Given the lack of any new information on Marvel’s four Netflix series (and ultimate Defenders miniseries event) since October, Deadline finally threw fans a bone today. After testing five different actresses for the titular role in Jessica Jones, it seems Marvel gave it to television actress Krysten Ritter.
Spearheaded by Melissa Rosenberg, the 13-episode drama — the second in a four-series Netflix-Marvel deal — centers on Jessica Jones, a superhero suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder, which leads to her hanging up her costume and opening her own detective agency, where she ends up helping people and assisting other superheroes.
Ritter comes from a similar comedy background as Chris Pratt, the star of the latest Marvel hit superhero franchise, Guardians Of The Galaxy. While she recently did several comedy pilots and series, including cult ABC show Don’t Trust The B—, Ritter also had a role on the dark AMC drama Breaking Bad.
I’m sure you’re excited about Captain Marvel in 2018, and you should be. However, Jessica Jones is the earthbound female superhero. She’s another great creation of comic writer Brian Michael Bendis’s cavernous imagination, and her superhero-turned-detective story line is sure to pump some additional originality into the Marvel Cinematic (and Televisual) Universe.
Now to make the case for Damage Control to Marvel’s television branch…