Finn Jones Central

DEN OF GEEK – Iron Fist was the last of Marvel’s four solo superhero shows on Netflix to go into production. So you might think that means its star Finn Jones knew how his character would fit in The Defenders as the latter got underway. That was not the case.

“They didn’t tell me anything past the first two episodes of Iron Fist,” Jones says with a laugh. “That’s what Marvel is like. They’re very secretive. I just took it on good faith that the showrunners at Marvel were going to do me right.”

Critics of Iron Fist noted how Danny Rand’s arc felt incomplete. As it turns out, this may be by design, and Danny could be the hero who learns the most from his time with The Defenders.

“At the end of Iron Fist, [Danny] doesn’t even know what a superhero is,” Jones says. “So then to suddenly be interacting with these three… [They] really make him kind of wise up and come to terms with his responsibilities a lot more. From the beginning where we see Danny in Iron Fist to where he ends up in The Defenders, he has made that complete origin arc. He has shed his immature self. The idea is, in The Defenders, he has in a sense become the Iron Fist.”

The only thing missing is the costume. But then again, with this particular group of characters, a costume could feel out of place. Even Daredevil, the one member of the team with traditional superhero gear, doesn’t suit up in the early episodes of The Defenders. Jones, who admits he would “love” to see Danny Rand wear the “classic yellow mask,” is coy about whether that will happen before The Defenders wraps up.

“The thing with all of these shows is not that we’re shy to bring the costumes,” Jones says. “It’s that we want them to feel authentic when it does happen. Danny’s on this journey to understanding what his responsibility is. And throughout all of [Iron Fist] season 1, he was in no state of mind to put a suit on. That would’ve been ridiculous because he was not fully accomplished as the Iron Fist yet and he certainly didn’t have the right or the responsibility to be putting on a superhero costume. He needs to work his shit out. And certainly by the end of The Defenders, it will feel right.”

PLAYBOY – A blind lawyer-turned-vigilante questioning his purpose. An alcoholic private investigator trying shake off her hero status. A bulletproof convict atoning for his past. A warrior monk struggling with his return to the world into which he was born. Bringing these four troubled superheroes together for a shared meal seems difficult, let alone getting them to fight side-by-side.

But in the new eight-episode Netflix series, The Defenders, New York is in enough trouble to make them do just that, that Daredevil (Charlie Cox), Jessica Jones (Krysten Ritter), Luke Cage (Mike Colter) and Iron Fist (Finn Jones) have no choice but to team up.

“Each of these shows has hinted that something bigger is coming,” says showrunner Marco Ramirez, who also headed up Daredevil in its second season. “The answer is, something wicked this way comes, and it’s Sigourney Weaver.”

The action franchise queen joins the Marvel Universe as Alexandra, the shadowy figure whose nefarious plans reveal themselves slowly. All we know is that she is working with the ancient criminal organization The Hand. That never bodes well.

At the beginning of The Defenders, we find that Matt Murdoch has decided to reject his secret identity after the death of Elektra (Elodie Yung). Jessica Jones is doing everything in her power to avoid discussions about destroying Kilgrave (David Tennant) and saving the city. Luke Cage is dealing with the emotional repercussions of his time spent in prison and Danny Rand is plagued with the guilt of not being there for the monks who helped him realize his destiny as the Iron Fist.

Finn Jones tells us the Iron Fist has a personal motivation for fighting the hand.

“Danny is responsible for the loss of a whole city,” Jones says. “He’s majorly fucked up. The guilt that is heavy on his heart is really making him spearhead forward with this mission to take down The Hand.”

Shared identity crises aside, there is nothing yet connecting the four, which meant the writers had to bring them together in a way that made sense to viewers who know them well.

“I don’t necessarily think that three minutes in, they’re all going to be in a room together and there’s going to be a mission statement on the wall. It needs to be organic,” says Ramirez. “It just really felt like in order to honor the individual character arcs of each of the shows, we needed them to realize this was the next big chapter of their lives, individually.”

