straight or gay, how they like their sex. You are very, 'This is the way the world looks in real life, and we're going to depict it that way. »
- John Horn
In the Alias comic book series, Carol Danvers was the best friend of Jessica Jones. However, with that character now set to receive her own movie as part of Phase 3, it wasn't feasible for her to show up in Netflix's Jessica Jones, but what role would she have played had that been the case? As it turns out, pretty much exactly the same as her comic book counterpart! "Back when it was at ABC Network, I did use Carol Danvers," Melissa Rosenberg explains. "But between then and when it ended up on Netflix, you know, the McU shifted, and it also shifted away from the universe in the [comic] book. So in the book, the powers are very out in the open and the themes of that are about ‘the other,’ and in the cinematic universe that’s not the mythology. So there was a lot that I had to move »
“Marvel’s Jessica Jones” makes its much-anticipated Netflix debut on Nov. 20, and as Variety critic Mo Ryan notes in her review, the series is “not just a contender for the title of Best Marvel-related TV Property; in a supremely crowded TV scene, it is one of the year’s most distinctive new dramas.” That assessment is thanks, in large part, to Krysten Ritter’s performance as the show’s titular heroine, a prickly, damaged and deeply conflicted private eye who nonetheless manages to radiate wit and charisma, even when she’s at her most antagonistic. The series is based on writer Brian Michael Bendis and artist Michael Gaydos’ “Alias” comic book series, with Melissa Rosenberg serving as showrunner.
- Laura Prudom
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