Marvel's Jessica Jones season three confirmed by Netflix
Strong female characters are everywhere at the moment, and Netflix is making the most of it by renewing Marvel's Jessica Jones for a third season.
The comic book adaption stars Krysten Ritter as the eponymous heroine, a heavy-drinking former superhero suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder who becomes a New York private investigator.
The cast also includes Rachael Taylor as Jessica's best friend and foster sister Trish Walker, Carrie-Anne Moss as Jeri Hogarth and Eka Darville as Malcolm Ducasse. The series was created for Netflix by ABC Studios and Marvel Television and is executive produced by Melissa Rosenberg and Marvel's Jeph Loeb and Jim Chory.
It forms part of the whole Marvel ecosystem on Netflix, which also includes Jessica Jones spinoff series Luke Cage, along with Daredevil, Iron Fist, The Punisher, and The Defenders.
Season one of Jessica Jones was popular with audiences and critics alike, ending with Jones beginning to put her life back together after murdering her tormenter, Kilgrave (played by David Tennant).
However, season two, which launched globally on Netflix on International Women's Day, March 8, had rather more of a mixed reception. It involved Jessica's efforts to discover just exactly how she got her powers - the answer being in a genetic experiment following the deaths of her parents in a car crash.
No date set for season three
However, many felt that season two dragged on too slowly, at least in the first few episodes, and that the plot lacked the tautness of season one. As a result, a third series was never a dead cert.
As ever, Netflix hasn't released viewing figures for the series, so it's hard to know just how well it has actually been doing - but it's obviously getting enough viewers to keep Netflix happy.
There's no news yet as to when season three will appear - although the second series certainly wasn't rushed out, appearing two and a half years after the first. Nor, of course, do we know any details of the plot, although we will, presumably, find out whether Trish can really become a true superhero or not.
The announcement comes as Marvel's parent company Disney prepares to launch its own streaming service next year - and bears out Netflix's promise that its Marvel programming wouldn't be affected by Disney's move.
As a result, then, you'll need a Netflix subscription to watch the series when it finally does appear. The cheapest option, costing £5.99 a month, covers just one screen. The standard package, which costs £7.99 a month, includes HD streaming and the ability to watch on two screens at the same time.
The premium package, which includes Ultra HD and the ability to have four people watching at once, costs £9.99 a month. With all these packages you can get a free 30-day trial.
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