The first two worlds to collide are those of Iron Fist and Luke Cage in an encounter that is hardly cordial.

“Danny’s very reckless in his behavior,” says Jones. “He’s just punching things, throwing his cash around. He comes into someone like Luke Cage, who is the complete opposite, and Luke’s just like, ‘Whoa, kid. If we’re going to work together, you need to really realize a few things.’”

While Danny is open – even eager – to learn from Cage, Cage is far less interested in engaging in male bonding. He’s dealing with emotional turmoil stemming from his prison stint.

“The first four episodes serve to get him out of that world, and out of the mentality of looking over your shoulder, and worrying about your past,” says Colter. “I think we will see a new Luke because of it.”

Daredevil and Jessica Jones also come into contact under less than ideal circumstances.

“They don’t like each other,” says Cox. “They’re too similar. They’re too stubborn. They’re too opinionated. They don’t have time for each other.” But as a common goal starts to form, so do relationships – however reluctantly. “The stuff that I liked filming the most were those scenes where they start to, against their will, like each other,” says Cox. “They kind of respect each other. They would never tell the other person that. That was really fun to play with.”

As the only superhero with a hidden identity and a costume, Matt initially finds it difficult to trust these strangers that appear in his life. It’s in the conversations that bring them together that the show’s tone also coalesces. “That’s one of the things I really enjoyed about it,” says Cox. “All of our shows had been quite serious, they’re tonally quite dark. But you can’t put someone like Matt Murdock, who wears a super hero costume in a room with Jessica Jones and not make jokes. You can’t.”

Creating a show that honored the characters’ differences – and the show’s differing visual styles – and established something new was a challenge for the series creators. “It was a tricky tightrope to walk because we had to do the math for somebody who’s never seen any of the shows,” he says. “On the other hand, we had to make a show that didn’t necessarily do too much filling in, so that the super fans aren’t like, ‘Yeah, yeah, I know. You don’t need to tell me Matt Murdock is blind. I’ve known this for 30 years.’”

The showrunner compares the writers’ room to a scene ripped straight out of Homeland.

“There were charts,” says Ramirez. “I mean, I was just popping pills, Claire Danes style, looking at the walls, going, ‘This doesn’t make sense!’ It was seriously color coded like, ‘This is where Luke ended. This is where Claire was.’ It was crazy town. I think ultimately, the goal is that in many years, if you ever want to sit down and watch the whole thing, chronologically, you can.”

While the Defenders will likely succeed on their mission, the repercussions of this series will be felt long after the foursome go their separate ways. “None of us wanted to do the procedural version where they’ll go back into their own shows completely unchanged,” says Ramirez. “The events of Defenders will affect each of them.” As they say, it’s all connected.

NEW YORK TIMES This is the story of two piles of rubble.

One, constructed on a soundstage in Bethpage, N.Y., was the setting for a giant pit, home to an ancient, evil force that will eventually unite the Marvel heroes of “The Defenders,” in a new Netflix series being released on Friday, Aug. 18.

The other, built on the streets of Brooklyn near McCarren Park, was a scene of destruction resulting from a climactic confrontation between a nefarious villain and the costumed champions of “The Tick,” an Amazon series making its debut on Aug. 25.

Both of these shows, adapted from comic books, represent the fruition of yearslong efforts to bring them to the screen, and are the beneficiaries of a seemingly insatiable appetite for superhero stories — in movies, on network and cable television and on streaming services.

But beneath the similarities, the two shows possess very different ambitions. “The Defenders,” which brings together the main characters of four previous Netflix series in a single super team, is trying to inject some levity into a Marvel formula that has become increasingly serious and overly familiar.

“This show is a bit more lighthearted,” said Charlie Cox, the star of “Daredevil.” “When these guys come together, there is obviously a lot of fun. But at the same time, we want to maintain high stakes that are necessary to keep driving the story.”

