Now that Marvel’s “Jessica Jones” has officially been renewed for a second season on Netflix, the cast is free to look ahead to what their characters might become based on the comics source material. One actress is getting vocal about her role in the series and the potential to come to life as the athletic crime-fighter, Hellcat.
Rachel Taylor, who fans will remember played the lead’s best friend Trish “Patsy” Walker in Season 1, recently commented on her very unique and troubled character. Mostly, she discussed the possibility of following in the comic book’s footsteps and morphing her performance from the best friend to the yellow and purple-clad hero.
Throughout Season 1, Trish was troubled by her past as a former child star that was thrown into show business at a young age by her abusive mother. She loved her adopted sister, Jessica (Krysten Ritter), but spent almost all of her time trying desperately to be as strong and vital as her. Whether Trish was training to fight so as not to be considered weak or surrounding herself with top-of-the-line security to have the jump on potential enemies, she spent all her spare energy being the most super non-superhero person she could be. This attitude came to a climax when [SPOILER ALERT] her psychotic ex-boyfriend, Will Simpson (Will Traval), attacked her after juicing himself up on some mysterious government-issue performance enhancer. Trish downed a few herself and attacked, getting her first taste of super humanity — but was it her last?
“I think the gesture of taking the pills was about — I think for Trish, part of her shadow personality is that there’s a certain covetous part of her,” Taylor told Comic Book Resource. “I think she covets some of the things that Jessica has. I think there is an unholy ambition that sits just under the surface.”
This “covetous” nature of the Netflix character is a bit different than the way Hellcat has her origins come about in the comic books, but the show still has the building blocks in place for Hellcat's arrival as early as Season 2. It’s her childhood love of superheroes that sparks her journey to the mask on paper, but a love for her super-sister works just as well. In addition, Hellcat ends up getting heavily involved with the world of magic, according to Marvel. Diehard fans of the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) will remember that the mystical side of the world was teased in the first season of “Daredevil” and will be the main focus of the upcoming connected film “Doctor Strange.” In other words, the writing is on the wall for Hellcat to finally become a reality on “Jessica Jones” Season 2, as the character and larger universe are already set up for it . However, there may be one small hiccup.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, Taylor has been tapped to star in “ARQ,” a science fiction thriller for Netflix. With her time split between two shows, it’s possible that “Jessica Jones” Season 2 will put off the Hellcat story for a later date. However, with “Luke Cage,” “Daredevil” Season 2 and possibly “Iron Fist” still needing to drop on Netflix before the next run of “Jones,” it’s entirely too soon to worry about time constraints for the cast at all.