No matter how closely HBO's "Game of Thrones" tries to hide plot and production secrets, it's no match for Marvel Television and its Netflix dramas. And Finn Jones should know; he's been involved with both.
Similarly, the actor, who played Loras Tyrell on HBO's hit drama, insists comics fans also have fantasy devotees beat when it comes to fervor.
"I find the comic book audience a lot more intense than the fantasy one, definitely," he said. "It’s been cool. There’s been a great response when I’ve been out and about and people realize I’m playing Iron Fist. It’s made me realize that loads of people actually read comic books over here and loads of people are into martial arts."
Of high interest to those fans is, of course, the meeting of Iron Fist and Mike Colter's Luke Cage -- Marvel's Heroes For Hire -- in Netflix's upcoming "Defenders" miniseries, and perhaps beyond.
"I love Mike, he’s so sweet. We’re working together really well, which is fucking cool," Jones said. "So far all of our stuff has been like, 'Whoa!' … It’s a really big thing among the fan base, and that aspect is coming through really well. The great thing about the comic books is they’re fantastic but they’re — and I don’t want to say two-dimensional — they’re comic books, and what we’re doing is we’re making more fleshed-out characters who have real problems with the world. There’s more to Danny and Luke’s characters and what they can bring to each other than the comic books ever came upon."
Introduced by Marvel Comics in 1978's "Power Man and Iron Fist" #54, Heroes For Hire was originally a professional investigation and protection service operated by Luke Cage and Danny Rand, who sometimes received assistance from such allies as Misty Knight and Colleen Wing. Different versions of the team have appeared over the years, sometimes without Luke or Danny, but the original combination remains the most popular.
Colter teased in October that Luke and Danny going into business together on screen may be inevitable. "We’re getting ready to do ‘Heroes For Hire’ eventually, come on," he teased while wearing a Heroes For Hire T-shirt. "We’re gonna do it.”
Debuting March 17 on Netflix, "Iron Fist" also stars Jessica Henwick, David Wenham, Jessica Stroup, Tom Pelphrey and Rosario Dawson. "The Defenders," which teams Jones' Danny Rand with Charlie Cox's Daredevil, Krysten Ritter's Jessica Jones and Mike Colter's Luke Cage, arrives this summer.