Meanwhile, “The Tick” is fundamentally a satire, one that pokes fun at the conventions of comic-book narratives and the many media spinoffs they’ve spawned.

But in its latest incarnation, “The Tick” — which is coming to TV for the third time — is also trying to see how much of the gravity in modern comic-book adaptations it can incorporate without losing its sense of humor.

“To do a superhero comedy now and make it worth its salt, it had to matter to itself,” said Ben Edlund, the creator of “The Tick.”

“That’s what we’re doing,” he added. “We’re aggressively mattering to ourselves, and I recommend it.”

Mirroring the strategy that Marvel used for its “Avengers” movie franchise, “The Defenders” draws from the previous Netflix shows “Daredevil” (starring Mr. Cox), “Jessica Jones” (starring Krysten Ritter), “Luke Cage” (starring Mike Colter) and “Iron Fist” (starring Finn Jones).

All set in a version of New York where its characters cross paths, do battle and (occasionally) have sex with each other, these shows have been rolled out at a breakneck pace since Marvel and Netflix announced them in 2013.

Each has its own creative team and varying narrative tones: For example, “Daredevil,” now approaching its third season, is a neo-noir about a blind lawyer turned costumed vigilante; while “Jessica Jones,” heading into its second season, has offered a rugged redemption story about a private investigator haunted by past trauma.

“Bringing these characters together into one world is going to require a dramatic shift from all of their individual shows,” Mr. Cox said. “That has made this show feel very different.”

Around the no-frills set of “The Defenders” in early March, its actors teased and toyed with one another; like their characters, they have bonded from their past encounters and the ad hoc circumstances of this reunion.

Crammed together in a small production office adjoining their set, Ms. Ritter and Mr. Colter spent a shooting break bantering about each other’s dietary habits.

“Mike always has some commentary on whatever we’re eating,” Ms. Ritter said. “‘Oh, you’re going to eat a banana? That’s how you get belly fat.’”

Right on cue, Mr. Colter replied, “Split one with a pal if you’re going to have one.”

That good-natured mockery is a welcome respite from a relentless work schedule. Mr. Jones, still damp with sweat from a fight scene he’d just shot, described how in 2016 he finished shooting “Iron Fist” and, within hours, was onstage at New York Comic Con to introduce “The Defenders.”

“We started filming at 5 p.m. and didn’t finish until 10 a.m. the next day,” he said. “On two hours’ sleep, I’m watching myself on a stage, trying to process what this last six months has all been about.”

Mr. Jones added: “We’re trying to do movie-quality storytelling on a television time-frame and budget. Everyone’s slammed around the clock, all the time.”

That back-to-back scheduling of its shows seems to have caught up with Marvel: A few days after this set visit, “Iron Fist” was released, and it was widely criticized for a first season that felt aimless and a story that inserted a Caucasian hero into an Asian martial-arts milieu. (For Season 2 of “Iron Fist,” Marvel has replaced the original showrunner, Scott Buck, with Raven Metzner, citing a scheduling conflict.)

A world in which audiences are constantly re-evaluating comic-book narratives would seem to play to the strengths of “The Tick.” Its tongue-in-cheek story about an invulnerable and lovably dense adventurer in a giant insect costume was first told in a series of comicsfrom the late 1980s, when Batman and a host of caped crusaders were turning gravely serious.

Fox ran an animated “Tick” series on Saturday mornings from 1994 to 1996, but a live-action prime time comedy, starring Patrick Warburton (“Seinfeld”) ran just nine episodes on the network in 2001.

In the years since, Mr. Edlund has continued to work as a writer, producer and director on fantasy and genre shows like “Firefly,” “Angel,” “Supernatural” and “Gotham.” He has watched as interconnected superhero franchises — the Marvel and DC movies, TV shows on CW and Netflix — have overrun the pop-cultural landscape. (On Monday, Netflix said it was acquiring Millarworld, the comic-book publisher behind the “Kingsman” and “Kick-Ass” franchises, for new projects.)

