The third and final season of Netflix‘s Marvel’s Jessica Jones – debuting earier this month – marks the end of the streaming service’s live-action relationship with Marvel Studios. In February 2019, Netflix officially cancelled Marvel’s The Punisher after two seasons and Marvel’s Jessica Jones after three – the last of the streaming service’s series that also included Marvel’s Daredevil, Marvel’s Luke Cage, Marvel’s Iron Fist, and Marvel’s The Defenders.
The actors on each of those series have been asked if they would return to the series if it ever found a home at a new network or streamer, and Marvel’s Jessica Jones Krysten Ritter wants it to be known that she would return as Jessica “in a heartbeat.” So here’s hoping that clears everything up…
Except…well… first, here’s Ritter’s recent response to a tweet about not returning to the role:
I would play JJ again in a HEARTBEAT – she’s the coolest character ever and I love her! Hey, you never know what the future holds 🤪 As for now I’m so proud of the long run & the deep character work I got to do. It’s been a dream and never say never! https://t.co/donjfIgjvp
— krysten ritter (@Krystenritter) June 24, 2019
Now, that’s a slightly different tone than the one Ritter had when she and creator Melissa Rosenberg spoke to TV Line about the possibility of returning to Alias Investigations if the series moved to Disney’s upcoming Disney+ streaming service:
“Do I think I’ll play her again? I don’t think so. I feel like I’ve played her, you know? I feel really good about it. I feel good about closing the door.”
While Rosenberg at least left the door open a smidge, her feeling was the same as Ritter’s:
“I feel like this is a really complete, closed chapter. I mean, never say never. But I feel ready to tell all new stories.”
Here’s a look at Netflix’s statement regarding cancelling Marvel’s The Punisher and Marvel’s Jessica Jones:
“Marvel’s The Punisher will not return for a third season on Netflix. Showrunner Steve Lightfoot, the terrific crew, and exceptional cast including star Jon Bernthal, delivered an acclaimed and compelling series for fans, and we are proud to showcase their work on Netflix for years to come.
In addition, in reviewing our Marvel programming, we have decided that the upcoming third season will also be the final season for Marvel’s Jessica Jones. We are grateful to showrunner Melissa Rosenberg, star Krysten Ritter and the entire cast and crew, for three incredible seasons of this groundbreaking series, which was recognized by the Peabody Awards among many others.
We are grateful to Marvel for five years of our fruitful partnership and thank the passionate fans who have followed these series from the beginning.”
Marvel’s Jessica Jones is executive produced by showrunner Rosenberg (Dexter) and Jeph Loeb (Marvel’s Daredevil, Marvel’s Jessica Jones, Marvel’s Luke Cage), who also serves as Marvel’s Head of Television. Marvel’s Jessica Jones is produced by Marvel Television in association with ABC Studios for Netflix.
Season three cast also features Rachel Taylor (Crisis), Carrie-Anne Moss (The Matrix Trilogy), Eka Darville (Empire), Benjamin Walker (Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter), Jeremy Bobb (Russian Doll), Sarita Choudhury (Homeland), Tiffany Mack (Hap and Leonard), Jessica Frances Dukes (The Good Wife), Aneesh Sheth (New Amsterdam), and Rebecca DeMornay (The Hand that Rocks the Cradle).