At the beginning of The Defenders we find Danny Rand (Finn Jones) fighting back a lot of feelings of guilt. In an interview with IGN Jones talks about what state of mind Danny is in at the beginning of the series.
“At the end of Iron Fist, Danny feels very guilty that he left his responsibilities, he ****ed up basically,” Jones said. “He realized how he allowed his own emotions and his own inner recklessness to get in the way of his responsibility and the result was the loss of his home and somewhere where he grew up for 15 years. He’s being driven by guilt to take down the Hand, so we’re seeing a much more purposeful and driven Danny at the beginning of Defenders.”
Jones also spoke about some of what he sees as the misconceptions about the character from the solo series.
“It’s a common misconception that Danny was ‘the Chosen One’ and he came from money. I know there’s a lot of talk about Danny being very privileged and this and that, but I do think it’s a common misconception that people are just seeing the character in very broad strokes. Danny, yes he grew up in a very wealthy family, but at 10 years old he was ripped out of an airplane, he lost both of his parents, and he had to grow up in a very desolate environment for 15 years. He had to train and work super hard to become the Iron Fist. It was never about him being ‘the Chosen One.’ He definitely didn’t live a life of privilege from 10 years-old onward. He actually lived a very difficult life,” Jones explained.
That doesn’t quite address the problems people had with Danny as a character but it’s quite obvious that Jones is attached to Danny and is feeling protective.
Summary: Daredevil, Jessica Jones, Luke Cage, and Iron Fist team up to fight crime in New York City.
Marvel’s The Defenders, created by Douglas Petrie and Marco Ramirez, stars Charlie Cox, Krysten Ritter, Mike Colter, Finn Jones, and Sigourney Weaver. It will stream to Netflix on August 18th.
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