Why Did Finn Jones Fail As Iron Fist?

Written By Kieran Bugg

Why Did Finn Jones Fail as Iron Fist

Finn Jones’ lack of punch as Iron Fist is finally explained. Out of all the Marvel TV series that were put out by Netflix during their short-lived partnership, Iron Fist was the least favorite among fans.

Moreover, Iron Fist is still considered to be the black sheep of Marvel Television alongside ABC’s Inhumans.

Thanks a lot, Season One showrunner Scott Buck.

Fans and critics slammed everything from the fight scenes to the acting.

Compared that to Daredevil, which received universal acclaim.

The show improved some of its flaws in the second and final season.

However, it still wasn’t enough to change where most fans stand on this adaptation of Iron Fist.

Their issues of Finn Jones’ unconvincing martial arts abilities never vanished.

After almost three years since Netflix cancelled it, stunt coordinator Bret Chan appeared on a recent episode of the JAMCast podcast and opened up about his experience working on Iron Fist.

Chan revealed that Colleen Wing actress Jessica Henwick trained harder than anyone else working on the show.

Why Did Finn Jones Fail as Iron Fist?

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Furthermore, he alluded to Iron Fist himself, Finn Jones, not wanting to train at all for his role.

Talking about his time behind the scenes, Chan said:

You know, we spent 21-22 hour days trying to make it work and having directors say, ‘Ah, no’ or having Marvel say, ‘Ah, no.’

Chan added that:

Everyone is fighting and the actor doesn’t want to train. And it’s like, ‘Guys, throw me a bone. Give me something to work with here.’

While he does not name the actor he is referring to directly, it’s seems likely he’s talking about Finn Jones.

After all, the way he said “The actor” gave the impression he was referring to the show’s lead.

Moreover, Finn Jones’ fight scenes were the ones that were mostly panned.

One of the few redeeming qualities that Iron Fist had was Henwick. Many agree that Henwick had the right stuff.

Why Did Finn Jones Fail as Iron Fist?

Why Did Finn Jones Fail as Iron Fist?

Image: Netflix

Chan also praised Henwick for her dedication to her role and the amount of training she put herself through.

Chan explained:

That is why some of our best sequences were with Jessica Henwick. Because she trained four hours a day and she has zero martial arts experience. And we had great guys. Teaching aikido judo, and some kinjustsu. And then delivered some kung fu to add in there. It was just…yeah.

It’s not much of a surprise to hear this.

The fight scenes involving Henwick, particularly her cage-fighting scene in the first season, were the most memorable parts of Iron Fist.

Geekosity previously scooped that Feige does intent to reboot and recast Iron Fist now that the rights have reverted back to Marvel.

In addition, they also have plans to cherry-pick certain actors from the Netflix Marvel universe such as Charlie Cox as Daredevil, Jon Bernthal as the Punisher, and possibly even Krysten Ritter as Jessica Jones.

Henwick could return, too.


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