Through it all, Mr. Edlund wondered if the time was right to bring back “The Tick.”

“People can’t turn around anywhere without seeing 12 superhero dramas,” said Mr. Edlund, a slender, longhaired man who described himself as possessing “the proportions of a bike.”

The enduring obsession with comic-book characters, he said, “is a perfect prey for our comedy.”

He added, “You want to be able to laugh at what is, essentially, a sky made gray with a surplus of capes and boots.”

Even so, Mr. Edlund said this version of “The Tick” actually takes the underlying mythologies of other superhero shows quite seriously. It’s a reflection of the stark seriousness he sees in other narratives, and an element that distinguishes the Amazon series from earlier incarnations of “The Tick.”

“We’re utterly hypocritical, putting forward our own very earnest hero myth, as if we’re completely oblivious idiots,” he said. “I like the meta-level of nonsense that we can be accused of.”

The new live-action series is as much about its title character (played by Peter Serafinowicz) as it is about his sidekick, Arthur, who was essentially comic relief in the earlier shows.

Arthur (Griffin Newman) is now a young man who, as a child, saw his favorite superhero team and his father killed in a sinister scheme hatched by a criminal called the Terror (Jackie Earle Haley).

Years later, Arthur is still disturbed by these events and preoccupied by a paranoid certainty that the Terror remains at large. Then the Tick comes into his life, urging him to accept his destiny as a righted of wrongs, which makes Arthur even more skeptical of his own sanity.

Mr. Serafinowicz, a British comic actor (“Spy,” “Shaun of the Dead”), said that the show operates in a space “where superheroes and supervillains exist, and everyone plays it for real.”

Speaking from his trailer, where his Tick costume hung nearby like a peeled-off layer of skin, Mr. Serafinowicz described his characters as “this big, blue lunatic.”

“When he appears,” he said, “even the superheroes in this real world are looking at him like, who the hell is this?”

If “The Tick” can get away with this blend of solemnity inherent in Arthur’s story and silliness provided by its title character, it will be, in part, because the comic-book tropes it plays on are now ubiquitous.

Growing up a lonely comic-book fan, Mr. Newman said, “If someone else said they liked Spider-Man, that was a beacon — ‘We have to talk about this.’”

The precise details of superhero origin stories, he said, “used to be things that a random person stopped on the street wouldn’t understand.” Now, Mr. Newman said, “Everybody knows Batman’s parents get killed. Whatever.”

For the stars of “The Defenders,” a sense of duty comes with their roles — to portray their characters in ways consistent with decades of comic-book continuity and multiple seasons of their own shows.

Mr. Cox recalled an early draft of a “Defenders” script where his character, Matt Murdock, was supposed to say that a day didn’t go by where he didn’t wish for his sight to return. But after remembering a scene in a Daredevil comic where the hero says he has no regrets about his blindness, Mr. Cox asked for the line to be changed.

“I question myself less now when I feel strongly about something,” he said. “That’s the stuff I care about.”

On “The Tick,” Mr. Edlund said there was honor, too, in taking inspiration from the monolithic media companies responsible for the most popular superhero characters, but telling his own stories on the fringes of the mainstream.

His show, he explained, is “a totally autonomous universe that can borrow from DC or Marvel all it wants, all day, and has the right to be stupid-funny.

“It’s true that DC and Marvel are the McDonald’s and Burger King in our world. But there’s also room for Jack in the Box.”

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PHOTO SESSIONS > 2017 > SESSION 13: NEW YORK TIMES

Our gallery was updated with pictures from the Marvel’s ‘The Defenders’ Press Conference that happened August 07 in Tokyo. Be sure to check them out and enjoy!

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PUBLIC APPEARANCES > 2017 > AUGUST 07: MARVEL’S ‘THE DEFENNDERS’ PRESS CONFERENCE IN TOKYO

The first official Leatherface stills featuring Finn were released and you can check them out in high quality in our photo gallery now.

