Marvel's Echo Series Is Rumored to Set Up a Jessica Jones Return
If a new rumor is to be believed, Marvel Studios' upcoming Disney+ original series Echo could lay the groundwork for Krysten Ritter's return as Jessica Jones.
According to James Clement (aka Mr. Sunday Movies) of The Weekly Planet, sources say that "Daredevil is in [Echo] for three episodes, as in Charlie Cox. Kingpin, Vinnie D'Onofrio is in four. The Kingpin storyline is building up to him running for mayor of New York City. Apparently, he's going to be wearing an eye patch because he was shot in the head in Hawkeye... Daredevil is also going to be rocking a red and black suit and is looking for Jessica Jones."
However, Clement says that while a Jessica Jones return is apparently looming, Ritter's private investigator won't necessarily make a physical appearance in Echo itself. Furthermore, it's still up in the air if the show will keep the continuity Daredevil and Jessica Jones' respective Netflix shows.
"So they're laying the groundwork to bring back Ritter, most likely," Clement said. "Not necessarily in this series... so yeah, there you go. I don't know in terms of continuity like is the Charlie Cox version the same one, even though we obviously saw him in Spider-Man... [Is he the] same one from the Netflix series? Sure, why not? But I don't know, but it seems like some of the Netflix stuff, with probably the exception of Iron Fist, is going to be making its way..."
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Ostensibly set within the Marvel Cinematic Universe, Marvel's Jessica Jones premiered on Netflix in November 2015, with Ritter starring in the title role. Jessica Jones was the second entry in Netflix's lineup of live-action Marvel dramas, following Daredevil, which itself starred Charlie Cox and Vincent D'Onofrio as Matt Murdock/Daredevil and Wilson Fisk/Kingpin, respectively. Alongside Luke Cage's Mike Colter and Iron Fist's Finn Jones, Cox and Ritter also appeared in the 2017 crossover limited series The Defenders.
Ritter subsequently returned for Jessica Jones Seasons 2 and 3, which dropped in March 2018 and June 2019, respectively. Jessica Jones Season 3 proved to be the final chapter in the Netflix era of the MCU, with the streaming service having canceled its entire roster of Marvel shows by that point.
However, Charlie Cox ultimately reprised his role as Matt Murdock in the MCU film Spider-Man: No Way Home in December 2021. That same month, D'Onofrio reprised his role as Fisk in Marvel Studios' MCU-set Disney+ original series Hawkeye, in which the Kingpin of Crime was revealed to be the "uncle" of Alaqua Cox's Maya Lopez, aka Echo.
The character of Echo originates from the Daredevil comic books. As such, it has long been speculated that her upcoming Disney+ spinoff series would serve to facilitate the Man Without Fear's re-introduction to the MCU. And, provided Clement has good information, the Alaqua Cox-led Echo could very well do the same for Jessica Jones.
In addition to his supposed involvement in Echo -- which currently lacks a premiere date -- Charlie Cox is expected to return for a brand-new Daredevil series for Disney+, which will reportedly serve as a continuation of the character's Netflix show. Meanwhile, Ritter's potential return as Jessica Jones has been the subject of various rumors and much speculation for some time now. But while Ritter herself has certainly expressed interest in reprising her role, Marvel has yet to officially announce anything.
That said, it should be noted that all of Marvel's Netflix original series, including Jessica Jones, made the jump to Disney+ earlier this year. Interestingly, it recently came to light that Disney+ had actually updated Jessica Jones' title card to read "A.K.A. Jessica Jones," a reference to the naming convention used for the show's individual episodes. At this time, however, it's unclear if the title change is indicative of Marvel's future plans for the character, if such plans do indeed exist.
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