After the events of The Defenders, Daredvil, Jessica Jones, Iron Fist, and Luke Cage come away from the war for New York with some significant personal growth and according to Finn Jones, that growth is going to have an influence Danny Rand the second season of Iron Fist.
In an interview with Inverse, Jones explained that Danny’s experience with the Defenders not only connected him to other heroes, but gave him mentors and a sense of belonging that helped him see beyond himself.
"I think throughout Iron Fist Danny doesn't even know what a superhero is. So, in Defenders, this is the first time he is meeting other people with abilities, and they all have their problems. They're able to go about their lives and use their abilities responsibly and with purpose, and I think this is the first time that Danny is really seeing that,” Jones said. "It's almost like Danny's meeting some long-lost brothers and sisters for the first time. They're just equipped to tease him and punch him into walls."
But good-natured team hazing only goes so far and even Jones admits that Danny needs more to grow into being a hero.
"At the end of the day, they're there to help mentor him and help him grow into a responsible adult that he knows he can be. Essentially, Danny has a good heart—his motives are all in the right places, but he's young. He's had a tough upbringing. He's got a big weight on his shoulders, and he's never really had influential figure in his life to lead him down the right path, so he's always been a bit of a mess, very hot-headed. So, what we're seeing in The Defenders is these three people who he's come into contact with are really helping put him on the straight and narrow."
Getting Danny on the straight and narrow is only one element of improving Iron Fist in the second season. A major criticism of the show and of Jones himself was the lackluster fight scenes. Jones revealed in the interview that he was working to be better prepared.
"Moving into season 2 of Iron Fist, I'm actually starting my training next week ... 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."
The Defenders is streaming on Netflix now.
Marvel’s The Defenders follows Daredevil (Charlie Cox), Jessica Jones (Krysten Ritter), Luke Cage (Mike Colter) and Iron Fist (Finn Jones). 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.