The final Defender hits Netflix on Friday, March 17th. Finn Jones stars as Danny Rand who returns to NY with the power of the Iron Fist.
Marvel has struck a home run with it’s Original Netflix TV series, and there’s no doubt Iron Fist will prove just as thrilling as Daredevil, Jessica Jones and Luke Cage. With The Defenders mini-series right around the corner, fans everywhere are dying to learn more about the warrior/monk/businessman/Living Weapon known as Iron Fist.
Many outlets have been quick to point out the similarities between Iron Fist and DC’s Arrow on The CW. Sure, both heroes were presumed dead and trained for years in an effort to stop the criminal forces that have taken over their respective cities. However, the fact Danny’s story is being brought to life on Netflix means it will be much edgier and adult than what the creative team on Arrow are allowed to do on network television. Oliver Queen was a spoiled rich kid who found himself stranded on an island in the North China Sea after his father’s yacht was sabotaged. Danny Rand lost both his parents in a plane crash at the age of ten, and grew up in a Buddhist monastery becoming a martial arts expert. There will be spiritual and supernatural elements to Iron Fist, that make it very different from the emerald archer’s story. Besides, Arrow was much more grounded in realism at the start… Until The Flash introduced metahumans, of course.
I realize a large group of comics fans were upset an Asian actor was not cast in the lead role. To those folks I say, just give the series a shot. Daniel Rand, as created by Roy Thomas and Gil Kane in 1974, was always a white boy from New York City raised in the mystical city of K’un-L’un. Yes, the character was part of a martial arts pop culture trend in the 1970s, but that’s his origin. It’s actually what made him different at the time. It would have been disingenuous of Marvel to make the character Asian, simply because of his martial arts background. Would I love to see an Asian superhero get his own show? Hell yeah, of course I freakin’ would! Listen, I’m Hispanic so I’m quite aware of the lack of diversity in my superhero shows. I just don’t feel that was the way to go with this particular series. Finn Jones was terrific on Game of Thrones, so I’m looking forward to his take on this character. Marvel’s been doing right by fans for years… They’ve got this.
Are you excited to finally meet Danny Rand as we get one step closer to The Defenders? How does Claire Temple fit in to his story? Will Matt, Jessica, or Luke make a cameo? Share your thoughts below!
Here’s Marvel/Netflix’s official series description…
Marvel’s Iron Fist follows the journey of Daniel Rand as he returns to New York City, after being missing for years, to fight against the criminal element corrupting the city with his incredible kung-fu mastery and ability to summon the awesome power of the fiery Iron Fist.
Binge-watch all of Iron Fist Season 1 on Netflix starting March 17.