Rachael Taylor to Don the Tights in ‘Jessica Jones’ Season 2

By Josh Melo

Jessica Jones was an undeniable hit for Marvel and Netflix this past year. Already optioned for a second season, fans are chomping at the bit for any and all clues as to what the next set of adventures Jessica finds herself on will consist of. Rachael Taylor, who plays Jessica’s BFFL in the show, has a couple of ideas (and I totally agree with her!).All throughout season 1, Marvel fans were looking forward to seeing other heroes and villains fight alongside the reluctant anti-hero that is Jessica Jones. Fan favourite amongst the contenders was her best friend, Trish Walker (known as Patsy Walker in the comics), who, in the annals of Marvel history, is known as the vigilante, Hellcat. Rachael Taylor proved to be one of the best parts of the series, so it was a tad disappointing to not have her suit up to help with Jessica’s efforts against the Purple Man. In an interview with ComicbookResources.com Rachael Taylor discusses her characters relationship with Jessica as well as her hopes for the future of Trish in the upcoming season.

Throughout the course of the season, fans could clearly see seeds of jealousy sprout around Jessica and Trish’s “less than normal” relationship. Referencing Trish’s need to step her game up, whether through rigorous physical training or popping one of the super soldier pills, Taylor had this to say:

I think Trish would really like to see Jessica use her gifts, her superhero powers, to a greater extent than what she probably does. I think Trish is very much an alpha personality type. I think she’s a very ambitious woman. And I think probably, if she had the same superhero powers that Jessica had, she thinks that she would probably do a lot more with them.

One of my major issues with the portrayal of Jessica was her reluctance to rely on her abilities. Yes, it grounded the character in the gritty world of Hell’s Kitchen, but it essentially turned Jessica into a glorified lock pick. So when Rachael Taylor comes along and throws down the gauntlet like that, it excites me to think of what someone with a more relaxed attitude towards super heroics could do in the same situations.

Building off of that point, CBR asked point blank about about the chances that we could see Trish suit up as Hellcat. Though her answer is unsurprisingly vague, it’s clear that love for the character is there:

I mean, I try not to get ahead of myself and think about it too much, because it’s easy to get carried away and think about things. I already feel like I have more than my share, in a way, being on Netflix, being in the Marvel Universe, being in this show that has resonated so deeply with people. But of course, I mean, it would be amazing. I mean, it’s already a privilege to play a history that has so much lineage within the Marvel Universe. And to take it that one step further is something that, yeah, I’d love to get my teeth stuck into whatever happens to the character.

Official details on Jessica Jones season 2 are sure to be scarce in the coming months. Having just been announced, Marvel will undoubtedly have all of their secrets under lock and key until air time. Until then, there is a lot more to read in CBR’s full interview with Rachael Taylor. Covering everything from her analysis of the first season to her thoughts on joining the larger MCU, it’s an interesting read (and who doesn’t like looking at pictures of Rachael Taylor?).

Jessica Jones has been renewed for a second season, though a release date hasn’t been announced. Daredevil season 2 lands on March 18, 2016, and Luke Cage is set for release later in 2016. Iron Fist and Defenders are expected to premiere sometime in 2017.