Iron Fist debuted to a mixed reception with many criticizing the shows portray of lead hero Danny Rand. In an interview with IGN during the Television Critics Association press tour, showrunner Scott Buck explained the reason behind their depiction of Danny Rand and how the character will serve as a “counterpoint” the rest of the team on The Defenders.
Describing Rand as an “optimist”, Buck explained that Rand offers an alternative and positive outlook, especially compared to his more brooding teammates:
“But do you really want four dark, brooding Defenders?…We created him to fit into that world and be a counterpoint to some of the others. Perhaps people were not aware that there were reasons for creating a character with that sort of specific [personality].”
Buck also explained his role on The Defenders, revealing that he was there to provide the basics of the character:
“I gave them whatever input I possibly could, but Defenders is entirely their creature.”
Buck also expressed his confidence in Iron Fist season two showrunner Raven Metzner:
“They found a great showrunner to take over Iron Fist, Raven. It’s in his hands now. He’s a terrific writer and he’s going to do a great job.”
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Iron Fist has been renewed for a second season, but Danny Rand will return when The Defenders premieres later this month.
“Marvel’s The Defenders” follows Daredevil, Jessica Jones, Luke Cage and Iron Fist. A quartet of singular heroes with one common goal – to save New York City. This is the story of four solitary figures, burdened with their own personal challenges, who realize they just might be stronger when teamed together.
Marvel’s The Defenders stars Charlie Cox, Krysten Ritter, Mike Colter, Finn Jones, Deborah Ann Woll, Simone Missick, Elden Henson, Carrie-Anne Moss, Eka Darville, Rachel Taylor, Rosario Dawson, Scott Glenn, Jessica Henwick, Elodie Yung and Sigourney Weaver.
Marvel’s The Defenders is set to debut on Netflix on August 18, 2017.