It was bound to happen at some time or another… Marvel was bound to receive negative reviews at some point. That day has come and Finn Jones isn’t taking it well. And he has blamed everyone, including Donald Trump, for the negative reception.
Critics have not been kind to Marvel’s Iron Fist. We’ve heard every critique from whitewashing to bad storytelling to bad editing. Well, Finn Jones is sticking by the Netflix show and defending it. In a recent interview with Radio Times, the actor even blamed U.S. President Donald Trump:
“I think the world has changed a lot since we were filming that television show. 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. Danny is a fish out of water, and you don’t really understand where he’s coming from. But I think there’s also a level of intrigue. People need to see the full series–’Iron Fist’ doesn’t end until the last episode of ‘Defenders.’ He really goes on a journey of self-discovery, and grows into the role. It’s paced out; it’s a long journey.”
Of course, this isn’t the first time he has defended the fourth Defender show. In an interview with Metro, Jones also weighed in on critics:
“Well I think there’s multiple factors. What I will say is these shows are not made for critics, they are first and foremost made for the fans. I also think some of the reviews we saw were seeing the show through a very specific lens, and I think when the fans of the Marvel Netflix world and fans of the comic books view the show through the lens of just wanting to enjoy a superhero show, then they will really enjoy what they see. I think it’s a fantastic show which is really fun and I think it stands up there with the other Defenders’ shows without a doubt.”