Marvel’s latest series Jessica Jones is set to drop on Friday, and we have some fresh intel and footage to get us amped up for the debut.
The series’ executive producer, Melissa Rosenberg, chatted with Deadline about the series (which is awesome, by the way), and offered up an interesting peek into how the project evolved in the years since it was set up at ABC as a major network option. Not surprisingly, things took a few turns once they connected it to the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) and set it up at Netflix (where the standards are a bit looser).
Here’s an excerpt from her comments:
“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.”
Rosenberg also dug into what she’d like to do in a second season, assuming Netflix opts to bring the series back for another go ‘round. Her thoughts on what to change in Season 2 are an excellent observation on the first season. Basically, she’d like to evolve it into more of an ensemble effort. Having seen the first seven episodes, they’re definitely Jessica-heavy. So, letting the supporting players do a bit of the heavy lifting could be an excellent move in the future.
Her comments on that topic are below:
“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.”
Last but not least: Netflix and Marvel have also dropped some fresh clips from the series, ahead of its debut on Friday. Check those out below and let us know what you think: