The actors of Iron Fist are fantastic. I was immediately pleased to see David Wenham (Faromir in Return of the King) had a prominent role, and his acting was unpredictable and gratifying to watch. Jessica Henwick's role as Colleen Wing was an unexpected surprise. I cannot decide if it is either her beauty or her beautiful delivery that makes her such a fantastic supporting actress in the series. (Hopefully she won't ruin a good career with typical Hollywood virtue signaling on Twitter.) Rosario Dawson returns as Nurse Claire--the legendary RN of Manhattan who sews up the wounded and broken superheroes. And Tom Tom Pelphrey's role as Ward Meacham has been a rollercoaster of both sympathy and hate for me. I hope I get to see him return in another season.
But the best actor has been the star of the show, Finn Jones, who plays the hero, Danny Rand, aka the Iron Fist. I have heard that he had a role in the HBO series, Game of Thrones, but I haven't watched much of the latter due to its constant sultry and gratuitous impure themes.
Some of my colleagues remark how it seems as if Jones is over-doing his role as Danny Rand. They say he is over-acting. However, I have to ask: Haven't you ever known any young person who happened to get caught up in Eastern mysticism, ran off to India, Tibet, or other points East, and they come back as a holier-than-thou know-it-all when it comes to inner peace? Or, at the very least, haven't you watched Berry Gordon's The Last Dragon? These people who come back from their spiritual journey talk in a sort of a condescending tone. In fact, they seem to over-do-it with their tone and lecturing upon their return from the Far East. This is the tone that Danny Rand speaks in throughout Iron Fist, and it made perfect sense to me.
I have heard that it is Jones' character who will likely be leading a team of superheroes in The Defenders later this year. The show will feature Ironfist, Daredevil, Jessica Jones, and Luke Cage. It will be a pure rockem-sockem event, lasting for about eight episodes. Leadership over The Defenders requires the over-exerted and forceful tone of Danny Rand--who in the story actually returns to New York from a mystical city of kung fu warrior monks in the Himalayas.
SJW Incursion Into Marvel
There has been a lot of whining about the fact that Danny Rand is a white guy who fights with kung fu. The Left howled and screamed last month, giving the show bad reviews because they don't want to see anymore white superheroes. The liberals, who have no respect for original source material and likely have no interest in actually watching the show, would rather continue to see Marvel on a crash course with their Hispanic Spiderman, black female Ironman, and female butch Thor replacement.
To the squealing pinheads who never had any imagination to begin with, Danny Rand--a white kid who learned kung fu and returned to riches in New York City--is an ongoing insult.
|"Look at him. This guy is too white."|
Fortunately for the viewers, Netflix has continued to stay truer to the original content of the idea of Iron Fist, and they are showing no signs of capitulation.
I remember reading about how the writers of the Marvel comics decided to go into off-the-wall-court-the-liberals mode back in 2011, when Spiderman dipped down from his web to give President Obama a high-five. Going the insane diversity route hasn't worked out well for Marvel Comics ever since then, when they decided to pretty much isolate a large portion of the audience with their blatant liberalism and disregard for readers.
We saw the sales of any character that was diverse, any character that was new, our female characters, anything that was not a core Marvel character, people were turning their nose up against. That was difficult for us because we had a lot of fresh, new, exciting ideas that we were trying to get out and nothing new really worked.
-David Gabriel, Marvel's VP of Sales, March 2017
Here's a wild idea, if you want to stop losing money with your material, how about you stop insulting your audience? No sane person would go and buy these comics anymore.
If original source material sells, and the audience likes it, then leave it alone. Hopefully the Marvel Cinematic Universe will take this lesson from their company's comic book division and refrain from screwing with the primary characters--as the liberal social justice warriors would dictate.
As for Finn Jones, his acting delivers, and it will be even more fantastic upon the release of The Defenders this August. The mosaic of Marvel's cinematic universe on Netflix will have its capstone event, and my prediction is that the fans will be begging for more.