“Marvel’s Iron Fist” has some issues, and its lead, Finn Jones, has some choice words about the backlash. This time, it makes even less sense than last time…which was Monday
If you haven’t heard, Marvel’s Iron Fist had its first six episodes given to reviewers and media outlets. And the reviews have not been kind. You can find headlines that include the phrase “blandest Marvel Netflix outing” and “boring.”
AKA it looks like this is the first overall stumble in the Netflix department.
And lead actor Finn Jones is not having it one bit. We covered yesterday how he has already claimed it’s a show “for the fans” and “not for critics.” But that’s kind of a slight at fans, as if fans of something should hold themselves to a lower standard of something they love just for the sake of seeing it in a different medium. Not cool.
Now he’s taken a different stance since then. In an interview with the RadioTimes, he said the following:
"“I’m playing a white American billionaire superhero, at a time when the white American billionaire archetype is public enemy number one, especially in the US… We filmed the show way before Trump’s election, and I think it’s very interesting to see how that perception—now that Trump’s in power—how it makes it very difficult to root for someone coming from white privilege, when that archetype is public enemy number one.”"
Look, I know there’s a lot of crap going on in America right now, but you can’t blame Trump for every single thing. I don’t think he really had a hand in making Iron Fist have such a poor outing. After all, people are cool with genius billionaire playboy philanthropist Tony Stark. And Bruce Wayne’s roommate, Batman.
And I know that it’s very difficult for people to take the blame for things (not that it’s necessarily Jones’ fault). But why not just lay low, let the negativity run its course, and speak out about it after the fact? Make it more of a “we did the best we could, we’ll work to fix the problems, etc.” Don’t just blame a politician because it’s the cool thing to do.
Next he’ll be blaming the underpants gnomes. There’s profit in that idea somewhere.
Marvel’s Iron Fist premieres on Netflix Friday, March 17.