– by David Kozlowski

Marvel and Netflix’s Jessica Jones, starring Krysten Ritter, was a major game-changer for the superhero genre. A female-led series, no costumes, serious adult themes, and a villain for the ages. Not only was the show critically-acclaimed, but it brought in a whole new audience, who were not necessarily inclined toward crime-fighting or super-powers — my wife, for example, is not a comic book fan, but Jessica Jones became her spirit animal upon discovering this series.

While we never learned the show’s actual viewership numbers (because Netflix), the clear popularity and pop-culture impact of the show ensured that it would be picked up for a second season. In fact, filming for Jessica Jones Season 2 started in April. However, big questions about storyline, villain, and new characters remain open — the real question fans have to be wondering: how can Marvel top the amazing performances, surprises, and dynamics of Season 1?

Marvel has done a pretty spectacular job of keeping Season 2 details under wraps, and probably won’t say much until after The Defenders drops in August (Jessica Jones is obviously a central part of that team-up storyline, which we also know very little about). ScreenRant just posted some new photos direct from the set, which don’t really shed much light on any of these big questions, but does hint at a couple things:

It’s pretty clear from these photos that Trish Walker (Rachael Taylor) has not yet become Hellcat, her comic book namesake. Jessica Jones (Ritter) has dropped the scarves and biker jacket from Season 1 and has embraced her inner punk (and maybe goth) sensibilities with the combat boots, torn/rolled jeans, and dark lipstick — it’s a subtle but stark change from last season.

Regarding what to expect in Season 2, a number of seeds were planted toward the end of Season 1: NYPD Sergeant Will Simpson, who appears slated to become the drug-crazed super-soldier Nuke; a clandestine government organization that (maybe) is tied to events in the upcoming Defenders; and a continuation of Jones’ relationship with Luke Cage — in the comics they’re married with a kid.

Jessica Jones Season 2 has a lot to live up to, and we’re all incredibly excited to see where the character and series goes. Hopefully The Defenders will reveal something to hold us over, otherwise we’ll have to wait until Netflix gets around to announcing the Season 2 release date.

What are your expectations for Jessica Jones Season 2? Let us know in the comments down below!

Jessica Jones Season 2 hits Netflix in 2018 (TBD).

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SOURCE: ScreenRant

David Kozlowski is a writer, podcaster, and visual artist. A U.S. Army veteran, David worked 20 years in the videogame industry and is a graduate of Arizona State University's Film and Media Studies.