Ever since The Defenders bowed this summer, fans have been wondering why they haven’t announced a second season. The show wasn’t as critically acclaimed as some other Marvel Netflix shows, but it still did well. So what’s the deal? We got an announcement for a second season of The Punisher within weeks of the series debut, so why nothing on The Defenders? Well, it turns out there might not be a second season. Jessica Jones star Krysten Ritter was asked by Vulture how Jessica was received in the series, and she said this.
Well, I think Jessica was pretty well received. People were excited to see her again, so that made us happy because Jessica is the next up. Y’know, I had a great time doing The Defenders and honestly, it was such a good experience that I would even do it again. I don’t think we are doing it again. It was never intentioned to do it again, but, you know, if I was given another opportunity, I would. My heart is with my show because of the subject matter and because of the great drama that we get to do and the personal issues that we explore. For me, that is more the type of content that I enjoy as a viewer and as a performer. My heart is in Jessica Jones, but I did have a great time doing The Defenders with the guys. We had a good time. It is what it is.
It sounds like this could be a one off thing, or maybe something that won’t happen again for a long time. We have quite a few series that need to get through their own second and third seasons before we look at another team-up. Now we can do some brief crossovers — Danny Rand is going to be in the second season of Luke Cage, for example — because now they all know each other. We’ll have to see what happens down the road, but it sounds like for now, a second season of The Defenders isn’t in the cards.
Following the tragic end of her brief superhero career, Jessica Jones tries to rebuild her life as a private investigator, dealing with cases involving people with remarkable abilities in New York City.
Jessica Jones, created by Melissa Rosenberg, stars Krysten Ritter, Rachael Taylor, Eka Darville, J.R. Ramirez, Carrie-Anne Moss, and David Tennant. The second season will premiere on Netlix on March 8th.