Krysten Ritter Talks Jessica Jones In ‘The Defenders’

Krysten Ritter will be returning as Jessica Jones in the Netflix miniseries The Defenders, which is supposed to begin production later this fall — with Charlie Cox as Matt Murdock/Daredevil, Mike Colter as Luke Cage, and Finn Jones as Danny Rand/Iron Fist. Last month, Ritter revealed that she will be shooting The Defenders and the second season of Jessica Jones back-to-back this year, so we will get to see how the character has changed after her experience with three other superheroes in that little pocket of New York.

Minor spoilers for Jessica Jones up ahead.

In a recent interview with the Los Angeles Times, Ritter talks Jessica Jones and how she may fit in with the rest of her future Defenders teammates. Ultimately, it’s new and unexplored territory, and Krysten is very curious to see how it is all going to unfold.

“I’m really looking forward to it. I think Marvel is proving just over and over again that the quality is so high. I mean, I don’t know how Jessica fits into that world. I think we kind of all feel that way. Like, how do we all get together? How does that work? But I’m excited to see what they come up with.”

Actor Charlie Cox discussed The Defenders and is in the same boat as Krysten Ritter as far as that goes.

“I have no idea what the storyline is going to be for that show,” Cox said. “I’m very excited to see how those worlds combine, and interested to see tonally how those shows become one.”

Krysten Ritter also went on to mention how much this role in the Marvel Cinematic Universe has changed her life.

“It changed where I live and it changed the amount of promotion, the shooting,” she said. “It’s changed everything.”

The weekend that the first season aired, of course, there will millions of people binge-watching the entire thing over the course of the weekend. Krysten would leave her house that weekend and run into a fan who excitedly tells her how much they love her show — and Ritter was unable to differentiate if they were talking about Jessica Jones or Don’t Trust the B—- in Apartment 23.

In an interview with Digital Spy last month, the actress also commented on the shooting schedule for this upcoming second season of Jessica Jones and The Defenders and how brutal it’s going to be. Krysten says she has already started “weight training and boxing.”

“I’m excited to see what happens next for Jessica, and the end of season one left a lot of doors open and questions unanswered. Kilgrave was her reason for getting up every morning. Saving people gave her purpose. I wonder how emotionally taxed she’s going to be now. That opens a lot of doors as to who will come out and play. We all live in the same universe, so there are endless possibilities.”

With the second season of Jessica Jones, there is a lot to look forward to, not only with the character of Jessica herself, but all of the supporting characters surrounding her. With the main antagonist of the first season now seemingly dead, showrunner Melissa Rosenberg and Krysten Ritter don’t necessarily feel as though Jessica is over her PTSD. In fact, it is too early to tell right now, but it’s something that may be slightly touched upon in The Defenders miniseries.


Rosenberg doesn’t feel too much pressure to follow up Kilgrave with an equally formidable foe for Jessica, and she says that what they end up going with will just have to be significant on a more intimate and personal level.

Luke Cage premiers on Netflix September 30, 2016. Iron Fist, which is currently filming, is set to premier in 2017, along with The Defenders, from Daredevil showrunners Doug Petrie and Marco Ramirez.

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