Iron Fist isn’t your usual dark, brooding superhero.
During an interview at the JW Marriott in New York, I asked Finn Jones what sets Iron Fist apart from other superheroes… and it’s apparently his child-like qualities.
“It’s really nice to play a superhero that’s optimistic and vulnerable and naïve,” he revealed. “You never see that. You never see that in superheroes, or even in television where you see just someone being honest and open and they’re not hiding behind false, macho masculinity, especially in superheroes. You actually see Danny’s inner strength, which is his soft side and his vulnerability.”
There are plenty of moments you see this in Iron Fist.
One of the most memorable, is during his dramatic comeback at Rand Enterprises. He’s given his father’s old office and it’s been decked out with all his old office furniture. It’s basically a room he remembers from his childhood. And as stone-faced lawyer Jeri Hogarth tries to keep him focussed on the matters at hand, he can’t help diving under the desk to find a bunch of stickers he put there as a kid.
And the child-like glee on his face says it all.
“We were all boys once,” he added. “Well, not all of us… but you know. It’s a difficult time when you’re twenty to twenty-five. You have no idea what you’re doing or what you’re gonna be. I just, I really admire Danny and that characterisation of Danny, of taking that time in a young man’s life and exploring it seriously. I really admire it and I think it’s very true, especially how I felt growing up.”
Why is it so important to be different?
Well, Jones’s co-star Jessica Henwick summed it up rather neatly:
“I think the idea of a superhero character needing to be really angsty and world-weary and jaded is kind of becoming a trope,” she explained. “It’s hard to keep trying to make those shows and keep making them original, so I think one of the unique aspects of our show is that the roles are so reversed.”
Marvel’s Iron Fist stars Finn Jones as the titular hero, alongside Jessica Henwick, Tom Pelphrey, Jessica Stroup, David Wenham, Rosario Dawson, Wai Ching Ho, and Sacha Dhawan.
Marvel’s Iron Fist Season One is available on Netflix now.
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