The release of Netflix’s The Defenders is mere hours away, but a new interview with one of the show’s principle cast members has revealed a new piece of information about Iron Fist and his relationship with a certain fearless man. According to Finn Jones, Iron Fist will get a dose of maturity from his time spent around his new street-level hero friends, chief among them Daredevil.
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Jones explained Iron Fist’s planned heroic arc in an interview with IGN:
“Meeting these three heroes, they’re a little bit older, they’re probably about six or seven years older than him, and they’re people with abilities and problems that still manage to keep their **** together and live a responsible and purposeful life. Danny is really in admiration of that, especially in admiration of Daredevil. He sees someone who is slightly tortured, who has difficulties, who hasn’t had the perfect life, but yet he can use these abilities in a way which is responsible and can help the community and help other people. Danny sees these other three people and he’s really inspired by what they are able to achieve, so it’s like Danny meeting a bunch of older brothers and sister for the first time, and they’re keeping him in check a little bit, and they give him a self-realization that he can do that as well.”
One of the biggest criticisms of Netflix’s Iron Fist series from viewers and critics alike was that the character lacked any kind of personal growth during the show’s 13-episode journey, and that the Danny Rand viewers were introduced to lacked a level of maturity and humility often associated with the superheroes, let alone the comic book incarnation of Iron Fist. Now, it sounds like that is set to change.
On the other hand, Jones’ statement, while promising for the events of The Defenders, does call into question why Danny didn’t experience such an emotional growth during the course of Iron Fist. While Daredevil, Jessica Jones and Luke Cage are all superpowered individuals tortured in their own right, and thus likely to set a good example for Iron Fist, Danny spent the majority of his time in Iron Fist’s first season hanging around Colleen Wing and Claire Temple — exceptional characters in their own right and with their own problems.
It’s great news that Iron Fist will see a jump in maturity when The Defenders debuts tomorrow, but it’s still slightly disappointing that more wasn’t done with his character in his solo show.
Debuting Aug. 18 on the Netflix streaming service, The Defenders is a production of Marvel Television developed by Douglas Petrie and Marco Ramirez, starring Charlie Cox, Krysten Ritter, Mike Colter, Finn Jones and Élodie Yung.
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