Finn Jones thinks fans will be surprised by the iconic meeting of Iron Fist and Luke Cage in The Defenders. Ever since Marvel announced their slate of shows with Netflix, fans have been hoping to see Danny Rand and Luke Cage come together. Thanks to their time in the '70s serving as Heroes for Hire, their friendship has become one of the most popular in the comics. As such, the opportunity to see them finally join forces on screen has many viewers anxious for The Defenders to premiere.
When The Defenders arrives in a few weeks, it will see the various heroes all in a difficult place. Danny will be getting particular focus, however, as his arc from Iron Fist will finally be completed. Part of that growth will come from Danny's interactions with Luke, pitting the privileged rich kid with the street-wise community leader. But while that juxtaposition will make for interesting chemistry, it will also provide a rocky start to their friendship.
During the SDCC panel for The Defenders, CBR heard from Finn Jones about how the show will approach the first meeting between Danny and Luke:
“Because it’s so iconic, I don’t think you want to put too much pressure onto it or try to oversell it, you know? So I think we played it very truthfully. Lucky, [executive producer] Marco [Ramirez] wrote some incredible scenes between us and really got to the nitty gritty of why these two eventually become best friends. We just kind of played the truth of it and try to keep it as real as possible.”
Given that both characters are more nuanced than when they were introduced based on blaxsploitation and martial arts trends of the '70s, it makes sense that their contrasting styles would make their friendship a tough sell. Luckily, it sounds as if the show will approach things in an honest way. By doing so, the writers will add something real and not simply build a bond based on the demands of the source material. Of course, this will lead to an atypical first meeting.
“I think that’s a little bit surprising, because everyone knows us as being bffs and actually the first time we see each other there’s conflict, and it grounds and roots the characters into reality a little bit better, which I think is really interesting."
We've seen in both the first teaser for The Defenders and the recent SDCC trailer that Danny and Luke get off to a rough start. In fact, it looks like all of the characters will find Danny to be a little bit silly. Luckily, this kid brother aspect of the hero will allow him plenty of room for growth, something that was sorely lacking in Iron Fist season 1. It will also help tee things up for the recently confirmed second season of Iron Fist, allowing a more realized version of the character to come to life.
Marvel’s The Defenders premieres on August 18, 2017 on Netflix. Marvel’s The Punisher premiers later in 2017, and additional seasons of Daredevil, Jessica Jones, and Luke Cage are expected to air in 2018.