Marvel defends casting white actor for Iron Fist role

Mar 18, 2017, 00:57
Marvel defends casting white actor for Iron Fist role

Just like its comic, Marvel's Iron Fist has become a hot-topic because of its uncomfortable racial boundaries.

He specifically called out Finn Jones' take on Danny Rand, the central character in the series.

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"Danny Rand may have remained true to its source material but our show incorporates and celebrates actors from all different backgrounds", Jones said.

It's kind of astounding how far out of its way Iron Fist seems to go to avoid being interesting.

Iron Fist follows billionaire Danny Rand, who returns to New York City after being presumed dead for 15 years.

The best way for Marvel/Netflix to punch through that negative energy was to produce the best Iron First story possible for a live-action adaptation.

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Danny spends many of his scenes in tedious board meetings; meanwhile Colleen is kicking the shit out of men twice her size. I suppose the fortune cookie nuggets of wisdom he dispenses are meant to grant some degree of Zen-like insight, but unfortunately he sounds like a guy who spent far too much time reading bestselling self-help platitudes on the misty mountaintop when he should have been getting ready for life on the mean streets.

He then compared "Iron Fist" to two of Netflix's other Marvel series, "Jessica Jones" and "Luke Cage", writing in a series of tweets that his show is the "most diverse" of the Marvel shows. I instantly thought of the first few volumes of Marvel's "Immortal Iron Fist" comic books by writers Matt Fraction, Ed Brubaker and artist David Aja. After the plane crash, he was taken in by martial art warriors in the mystical city of K'un-Lun. The problem is, Danny was long thought to be dead, after a plane crash in the Himalayas claimed the lives of his father and mother over a decade ago - and the relatives who now control the family's corporate business would prefer he was still M.I.A. Thanks to having learned a strain of kung-fu that enables him to channel the power of a mystical dragon's heart though his deadly-weapon hands, however, the stranger in a unusual land proves that he's more than capable of taking care of himself. His friends refuse to believe he is who he says. The plot is being kept mostly tight-lipped, except for Sigourney Weaver's casting, but Finn admitted in an interview that Danny would be the one who brings the Defenders together for the show.

Over the past few years, Marvel Television and Netflix have rolled out show after show with the grand plan of uniting a mismatched group of NY superheroes into a kind of Big Apple Avengers.

The Hand is known to be the ultimate villainous force of The Defenders, but the group also provides the main antagonists of Iron Fist. "Everyone" includes his family friends - a brother and sister pair who now manage that business empire - and a no-nonsense martial artist named Colleen Wing (Jessica Henwick), who he crosses paths with. The fourth in a series of Netflix shows from the comic creator, it is created to set up the final piece of the quartet for The Defenders team, a crossover series coming soon. (She gets her own solo story in Immortal Weapons #2) In Immortal Iron Fist #10, she destroys an opponent by opening her torso to reveal a roiling mass of spiders, described as "the black milk of hell". What do you think - are the critics on the right track or totally out of line? At the end of the season, after her will-they-won't-they flirtation with Luke was cut short by his rearrest, Claire was strategically shown taking down the phone number of Colleen Wing's dojo, for self-defense classes.

We finally get to see our first glimpse of the Iron Fist! The fight scenes are boring, which is doubly transgressive when it comes to Iron Fist-sick martial arts are kind of his thing, and some style and flourish is necessary in the Netflix corner of the Marvel Universe, where everyone's superpower mostly boils down to punching really hard.

Iron Fist premiers Friday, March 17th on Netflix. There's still plenty of time for him to flawless his punches - hopefully while wearing a colorful superhero uniform. Jones isn't channeling Robert Downey Jr., Chris Evans, Chris Hemsworth or Chris Pratt, but he's trying.