Finn Jones has talked about how meeting the Defenders changes how Danny operates as the Iron Fist moving forward. Marvel TV and Netflix has successfully launched its first ensemble project with the 8-episode mini-series, The Defenders, which debuted last Friday. The show has quickly garnered mostly positive reviews from critics, and despite some flaws, the show was able to deliver its promise of melding the individual worlds of Daredevil (Charlie Cox), Jessica Jones (Krysten Ritter), Luke Cage (Mike Colter) and Iron Fist.
Among all the street-level heroes in the show, it is no secret that Danny Rand's first solo series (which preceded The Defenders) was the weakest in terms of execution. While the other three heroes -- each with one standalone season, except for Daredevil who already has two outings, performed well in terms of critical reviews but for some reason, Marvel missed the mark with Iron Fist. That said, all doubts about him being a drag in The Defenders when fans quickly took notice of the subtle characterization changes which surprisingly even made the foursome's dynamic more interesting. And fans can expect that this more agreeable version of the character will be the one carrying the mantle Iron Fist season 2.
Speaking to Collider, Jones shared how teamwork helped Danny gain a fresh perspective about having his super abilities and how to more effectively use it in the future:
"I think it’s integral for Danny’s growth and in his pursuit of becoming Iron Fist that he has to meet these other heroes. Towards the end of Season 1 of Iron Fist, Danny didn’t even know what a superhero was... he’d just come back to New York, he’d been deserted by his friends, he had this huge responsibility of the Iron Fist that he didn’t now what to do with."
The Game of Thrones alum continued to say that in Matt, Jessica, and Luke, Danny learns that it is possible to overcome any personal tragedy, become a better person and use his super abilities for the greater good:
"It’s when he meets these other three people with abilities that he starts to understand himself and his situation, a lot more clearly. By meeting these three other heroes, in them, he sees people with abilities, but he also sees people with huge flaws and problems of their own, and they’re all able to keep it in check. They’re able to go about their lives with purpose and take their responsibility seriously. I think by the end of The Defenders, Danny is really inspired by these other three people and he’s really grounded by these other three people. By meeting them, they allow him to become the hero he was destined to be."
With that, perhaps there is more anticipation surrounding Iron Fist season 2 compared to when it was initially announced last month at San Diego Comic-Con. The sequel is set to start principal photography sometime this December with Jones penciled to begin action stunt training next week. The franchise is also getting a new showrunner which may continue the character trajectory that Danny had in The Defenders.
Marvel's The Defenders is currently available in its entirety on Netflix.