Finn Jones says that Danny Rand is still growing into the role of Iron Fist and a superhero. In that regard, Marvel Television has done a remarkable job of translating what Marvel Studios did on the big screen with The Avengers with the four series that will make up this summer's The Defenders on Netflix. Unlike Daredevil, Luke Cage, or Jessica Jones, the titular character on Iron Fist features a little bit less street-smarts and world experience. Being trapped in another dimension might do that to a character.
Compared to the other heroes who make up The Defenders, Iron Fist comes off as less of a superhero and more along the lines of an inexperienced, sometimes-naive young man. Now, the actor is suggesting that may have been by design.
During last weekend's Denver Comic-Con (via LRM), Jones revealed that the key difference between his character and the other Defenders was that Netflix was still in the process of “growing [Rand] into a superhero.” The actor went on to describe his character as “extremely hot-headed” and “a mess of a character” -- though Jones made it clear that he meant Rand's personality was intentionally a mess, and not the writing.
Iron Fist is the only Defenders series that has taken a critical thrashing with a Rotten Tomatoes score of just 17 percent. However, fans of these Marvel series on Netflix have given it a far more positive score of 78 percent on the Tomato Meter — showing a huge discrepancy between fan and critic. That score is still not as high as either Daredevil and Jessica Jones, but it is on par with Luke Cage's 79 percent. Iron Fist also became Netflix's most binged series when it premiered, so all signs point to it doing well for the streaming service, just not critically.
Danny Rand not being a mature character is something that has come up previously. A little more than a month ago, Jones said that his character would mature during the events of the team-up series this summer in The Defenders. Unlike Daredevil, we haven't had any reveal of a costume for Danny Rand other than what was seen in an old film reel of a previous Iron Fist. Neither Luke Cage nor Jessica Jones wear costumes either in the comics or on the small screen, which gives Iron Fist the motif of a superhero still in progress.
Even fans who liked Iron Fist season 1 would be hard pressed to call it a perfect season of television. It is evident that there are some bugs to be worked out, which The Defenders will hopefully address. And that may lead to a more mature Danny Rand, which, in turn, may make for far more enjoyable second season of Iron Fist, which is rumored to be announced at some time in the near future.
Marvel’s The Defenders will be available for streaming on Netflix starting August 18.