Jessica Jones Season 2 will have All Female Directors

Variety has reported that Jessica Jones showrunner Melissa Rosenberg recently revealed that all of the directors for season 2 will be women. Speaking at the Transforming Hollywood 7: Diversifying Entertainment conference on Friday, Rosenberg explained that she had wanted to increase the number of female directors working on the show, and one of the team had floated booking only female directors for the entire 13 episode run. Rosenberg stated that she hadn’t even contemplated the idea of an all female director roster before it was suggested to her, however it was an idea that both she and Marvel were firmly behind.

She told the audience at the University of Southern California’s Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism that hiring an inclusive array of people was “a conscious decision and it’s very important that showrunners do that” This is great to hear, as Marvel has been criticised for a long time about its lack of diversity and inclusion for a long time. Their focus until very recently has been heterosexual white male characters (such as Iron Man, Captain America, Thor, Spider-Man etc) and only recently have female characters like Jessica Jones and Captain Marvel, or black characters like Luke Cage or Black Panther been placed front and center. (At this point, I searched Google to try and remind myself of any LGBTQA leads in MCU – sorry, I’ve drawn a blank). Perhaps this will be a great test for Marvel to think about how they can introduce more diversity and speak to the experience of a wider range of the fandom.

Rosenberg didn’t give away anything else about the second season. The show doesn’t have a release date yet and no details have been given yet about the story arc, however she previously revealed that Jessica won’t be ‘healed’ following season 1. You’ll be able to catch Jessica Jones in The Defenders, which is due to land on Netflix next year.

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