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‘I disagree’: Reactions as MCU fan reimagines Aaron Taylor-Johnson as next Iron Fist (photo)

After a Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) fan reimagined actor Aaron Taylor-Johnson as the next Iron Fist, people have been reacting on social media.

Artist on Instagram was inspired to create a jaw-dropping piece of fan art depicting the Avengers: Age of Ultron actor as the MCU’s new Danny Rand/Iron Fist after cosplayer and fan @bobbincolin was asked who would make a good replacement for actor Finn Jones from the Netflix series.

The cosplayer suggested Taylor-Johnson and responded by designing his likeness in a Marvel Comics-accurate costume including the Defender’s signature bandanna mask, green jumpsuit and glowing gold fists.

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Created by Roy Thomas and Gil Kane, Iron Fist made his Marvel debut in the pages of Marvel Premiere #15 (May 1974). The character, called Danny Rand, spent time as a boy in the mystical city of K’un-Lun to train in martial arts. Rather than accept immortality, Danny returns to Earth to avenge the death of his parents using the power of his chi to turn his hands into mystical weapons of iron.

Iron Fist hit the small screen on Netflix in 2017 with Game of Thrones actor Jones as Danny. Unlike the critical praise that previous Marvel Netflix shows like Daredevil and Jessica Jones had enjoyed, reception to the first season of Iron Fist was largely negative despite strong viewership. Critics and audiences panned the series’ storyline and Jones’ performance. Iron Fist Season 2 shifted gears, with Danny losing his chi abilities, which transferred over to his martial artist girlfriend Colleen Wing (Jessica Henwick). The change in the narrative and improved fight sequences were welcomed by critics, but one month after Season 2 was released, Netflix canceled Iron Fist as part of its plan to phase out all Marvel shows.

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Jones previously shared details for a potential Season 3. “I was so excited to get into that,” the actor said. “It really was gonna be about Danny finally assuming the role of the Iron Fist, fully accomplished, fully charged up, and fully in control of his shit, as well. It was gonna be this amazing story [with] Danny and Ward off in foreign lands as a buddy storyline almost. And then, you had Colleen in New York, isolated with this new power, struggling to come to terms with her identity and with this power.”

While there is no official word from Marvel Studios about Iron Fist’s MCU return, Taylor-Johnson will be switching out his Quicksilver role from Age of Ultron to Spider-Man’s game hunter nemesis in Sony’s Kraven the Hunter stand-alone movie, set for release in 2023.

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We have culled some reactions from Instagram below:

An Instagram user said ‘Idk he gives me Wolverine vibes or something lol…’

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Another Instagram user said: “I disagree, I think they should put an actor who really knows martial arts, there is no lack of good options.Christian Howard, Alain Moussi, Dean Geyer are good options”

Another user said: “For the sake of continuity I’d rather finn Jones stay in the role at least as the 616/mcu iron fist as I heard he improved his attitude and physicality drastically for season 2, I’m not a massive iron fist fan but from what I understand about the character from what I’ve seen this guy is a little too old to play an accurate iron fist, I suppose they could age him up and tell the story of an older iron fist later in his career but then you get this issue of where has he been this whole time”

More reactions from Instagram users below:

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“I would say yes if he hadn’t already played Quicksilver in the MCU” an Instagram user added

Danny Rand is Finn Jones and Quicksilver is Aaron. Marvel TV must keep canon.’ another instagram user said.

Instagram user begs “Please Finn Jones be Iron Fist even in the Main MCU Events and Storylines!”

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Aaron is perfect as quicksilver‘ another user thinks.

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