“So, one of the first conversations I had with Marco [Ramirez, The Defenders showrunner] was about when Danny meets these other three individuals, what does he learn from them, and what do they learn from him?” he said. “That was the most important thing to me about The Defenders, and we got that across. They really helped him understand himself so much better and really give him more perspective on who he is in the world.”
Jones then began talking about his fellow Hero For Hire, calling him “Danny’s coach.”
“He’s like his counselor, kind of helps wind him down in times when he’s just being a little bit out of control and pretty understanding in situations from a different perspective,” Jones said.
But the Devil of Hell’s Kitchen might hold a bit more sway over the Iron Fist at this point.
“Daredevil is like Danny’s older brother,” Jones said. “He’s someone that Danny looks up to. He starts to take a great deal of inspiration from him. I think he admires Daredevil. He admires — even though he’s seen adversity in his life, as Danny has — that he’s not letting that overwhelm him and he’s not letting that get him down, and he’s actually using his abilities for good and doing it in a responsible way. He really takes a lot of inspiration from that.”
Unsurprisingly, Jessica Jones is singled out for her unending amount of sass.
“Jessica is like the cooler, annoying older sister who is always picking on her little brother. Even though she’s always picking on him, she does it out of kindness because, essentially, Danny is the eternal optimistic while Jessica is the down-and-out pessimist,” Jones said. “I think it’s really wonderful that Danny meets Jessica, because she kind of brings it down a notch. Jessica is able to take the kids out there and try Danny and make him realize that maybe he shouldn’t take himself so seriously.”
Rand definitely thinks highly of himself despite all the issues with self doubt. Daredevil’s sacrifice in the end will serve to propel his journey in a more heroic direction when Iron Fist returns for Season Two.
For now, you can stream The Defenders on Netflix.