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FILM PRODUCTIONS > LEATHERFACE (2017) > MOVIE STILLS

Finn attended the Defenders premiere in Mexico on August 01, and on August 02nd Netflix held an event called Viva Netflix with Finn and Charlie, as well as casts from other Netflix shows. You can check out pictures of him at the red carpet of the Viva Netflix event in our photo gallery now:

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PUBLIC APPEARANCES > 2017 > AUGUST 02: VIVA NETFLIX EVENT IN MEXICO

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PUBLIC APPEARANCES > 2017 > AUGUST 01: NETFLIX TALENT WELCOME DINNER IN MEXICO

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PUBLIC APPEARANCES > 2017 > AUGUST 01: ‘THE DEFENDERS’ SPECIAL SCREENING

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PUBLIC APPEARANCES > 2017 > AUGUST 02: VIVA NETFLIX EVENT IN MEXICO – PRESS CONFERENCE

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PHOTO SESSIONS > 2017 > SESSION 12: NETFLIX CELEBRATION

Finn attended last night the premiere of Marvel’s ‘The Defenders‘ in New York City alongside his show co-stars. He was wearing an elegant suit designed by Ashley and Michael Andrews. Check out high quality pictures from the red carpet and the after party in our photo gallery:

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PUBLIC APPEARANCES > 2017 > JULY 31: MARVEL’S ‘THE DEFENDERS’ NEW YORK PREMIERE

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PUBLIC APPEARANCES > 2017 > JULY 31: MARVEL’S ‘THE DEFENDERS’ NEW YORK PREMIERE – AFTER PARTY

Total Film September Scans

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The september issue of Total Film includes a new interview, article and pictures of Marvel’s ‘The Defenders’. I’ve added high quality scans to our photo gallery, be sure to check it out!

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MAGAZINE SCANS & CLIPPINGS > SEPTEMBER 2017: TOTAL FILM

It was confirmed earlier this month at San Diego Comic Con that Marvel’s Iron Fist would be getting a second season and Screen Geek confirmed that it begins filming in December. Check it out:

At London’s Film and Comic Con, we had the pleasure of sitting down one on one with actor Sacha Dhawan, who played Davos on the first season.

We asked about the actor about Season Two and here’s what he said:

“It’s definitely not been confirmed whether or not I’ll be in it, but they’re hopefully starting in December. You know with things always changing, Marvel are pretty good adapting to any kind of situation.”

We asked the actor if he wanted to see the show take the more ‘mystical’ route:

“I hope. That’s the most intriguing part with my character and for me – is the world of K’un Lun. I would love to see more of Danny and Davos’ training in K’un Lun. You know with Lei-Kung, The Thunderer. [Hopefully] Gonna’ see all of that, and see a lot more of him hopefully. I think there is an interesting dynamic. There’s a bit of a story to be told.”

We also asked him if there was any chance we could see him on The Defenders:

“Actually, I can say, I won’t be. I think they were keen to develop that storyline a little bit. Not reveal it too early.”

It’s interesting to note that showrunner Scott Buck just stepped down as showrunner, per EW:

EW has learned the Marvel superhero drama will change showrunners for its next round. Scott Buck (Dexter) is stepping down from the top writing gig on the show (though will continue showrunning Marvel’s upcoming The Inhumans). Raven Metzner (Sleepy HollowFalling Skies) has been hired to fill the Iron Fist top slot.

Fans were quick to say it was because of the show being perceived as the ‘weakest link’ of the current Marvel Netflix shows.

Jeph Loeb, Head of Marvel TV, quickly debunked this, however:

“What happened, really very simply, was [Season 1 showrunner] Scott Buck was on [ABC Marvel series] Inhumans and we were delighted to get another order from Netflix and knew that Scott was not going to be available to us. We set out to find a new showrunner. Raven came in, told us a story and we thought, ‘that’s the next epic adventure for this character’ and got very excited about it.”

If all goes according to plan, we should have a second season of Iron Fist sometime next year.

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