Since the original publishing of the piece, my twitter has been inundated with folks that are really angry with me. So allow me to clarify something:
While I do not think the casting of a white man, as a traditionally white character, in a team comprised of a seeing-impaired man, a female superhero, and an African-American superhero is the cause for a social justice war…I have no problem with those of you that do. I have my opinion, and you have yours.
I can think it’s as silly as I want, but I’ll fight to the death for your ability to fight that fight. Just because I’m not your ally, doesn’t mean I’m your enemy.
If this means something to you, and you value this debate, then keep discussing it. And anyone else here reading this, use #AAIronFist to let your voice be heard if this is something you hold dear.
When Finn Jones, best known for his role on HBO’s GAME OF THRONES, was announced as playing IRON FIST in the upcoming series based on the Marvel character, there was quite a stir on the internet. For whatever reason, there was an uproar about a white man playing Iron Fist- a character traditionally depicted as…a white man. Now that we seem be past that weird little “controversy,” and the public has moved on to attacking/defending another brunette caucasian female lead in a STAR WARS movie, we can start focusing on what Jones is going to be doing with the role.
While much about the series is still a mystery, we have heard that it’s going to have its own distinct tone- which makes sense, considering Iron Fist’s mythos includes lots of spiritual and fantastical elements. We know that it’s set in the same universe as, well, everything Marvel, but specifically the world inhabited by Daredevil, Jessica Jones, and Luke Cage. In fact, once Iron Fist has been established in this universe, Marvel will be hosting a crossover event on the streaming network about their comic book team THE DEFENDERS.
So what’s up with Jones? He’s been pretty mum since his casting was announced. Until now.
The English actor has just made his first real comments about the role, and what excites him most about IRON FIST:
“Iâ€™ve always dreamed of a role that bridged spiritual discipline and badass superhero. Thereâ€™s a contradiction in those elements thatâ€™s going to be very fun to play.”
Sounds like a rather lofty goal, but when you consider the strong quality of all of the Marvel’s Netflix offerings so far, you have to give them the benefit of the doubt that they’ll give this unique character his due.
You excited for IRON FIST yet? I’m still working my way through Season 2 of DAREDEVIL, and now all I want is for them to scrap everything and just give me a PUNISHER series! I want it now, dammit!
SOURCE: MCU Exchange