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Finn Jones: Iron Fist or Iron Bust?

Finally! After years of waiting (and months of rumors that the series was going to be cancelled), we got an actor to portray Iron Fist in the Netflix division of Marvel Cinematic Universe. The role of Danny Rand/Iron Fist will be filled by Finn Jones, famous for his role as Loras Tyrell aka the Knight of the Flowers in HBO’s Game of Thrones. But the question stands: will he do the role justice, or will he completely butcher the beloved character?

First, we need to take a look at the character of Iron Fist. Basically, Danny Rand is the son of a wealthy American businessman who becomes orphaned in the Himalayas at a young age. He’s rescued by the inhabitants of a mystical otherworldly city known as K’un-Lun, and there he is taught how to harness the magical power of the Iron Fist. So it’s got a very Batman Begins/Arrow vibe as far as the origin story goes, but there’s some magic thrown in to spice up the lot.

This will be a huge step forward in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, mainly because we haven’t seen much magic yet. This will all change when Doctor Strange is released in November 2016, and it looks like the Iron Fist solo series could further expand on the magical elements. In fact, I wouldn’t be surprised if we get a tiny Easter Egg to Danny Rand (or at least the Iron Fists) in Doctor Strange’s film.

Finn Jones is mostly known for his work on Game of Thrones. Now, I’m not a huge fan of Game of Thrones, so I may be biased in thinking Finn Jones isn’t who I pictured for Iron Fist. The character of Loras Tyrell is pretty bleh. I don’t see much significance to him on Game of Thrones aside from being some pretty boy who Sansa was infatuated with. I guess Jones does an okay job. I wasn’t impressed with Loras in the books, and the show is hardly any better, but that’s not necessarily Finn’s fault. All that being said, Marvel has yet to disappoint me with its casting choices so far (except for the Maximoff Twins – dear lord, Aaron Taylor-Johnson and Elizabeth Olsen suck at accents). I only hope that Jones can hide his very thick British accent in his role of Danny Rand, unless they decide to go for an English version.

I’m willing to give Jones a chance. I always pictured Danny Rand as being cocky and a bit full of himself, but ultimately a bad-ass. At the very least, he should have a vibrant personality and decent chemistry with his bff Luke Cage. Fortunately, it looks like Jones definitely has the personality to properly portray his character. Take a look at our interview with him below.

How can you not like the guy? He seems pretty nice and genuine. For all we know, he could be the best casting choice in the Marvel Netflix series (though I don’t see how anyone could surpass Charlie Cox‘s Matt Murdock).

One more thing I have to address about this casting choice is ethnicity. Apparently, people are unhappy with the fact that we have “another white guy” in the MCU. I won’t deny that Hollywood has a history of white-washing roles, and I’m fine with the changing of races to characters as long as they don’t impact their role, but give me a break. This is the first time I’ve seen people pissed that they cast a person as the same ethnicity as the character they’re portraying. Danny Rand is white, so it makes sense for the actor portraying him to be white.

Here’s the kicker: people are saying Danny Rand should’ve been an Asian actor. That’s all well and good, but then these same people would probably complain about the fact that we have an Asian actor portraying a master martial artist. Stereotyping much? It’s a “damned if you do, damned if you don’t” scenario. Cast a white actor and be accused of white-washing, or cast an Asian actor and be accused of stereotyping. The only way out of this is to cast a non-Asian POC in the role, which would’ve been fine with me, but in the end, the character is white, so why is it bad that the actor playing them is white? Complain about the fact that movies like Exodus are casting white people for traditionally and historically non-white characters. Don’t complain that a show finally decided to stick by its source material.

That’s my bit and I’m sticking to it. I’m optimistic for the Iron Fist series, and I hope more people will warm up to the idea. I mean, has Marvel’s Netflix programming let us down yet?

What do you think about Finn Jones being cast as Iron Fist? Let us know in the comments or on Twitter!

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Alex Reale

From a young age, Alex knew he was destined to be a writer. He also harbored a deep infatuation with superheroes and comics. Luckily, he was able to combine these two passions through his role with A Place to Hang Your Cape, where he works as Junior Sidekick and Social Media Hero.

When he’s not writing for AP2HYC or working full-time as a content manager for a small business website, Alex is diligently at work on other creative projects including a fantasy novel collection and an independent comic series.

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