Marvel’s edgiest private investigator is back, but not for long.
Netflix just dropped a new trailer for the third and final season of Jessica Jones, the superhero series starring Krysten Ritter.
Based on the Marvel Comics character of the same name, this Netflix original premiered its first season to plenty of acclaim in 2015, with critics and fans alike praising both the show’s dark, edgy tone and its star, Ritter, who fit the title role perfectly. Jessica, a former superhero who works as a private detective in Hell’s Kitchen, tries to keep her potentially lethal powers on the down-low, but she ends up having to use her abilities for good against a series of enemies. In the first season, her former lover Kilgrave (David Tennant), who can control people’s minds, reappears to wreak havoc on Manhattan. The second season introduced Alisa (Janet McAteer), who had been put through the same harrowing superhero transformation as Jessica — but unlike Jessica, she’s out for serious revenge. Throughout both of the seasons, Ritter was joined by Rachael Taylor as Trish, Jessica’s childhood best friend; Carrie-Anne Moss as Jeri Hogarth, a lawyer who frequently employs Jessica; and Eka Darville as Malcolm, Jessica’s neighbor and a recovering addict.
In this trailer for Jones‘ final season, it looks like Jessica will be facing off against a brand-new villain: Gregory Salinger (Jeremy Bobb), who is known in the original Jones comics as Foolkiller. Out to, well, kill fools, Salinger is a demented genius who enjoys playing cat and mouse with his victims — and in the trailer’s voiceover, it seems as if Salinger is hot on Jessica’s tail, taunting her about whether or not she’s really a “hero.” Malcolm, Trish, and Jeri will also be back as Jessica faces off against Salinger, and though the brief trailer only gives us a few glimpses of what Jessica and her team might be up to this season, it looks like they’re back to their old tricks. Trish is determined to protect her loved ones, Jeri is teaming up with whoever can help her bottom line, and Jessica is, as usual, drinking and fighting her way through Hell’s Kitchen.
It’s unfortunate that this season, which looks like an exciting return to form after a slightly less well-reviewed second outing, will be the show’s last, but the reason for that has to do with battling streaming services more than anything else. Nearly all of Marvel’s original Netflix shows — including Jessica Jones, The Punisher, Daredevil, Iron Fist, and Luke Cage – were axed throughout late 2018 and early 2019 in anticipation of Disney’s upcoming streaming service and the purported end of the collaboration between Marvel and Netflix, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
This will also be the end of the road for Ritter’s biggest performance of her career thus far. Though Jessica is closer to Ritter’s doomed Breaking Bad character Jane than she is to Chloe, the hilariously deranged lead in Don’t Trust the B in Apartment 23, this leading role has become Ritter’s most high-profile one yet. However, for this final season of Jones, Ritter is stepping behind the camera to direct, so maybe there’s other, even bigger opportunities in her future once Jones wraps up its run.
Jessica Jones season 3 will hit Netflix on June 14.