Marvel and Netflix's "Iron Fist" hasn't debuted yet, but it's already been the subject of much discussion online. In the comics, Iron Fist is a wealthy white kid who gets lost in the Tibetan mountains and stumbles into the mystical city of K'un-Lun where he grows to adulthood and becomes the training ground's greatest fighter. The character was created in the 1974 and has since been criticized for being a white savior figure. Many fans hoped that Marvel would cast an Asian actor in the role, to sidestep the critiques, but Netflix and Marvel went with the comic's version of the character and cast "Game of Thrones" alum Finn Jones. In a recent interview with Nerdist, Jones spoke about his superhero role.
“I understand where this frustration comes from. I understand the need for more diversity in television and films, especially for Asian actors. I understand that frustration. I agree with it, and I stand in solidarity with that voice," said Jones. "Now what frustrated me about this particular case is that people haven’t seen the show. They don’t know what we’re doing it with it. And actually, what we’re doing with it is very interesting and we’re tackling issues of what people are upset about. Danny is not a white savior. Danny can’t even save himself, let alone an entire race of people.”
Jones commented on the fictional training ground of K'un-Lun, where Rand trains to become the Iron Fist, and said that "people from all over the world, all different cultures come from K'un-Lun, so it isn't just this Asian-specific culture. You have people from Brazil there, you have people from Europe there. It's a multicultural intergalactic alternate dimension."
"Iron Fist" will also directly deal with some of the complaints lodged against the show after Jones was cast. "Danny isn't perfect," said Jones. "Danny does need to learn how to deal with his responsibility and he is a flawed character and we do address these issues in a very intelligent way -- especially towards the end of the show. So I think fans are going to be very surprised with what we're doing with it, and I just wish people would actually -- "
"Give it a chance," interjected Henwick.
Debuting on Netflix on March 17, “Iron Fist” is a production of Marvel Television developed by Scott Buck and starring Finn Jones as Daniel Rand, Jessica Henwick as Colleen Wing, Jessica Stroup as Joy Meachum, David Wenham as Harold Meachum and Rosario Dawson as Claire Temple.