Netflix's adaptation of Iron Fist has faced some form of controversy at just about every turn since the project's announcement. The casting of Finn Jones as Danny Rand instead of an Asian-American actor unleashed an online maelstrom of socially-conscious discussion, but many of the other issues audiences and critics have had with the series since its release have centered around the show's plot lines and character development. Specifically, many viewers questioned the series' characterization of its leading role.
In a recent interview with MCU Exchange, Jones explained how his character will be expanded upon in Netflix's upcoming team-up show, The Defenders, which will feature Iron Fist fighting alongside the full lineup of the streaming service's Marvel characters, primarily Daredevil, Jessica Jones, and Luke Cage.
“The thing [with] Danny is that we’re taking an ordinary kid with a lot of issues and we’re trying to iron those out first before getting to Danny as Iron Fist. And what we’ll [see] in Defenders is Danny coming to terms with being a superhero," he said. "In The Defenders when he first starts, he doesn’t even know what a superhero is and then he meets those guys and he’s like ‘WHOA. This is cool,’ and by the end of it you kind of see Danny really coming to the grips with his responsibility in a much more mature way.”
While fans will surely be happy to hear that Danny Rand's character could be more appropriately handled in The Defenders, the real question is whether or not the changes will be further expounded upon in a second season of Iron Fist. Presently the only Defender to not be picked up for a second go-round, it is quite possible that Netflix could choose to put the character on the back burner and distance itself from the negative critical response and whitewashing controversy.
Sacha Dhawan, who plays Davos, Danny’s fellow disciple from his days at the K’un-Lun temple, stated back in March that he still had “fingers crossed” that the show would receive a renewal, but that nothing was set in stone.
Iron Fist will return when The Defenders arrives Aug. 18 on Netflix. The eight-episode crossover also stars Charlie Cox as Matt Murdock, Krysten Ritter as Jessica Jones, Mike Colter as Luke Cage, Elodie Yung as Elektra Natchios, Sigourney Weaver as Alexandra, Eka Darville as Malcolm Ducasse, Simone Missick as Misty Knight, Deborah Ann Woll as Karen Page, Elden Henson as Foggy Nelson, Carrie-Anne Moss as Jeri Hogarth, Scott Glenn as Stick, Rachael Taylor as Trish Walker, Rosario Dawson as Claire Temple and Jessica Henwick as Colleen Wing.