Iron Fist's work in the Marvel Cinematic Universe is only just beginning with The Defenders and the same can be said for Finn Jones.
Jones, who has now portrayed Iron Fist (or Danny Rand) in both a self-titled 13-episode season on Netflix and eight episodes of Marvel's The Defenders, will be diving right back into work following the recent release of the ensemble series.
"Now, just gonna let you know, moving into Season 2 of Iron Fist, I’m actually starting my training next week," Jones told Inverse. "We’re at least four or five months away from shooting, so this time around, I’m being given a lot more preparation leading up to Season 2, which I think is really gonna have a huge improvement on the quality of the fight scenes in Season 2 of Iron Fist."
This is a vast change by comparison to the time Jones had to prepare for The Defenders. "I went from Iron Fist straight into Defenders," Jones said. "I had a week to turn around and that was all pretty much costume fittings, script read-throughs, and sleeping. In terms of training, really, it has been in the first season and in both of the shows. It’s been on the job."
"Obviously, by the time Defenders came, I’d been working on [Iron Fist] and performing the choreography for nearly six or seven months, so I’d gotten a lot more used to it. Also, we had a new choreography team [for Defenders] and we had a different cameraman. So, the way it was constructed and the way that it was directed and put together was very different, which I think also helped the show’s choreography."
Going forward, Jones is teasing quite an evolution for his character. "I’ve seen Iron Fist and Defenders as the first phase of Danny’s journey," Jones said. "I don’t really differentiate between the two, which has been a great thing for me because I’ve been able to play this arc of a character over a long period of time and it’s allowed me to be very nuanced and slow-burning, which I’ve really enjoyed. We’ve been taking our time getting Danny into top form."
The Defenders is available now on Netflix.