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The panel started off with Jeph Loeb jumping ahead of the script and calling out Charlie Cox, Krysten Ritter, and Mike Colter to assemble as the first look of three-fourths of our Defenders lineup. We're still missing Iron Fist, but that will come soon enough.
Our first clip of the night was a highlight promo of season 1 of Daredevil, which led into a trailer for season 2, showing off quick flashes of Matt Murdock, Foggy Nelson, and Karen Page in a church, Elodie Yung's Elektra Natchios, and Jon Bernthal's Frank Castle. It looks like the overarching theme of this season will be how pain and grief can fuel people. Our full cast as well as Joe Quesada and showrunners Doug Petrie and Marco Ramirez dished on some details, but naturally kept things tight-lipped as much as possible. Yung revealed her legitimacy in being a bad ass while Bernthal focused on his promises that he will not mess this important role up. Cox detailed some of the training he did to simulate being blind and the organizations he's worked with since signing on for the first season. Apparently, Elden Henson has been asked by people on the streets why he was mad at his friend, while Deborah Ann Woll more often than not gets mistaken for a lookalike of herself, rather than as her actual self. All in all, the next season seems to have the same atmosphere and attention to detail that the first season did, so nobody should be getting nervous that it won't be as good if not better than before.
This opened us up to the world of Jessica Jones. As expected, the cast was very scarce on the details for this, too, mostly complimenting each other on how talented they are and how much of a great process it was to work with everyone. One reveal was that the character of Jeryn Hogarth will be gender-swapped and played by Carrie-Ann Moss, who was one of the many to praise Ritter on her performance and how she represents the next generation of strong women, a group that Moss was part of herself when she played Trinity in The Matrix series.
The meat of the panel, though, was a screening of the first episode in its entirety. Without spoiling too much, the first thing I have to say is that Jeph Loeb's warning at the beginning about adult themes that some may not be able to handle is true—this show is dark. While Daredevil was graphic on the violent side of things, the trigger for this show is rape. The focal point of the series is Jessica's posttraumatic stress disorder after having been controlled by David Tennant's Purple Man, who has the ability of suggestion, controlling minds, and convincing people that they want to do things that they certainly don't want to do. Many things are implied but not shown. Then again, some things are flat-out shown, including a sex scene between Jessica and Luke Cage. Yup, episode one and those two are already at it, which got a nice round of applause from the enthusiastic audience.
My first reaction is to think that I might not like this as much as Daredevil, but I did definitely enjoy it, so I'm hoping this is just the first episode jitters and that things will pick up even more as the season goes on. One way or another, I'll definitely be checking it out, and I wholly advise everyone else to as well.
Stay tuned for more updates from New York Comic Con as well as more about the television shows coming from the tandem of Marvel and Netflix!