Charlie Cox’s Daredevil/Matt Murdock and Vincent D’Onofrio’s Kingpin/Wilson Fisk have already jumped from Netflix to the full-fledged Marvel Cinematic Universe on Disney+ service and will return for their own “Daredevil: Born Again” series soon.
But what about the others? There are already rumors that Krysten Ritter’s Jessica Jones could be making the transition as well. Meanwhile, Mike Colter is busy with other work, such as the Paramount+ series “Evil” and other film gigs. Though there’s no talk of Punisher yet, one could easily see Jon Bernthal returning.
Then there’s the runt of the litter – Finn Jones’ Iron Fist. Easily the most poorly received of all the ‘Defenders’ series, a lot of the issue with the show beyond the clunky writing and some supporting performances was the miscasting of Finn Jones to play Danny Rand.
Jones has proven a solid performer outside the series but didn’t fit the Rand character from Day One. Thus not many are calling for his return. Speaking about the show’s demise with Geekscape podcast recently, Jones admits the first season was messy but blames scheduling conflicts:
“I think, really, the first season, there was a lot of creative challenges, and it didn’t live up to the expectations, and I think that came down to…really, it came down to scheduling conflicts.
That season of television was rushed because we had ‘The Defenders’ that we had to film straight afterwards. We had to film ‘The Defenders,’ we had all those other actors locked into that schedule, so we had to film those thirteen episodes of television in that set time.
Unfortunately, we just didn’t have the time to do what was expected and what was desired, which was a kick-ass, amazing kung fu show and martial arts show. And the reason that show failed was because of the time constraints, because of bad scheduling.”
So how about the second season? The sophomore run of the series was better received, with Jessica Henwick’s Colleen Wing character widely praised, but it still didn’t perform well with critics or audiences.
Jones puts the second season’s failure again down to scheduling – this time the conflict being with Netflix and Disney dissolving their relationship, and thus the season was quickly pulled:
“[In] Season 2, we really understood what the flaws were, and we worked hard to course-correct the show. And in my opinion, we did. We did a fantastic job bringing that show back up to code.
Unfortunately, just a month after that show had been premiered, all of the shows got deleted because Disney wanted to create their own series. They wanted to do their own thing on their own platform, which is understandable. But it was a shame that it kind of, just when we were out of the gate, ready to kind of go running, we were just, like, yanked.”
Jones most recently had a recurring role on the Apple TV+ series “Dickinson” and a lead role in the “Swimming with Sharks” series remake. He also starred in the films “Canyon Del Muerto” and “The Visitor”.