WARNING: The following article contains spoilers for Jessica Jones Season 2, streaming now on Netflix.
After first debuting in Netflix in 2015, Marvel's Jessica Jones has finally returned for a second season. Yes, it's arrived on a Thursday, a different day than fans have come to expect, but as it turns out, there's a good reason for the switch.
Ever since Daredevil Season 1 premiered on the streaming service just months before Jessica Jones, it's been a staple that the Marvel series are released, in their entirety, on a Friday. Marvel and Netflix's latest collaboration, however, debuted on March 8, International Women's Day.
International Women's Day commemorates and celebrates women's rights, with the intent of shedding light on the things women do often go unnoticed. It makes sense to release a series following the adventures of a woman on this day, and it makes even more sense when you dig a little deeper. The theme of the show fits perfectly in the current wave of female empowerment (such as the #MeToo campaign) as it revolves around several strong women coming from a range of backgrounds.
In before someone asks, "What about International Men's Day?— Jessica Jones (@JessicaJones) March 8, 2018
Jessica Jones Season 2 is now streaming, only on Netflix. pic.twitter.com/KLzDKRoD43
The subject matter explored in both seasons of Jessica Jones ties in perfectly to International Women's Day's theme. The entirety of Jessica Jones Season 1 focused on the titular character breaking free from the constraints of a powerful male (David Tennant's Kilgrave), and in the newly-released second season, it's revealed that Trish Walker had been subjected to sexual abuse as a child. A movie director, who was 40 at the time, proclaimed that he loved her, and they performed sexual acts when she was only 15. It's unlikely an accident that the show is exploring this topic considering the recent spate of stories in the news regarding sexual harassment and abuse in Hollywood.
Marvel and Netflix went the extra mile in embracing female talent with the second season of Jessica Jones, hiring an all-woman roster of directors to bring the series to life. Currently, it is the only project in the entirety of the Marvel Cinematic Universe that is led by a female character, which is all the more reason to release it on such an important day.
Streaming now on Netflix, Jessica Jones Season 2 stars Krysten Ritter, Rachael Taylor, Carrie-Anne Moss, Eka Darville, J.R. Ramirez and Janet McTeer.