Throughout my childhood, I wanted to play a superhero. I went through that same process many young, Asian, aspiring actors do; I researched what was possible for me. I googled “Asian superheroes” and found little to nothing.
The search leads one to mostly side characters or less-than-impressive villains. Many of them would sport Fu Manchus, or do things with dragons; cool, but awfully typical, and not representative of Asians and Asian Americans that I knew. I wanted to be the Flash, or Nightwing — someone who, at the very least, had a more broad market appeal than simply being a bastion of typified Asian iconography.
Netflix’s “Iron Fist,” AKA everyone’s least favorite Marvel Cinematic Universe property, will not be renewed for a third season.
According to Netflix, Finn Jones’ Danny Rand may at least continue to appear in other Netflix-Marvel universe programs such as “Daredevil,” “Jessica Jones,” “Luke Cage,” and “The Punisher,” The Hollywood Reporter reports.
To add to the list of many questionable decisions surrounding the Netflix show “Iron Fist,” Marvel executive producer Jeph Loeb chose to grace the series’ panel at San Diego Comic-Con last week wearing a Karate uniform.
The former comic book writer, who now serves as one of the executive producers in everyone’s least favorite Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) television series, has since come under fire for his tone-deaf attire.
After playing a super-powered martial artist for two seasons (one in “Iron Fist” and another in the “Defenders”), Finn Jones is finally getting around to actually training in martial arts for the second season of “Iron Fist”, Netflix’ worst reviewed Marvel show ever.
The development was announced via a Twitter fan account for the British actor. Should this get everyone pumped for a new adventure featuring Danny Rand?
Marvel’s “The Defenders” won’t be on our Netflix queue for a couple more weeks, but early reviews are rolling in and some people are pointing at Iron Fist as the major flaw in the miniseries.
Four of New York City’s superheroes — Daredevil (Charlie Cox), Jessica Jones (Krysten Ritter), Luke Cage (Mike Colter) and Iron Fist (Finn Jones) — join forces to take down an organization fronted by Alexandra, played by Sigourney Weaver (aka Ripley in “Alien”), who USA Today points out as one of the few highlights of the show.
While many have been criticizing Netflix for casting Finn Jones, a Caucasian actor, in the lead role for Marvel’s “Iron Fist”, there are those who are defending the choice since the character has always been portrayed as white even in the original comics anyway.
The reasoning was that nobody thought there was any issue about it back when the Iron Fist comic first came out in the 1970s. Created by Roy Thomas and Gil Kane in 1974, Iron Fist/Danny Rand was just one among a number of comic characters inspired by the early 70s passion for martial arts movies. But if this was fine then, why should we be complaining now?
The co-creator of the “Iron Fist” comic, Roy Thomas, used a racial slur in describing people of Asian descent that has irked the main Asian star of the Netflix adaptation.
Jessica Henwick, the lead actress on Netflix’s “Iron Fist”, took an issue of the word “Oriental” which Thomas used to refer a person’s race in an interview with Inverse.
Editor’s Note: Ranier Maningding is a copywriter and mastermind behind the social justice page “The Love Life of an Asian Guy“. The opinions expressed in this piece are solely his own.
On a scale from Rob Schneider to Bruce Lee, Netflix’s “Iron Fist” has received an endless flurry of piss-poor reviews, making it the “Deuce Bigalow” of the Marvel Universe. Marvel fanboys, however, seem to “love” the show despite its reverse-treasure trove of horrible screenwriting and Finn Jones’ “I trained martial arts at the dojo of Ronald Mcdonald.”
Last week, Netflix’s controversial ‘Iron Fist’ opened to generally disappointing reviews. However, there’s something that becomes very apparent after watching the series that everyone, including Asians, clearly missed: Finn Jones’ Danny Rand is pretty much the perfect Asian.
Here’s why (semi-spoiler alert):
Finn Jones, the actor who plays the primary protagonist Danny Rand in Netflix’s latest Marvel series “Iron Fist”, has a theory for why his latest show is far from impressive to fans everywhere.
“Iron Fist” opened to generally poor reviews with many calling it easily the weakest of Netflix’s Marvel shows so far, which includes “Daredevil”, “Jessica Jones” and “Luke Cage”.
A somewhat heated discussion between an Iron Fist fan and Finn Jones, the actor who plays the superhero character for Netflix’s upcoming series, erupted on Twitter last Sunday.
“Iron Fist” has first stirred controversy for missing the opportunity to cast an Asian actor in the role rather than rehash a tired narrative. The exchange, which revolved around the topic, eventually ended with Jones temporarily deactivating his Twitter account.
Asian American actor Lewis Tan said he worked hard and fought to land the role of Marvel’s Iron Fist but still ended up landing the role of one of the main villains instead.
On Twitter, Tan posted how he “almost” played the hero Danny Rand, but it was Game of Thrones actor Finn Jones who eventually got the role. Tan would instead be the villain Zhou Cheng, a character possessed by the entity Ch’i-Lin, assigned to killing every Iron Fist incarnation.