Iron Fist has met with its fair share of controversy before and after release. Whether it was the casting of #FinnJones for the role of Danny Rand over an Asian actor, to the much-criticized fight scenes, it's safe to say the series has not managed to resonate with audiences as well as its predecessors did.
Perhaps one of the biggest controversies was the extremely brief use of #LewisTan in only one episode as a drunken adversary known in the comics as Zhou Cheng. Whether it was him playing a character like Shang-Chi or Danny Rand himself, fans were eager to see more of him in the MCU's newest show, especially as his involvement had been hyped up by both Netflix and Marvel prior to release.
Recently, during an interview with Vulture, the actor revealed that he was originally going to play the titular character, Iron Fist:
"I knew that the character is white in the comic book, so I was concerned. But I thought at least I had a shot — I’m half white and I do martial arts and I could easily play that role. So I was excited. And then I read for Danny and they liked me a lot [...] And then they went with Finn and they had me read for a villain part maybe two weeks later [...] Obviously I can do my own fight sequences, so those would be more dynamic. I think it would be really interesting to have that feeling of an outsider. There’s no more of an outsider than an Asian-American [...] That’s what I’ve been dealing with my whole life. So I understand those frustrations of being an outsider, like Danny’s character."
And earlier today, he posted on his Instagram this section of a review of the show, which included a jab at Finn Jones' portrayal of Danny Rand:
As you can imagine, Tan's revelation and subsequent posts caused quite a stir around the Internet. Whether positive or not, a lot of people had something to say about him not getting cast in the title role. Take a look:
This Twitter user argued that the show would have been much better had Tan been its protagonist:
These two fans even suggested a reboot of the show with Lewis Tan in the lead:
However, despite all of this criticism from one end of the argument, as it happens on the internet...
Not Everyone Shared The Same Opinion
While considerably fewer, there were people who were very vocal about their dislike of Lewis Tan having a bigger role in the show:
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Naturally, there were also others who took the opportunity to touch once again on the overall controversy of Danny Rand being cast as a white man:
Fans are quite outspoken, aren't they?
Even though he missed out on the Iron Fist role, hopefully Tan finds the right part for him in the #superhero industry in the near future. I don't know about you, but it would be amazing to see him as Shang-Chi. As we've seen in the past, Marvel doesn't have a problem with using the same actors for different roles in the MCU.
As for the controversy around Iron Fist's casting, surprisingly, it feels like every day it gets stronger. Ultimately, this is all very unfortunate for Finn Jones, who's been on the receiving end of most of the criticism, warranted and not. Hopefully, fans will keep an open mind for him once he returns to our screens in this year's #TheDefenders.
What did you think about what the Internet had to say about Lewis Tan and Iron Fist? Who would you like to see him portray in the future? Let me know in the comments!