danny finn the defenders

There are still two months to go before ‘Iron Fist‘ makes its debut on Netflix. Despite that, Marvel and Netflix are already beginning to gear up for ‘The Defenders’, a crossover series set to unite the stars of the four prior Netflix shows this summer. Mirroring (albeit it in a more down to earth fashion) the ‘Avengers’ films, ‘The Defenders’ will see the heroes of Marvel’s various Netflix series team up to combat a greater threat than any they have faced thus far.

In a recent conversation with Entertainment Weekly, ‘Iron Fist’ star Finn Jones shed some light on his character’s role on the team, presenting Danny Rand as something of a driving force in ‘The Defenders‘. In addition to this, he also hints at some of the ways the character will change between his introduction in ‘Iron Fist’ and his time with the Defenders:

“What we’re seeing [in ‘The Defenders’] is Danny is definitely becoming more at ease, I’d say, and more comfortable with his environment because he has others around him, because he’s not going it alone anymore. You get to see Danny’s brighter side coming out, and he’s not so tormented by this, but also because he’s found his purpose.

In ‘Iron Fist’, he’s so unwound, because he doesn’t know who he is, there’s always so much confusion, and he’s always on the brink of a total meltdown, or totally annihilating something, someone, mainly himself. There’s always this high energy frenetic tension, but it ‘Defenders’, he’s definitely more responsible. He has ground, has drive. I’d say that’s the key word for Danny in ‘The Defenders’. He drives all of the Defenders to get behind him to solve this… issue.”

Jones also took the opportunity to hint at the answer to a question that has long been hanging over ‘The Defenders’ (and, to a lesser extent, ‘Iron Fist’ as well). Namely, the relationship between his character and Luke Cage. In the comics, the two have a long-standing friendship in both their civilian and superheroic identities, and fans have long been wondering what form this friendship will take when translated to the screen. Jones had this to say on the subject:

“It’s a really big thing among the fan base, and that aspect is coming through really well. The great thing about the comic books is they’re fantastic but they’re – and I don’t want to say two-dimensional – they’re comic books, and what we’re doing is we’re making more fleshed-out characters who have real problems with the world. There’s more to Danny and Luke’s characters and what they can bring to each other than the comic books ever came upon.”

Finn Jones will make his debut as Danny Rand in ‘Iron Fist’ on March 17. 2017, alongside Jessica Henwick, David Wenham, Jessica Stroup, Tom Pelphrey, and Rosario Dawson. Jones will then return to the role later this year when he joins Charlie Cox, Krysten Ritter, and Mike Colter in ‘The Defenders’.

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