The big news out of Marvel’s New York Comic Con panel for Jessica Jones was the identity of Carrie-Anne Moss’ character. She’ll play a gender-swapped Jeryn Hogarth in the new Netflix series, who in Marvel comics lore has connections to Luke Cage and Iron Fist.
“They’re not friends but they need each other,” Moss said of Hogarth’s relationship with Jessica Jones during an interview with EW. “They come to each other in these scenes, and there’s a lot of back and forth and bad flirtation at times, in life. They’re funny together and can’t stand each other. It’s interesting.”
Krysten Ritter, who plays Jones, added that the relationship between Hogarth and Jones is one of the most complex she’s encountered in her career.
“It’s by far the most complex and interesting and special friendship between two women that I’ve seen in a movie or television,” Ritter said. “We’re there for each other in ways that we don’t see, but we’re never talking about a dude or an outfit. It’s a really pure bond.”
Set to debut on Nov. 20, Jessica Jones focuses on its title character, a retired superhero in search of personal redemption. Along the way she’ll encounter not just Hogarth, but fellow Marvel superhero Luke Cage, played on the show — and in his own future series — by Mike Colter.
“It was a pleasure. You get to establish the character — while I’m playing a supporting character in the series it defines who I am and gets me involved and I get to work out my POV and understand how I function in the world of New York City and Hell’s Kitchen,” Colter told EW.
For more on Jessica Jones — including why Ritter thought she’d never get cast in the lead role before her audition — watch the cast and showrunner Melissa Rosenberg chat with us inside the EW and Sirius XM booth at New York Comic above.