One of the main things that Danny Rand (Finn Jones) is looking for in his solo series and The Defenders is a family. He’s found part of one with Colleen but he’s also the youngest of the group who is a bit emotionally stunted. Jones recently spoke to Inverse about the different dynamics Danny has with the various characters.
So, one of the first conversations I had with Marco [Ramirez, *The Defenders* showrunner,] was about when Danny meets these other three individuals, what does he learn from them, and what do they learn from him? That was the most important thing to me about The Defenders, and we got that across. They really helped him understand himself so much better and really give him more perspective on who he is in the world.
One of Danny’s most important relationships in the comics canon is with Luke Cage (Mike Colter). We see the beginnings of that legendary friendship in The Defenders.
I guess Luke is almost like Danny’s coach. He’s like his counselor, kind of helps wind him down in times when he’s just being a little bit out of control and pretty understanding in situations from a different perspective.
Danny hasn’t ever had someone to really look up to when he was a kid so it’s not surprising that he looks at someone like Daredevil aka Matt Murdock (Charlie Cox) as someone to admire.
Daredevil is like Danny’s older brother. He’s someone that Danny looks up to. He starts to take a great deal of inspiration from him. I think he admires Daredevil. He admires — even though he’s seen adversity in his life, as Danny has — that he’s not letting that overwhelm him and he’s not letting that get him down, and he’s actually using his abilities for good and doing it in a responsible way. He really takes a lot of inspiration from that.
Jessica Jones (Krysten Ritter has a hard time connecting to any but she’s an incredible badass which Danny realizes about two seconds after meeting her. He also realizes she is utterly impressed with everything about him which brings his ego down several levels.
Jessica is like the cooler, annoying older sister who is always picking on her little brother. Even though she’s always picking on him, she does it out of kindness because, essentially, Danny is the eternal optimistic while Jessica is the down-and-out pessimist. I think it’s really wonderful that Danny meets Jessica, because she kind of brings it down a notch. Jessica is able to take the kids out there and try Danny and make him realize that maybe he shouldn’t take himself so seriously.
One of the underlying themes of The Defenders is a sense of identity and Danny Rand uses his new found relationships with other members of the Defenders to help define the person he’s going to be. His entire life has been defeating the Hand who is he going to be after that?
The Defenders Summary: Daredevil, Jessica Jones, Luke Cage, and Iron Fist team up to fight crime in New York City.
Marvel’s The Defenders, created by Douglas Petrie and Marco Ramirez, stars Charlie Cox, Krysten Ritter, Mike Colter, Finn Jones, and Sigourney Weaver. It’s streaming on Netflix now.