Saturday, February 27, 2016

Yes! Finn Jones is "Iron Fist"

Finn Jones
After several months of speculation, fans can now heave a sigh of relief that Marvel decided to adopt the original material in casting the lead for the much-anticipated upcoming Netflix series, "Iron Fist."

Political 'incorrect' web police and bloggers lobbying for their self-serving agenda will be disappointed to know that the choice of the majority prevailed after the good-looking Finn Jones — best known for playing Westeros's Ser Loras Tyrell in Game of Thrones — has been cast as the latest protagonist in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, per Entertainment Weekly.

At first glance, the casting makes a lot of sense, given Jones's looks and experience. The tale of "Iron Fist" has historically been about Danny Rand — a blond pretty-boy who's born into massive wealth (à la Bruce Wayne) and gains magical martial-arts powers during a stay in a secret East Asian city called K'un-Lun.

According to comic canon, Rand returned to New York City and fights crime, as superheroes are wont to do. This version of the Fist will eventually cross paths with Daredevil, Jessica Jones, Luke Cage, and the other Marvel Netflix heroes for the upcoming crossover series "The Defenders."

For those who are batting for an unreasonable Asian character, the casting is a big disappointment. The pathetic online campaigning to get an Asian-American actor to play the character (check out this cri de coeur from writer Keith Chow to get a sense of the argument and the movement it created) was not worth anybody's time or effort.

Comic purists are clear on this one and it is not whitewashing. It involves ensuring that the more than 50 years of literature are not vulnerable to any changes being pushed by some minority groups just because of their misguided thinking that it will make them more relevant in society.

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