Marvel and Netflix are continuing their global collaborative domination this year, with fans gearing up for the momentous release of The Defenders, coming to the streaming service a little later this year. For the first time ever, heroes Daredevil (Charlie Cox), Jessica Jones (Krysten Ritter), Luke Cage (Mike Colter) and Iron Fist (Finn Jones) will come together to face one of their biggest threats to-date, in the form of Sigourney Weaver as Alexandra. Teaming up in their own forthcoming mini-series, comic book readers and television viewers alike can’t wait to see what’s in store when The Defenders debuts this summer.
The past week or so has been rife with brand new information about the upcoming show, with many of the different actors talking from the set, filming scenes and grabbing some time with media in-between takes. Now in a new chat conducted after filming a scene for the upcoming Defenders miniseries, actor Finn Jones – who portrays Danny Rand aka. Iron Fist – speaks about his character’s ‘drive’ in bringing all of the Marvel/Netflix heroes together.
As Jones explains to EW:
“What we’re seeing [in The Defenders] is Danny is definitely becoming more at ease, I’d say, and more comfortable with his environment because he has others around him, because he’s not going at it alone anymore. You get to see Danny’s brighter side coming out, and he’s not so tormented by this, but also because he’s found his purpose.
“In Iron Fist, he’s so unwound, because he doesn’t know who he is, there’s always so much confusion, and he’s always on the brink of a total meltdown, or totally annihilating something, someone, mainly himself. There’s always this high energy frenetic tension, but in Defenders, he’s definitely more responsible. He has ground, has drive. I’d say that’s the key word for Danny in The Defenders. He drives all of the Defenders to get behind him to solve this… [Pauses as the publicist looks up] issue.”
Based on what Jones had to say during this brief chat, it looks as if Danny Rand is going to be one of the main forces in bringing the team of Daredevil, Jones, Cage and himself together, for The Defenders.
Knowing that Danny Rand’s role will be integral to The Defenders is certainly something exciting for big fans of the character. However, without having seen any of the solo Iron Fist series (which debuts in March), not many conclusions can be drawn as to how the character’s teamwork and skills can and will be utilized.
Despite that, we can draw the conclusion that The Defenders will echo the relationship shared between Rand and Luke Cage in the Heroes for Hire comic book series. As Jones also told EW:
“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.”
Daredevil season 1 and 2, Jessica Jones season 1, and Luke Cage season 1 are now available on Netflix. Iron Fist will premiere on March 17. The Defenders and The Punisher will arrive at some point this year. Premiere dates for the newest seasons of Jessica Jones, Daredevil, and Luke Cage have not yet been revealed.