According to Finn Jones, Iron Fist may just be ready to become a superhero by the end of The Defenders. Iron Fist the show and Danny Rand the character are having a rough time. While Season 1 was one of Netflix's most watched, it was met with lots of backlash from fans and critics. Even with some of the casting controversy aside, the writing, acting, and action were met with much less acclaim than the other Marvel/Netflix shows. Many are hoping, however, that The Defenders can change that.
While Iron Fist is the only series yet to be given a second season, we'll next see Danny in action this August when the street-level heroes of the Marvel universe team up to fight a new threat in The Defenders. The show will not only allow Danny some more shading, but let fans see how he functions as part of an ensemble rather than as the main character. We'll also get to see Danny and Luke start a friendship, teasing one of comics' best relationships. But echoing Mike Colter's words yesterday that The Defenders would irrevocably change the various heroes, Danny Rand will come out of the show better than before.
MCU Exchange and the It's All Connected Podcast have another quote from the recent Comicpalooza event in Houston. This time, Finn Jones spoke a bit about how The Defenders will change and mature Danny.
"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. 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 the quote sure seems to hint at Danny finally donning his costume and becoming a full-fledged hero, it's rather hard to tell what the future holds as we don't yet know if Iron Fist will be back. More than that, but Jones' comments don't completely match what we've seen of Danny so far. While immature and naive certainly seem to fit, Danny is hardly ordinary. Considering the trauma he's been through and his magical martial arts training in a mystical city, he's certainly in the most abnormal position of all of the heroes.
Still, the general idea seems to be that The Defenders will help shape and grow these characters, leading them closer to how they appear in the comics. As for Danny's future, there's certainly plenty of places his story could go, most of which will surely turn the opinion on the character around.
The same event brought us news that Madame Gao will be back for The Defenders, uniting Danny and Daredevil's quests so far. Her appearance also ties into the tag at the end of Iron Fist, teasing the machinations of Davos and Joy Meachum in Danny's future.
The Defenders arrives on August 18th, with The Punisher coming later this year. Daredevil seasons 1 and 2, Jessica Jones season 1, Luke Cage season 1, and Iron Fist season 1 are now available on Netflix. Premiere dates for the next seasons of Jessica Jones, Daredevil, and Luke Cage have not yet been revealed.
Source: MCU Exchange