Krysten Ritter, the actress who starred in Marvel's Jessica Jones on Netflix, is offering some new insight into how life has progressed for the titular heroine since the show's first season ended. Marvel's Jessica Jones Season 1 concluded with Jessica killing Kilgrave (David Tennant), the depraved villain who had tormented her with mind control. Upon returning to the office of her private investigations firm, Alias Investigations, Jones was flooded with phone calls from potential new clients.
"She's still dealing with the aftermath of Kilgrave, and now she's dealing with 'success' — and not well," Ritter tells Entertainment Weekly. "People want her to work for them, she's getting a lot of business, and she's not ready for any of that. She hasn't changed, but her environment has, and there's no handbook for how to exist in a world where you are now popular."
Ritter will reprise her role as Jones for Marvel's The Defenders, which will team Jones with fellow Marvel Cinematic Universe vigilantes Daredevil (Charlie Cox), Luke Cage (Michael Colter), and Iron Fist (Finn Jones). Each of these characters will have starred in their own Netflix series by the time Marvel's The Defenders begins, but Cage debuted as a romantic interest in the first season of Jessica Jones. However, even Cage's presence isn't enough to ease Jones' skepticism about this motley team of street heroes.
"She's gloriously the most reluctant hero in the world," showrunner Marco Ramirez says. "She's going to have to let three men into her life who she doesn't 100 percent trust."
"It switches back and forth, to be honest," she says. "No one's best friends in all of the Defenders. This is a reluctant team-up."
According to Ritter, Jones has already spent some time getting to know Daredevil. Ritter describes the relationship between Jones and Daredevil as a "cat-and-mouse" dynamic, though the roles are not locked.
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Ritter's description of Jones and Daredevil's relationship makes sense. One of the greatest threats to Daredevil is the exposure of his secret identity as lawyer Matt Murdock, a secret he has shared with few others. As a private investigator, Jones has a natural curiosity and the skills to satisfy it. Just knowing Jones is a potential threat to Daredevil's existence.