This is a gift for the ever so lovely @dreamcatchersdaughter! I know they like space, mermaids, and Winteriron so I came up with a Winteriron Treasure Planet Space Mermaid AU. In my defense, it was four in the morning.
And yes, I deviated from the common gold and red colour scheme for Tony because when I think of Tony
— without the Iron Man suit
— I think of arc reactor blue, black, and grey. Also, this way I could make him SUPER SPARKLY AND SHINY. Just look at him. He’s so beautiful.
If I was directing The Defenders, I would have a sequence where they get split up and have to fight their way back to each other. Then we’d have Daredevil do the 6 minute long, brutal, one take fight scene that Daredevil does and he finally gets back to the others…
And Jessica and Luke have been there for like, 5 minutes waiting for him and look completely bored.
He’s been criticized for this ever since Iron Fist dropped and I am so sick of it. In this post I am going to defend that Danny does not have privilege.
So he was born to wealthy white parents. From what we’ve seen and heard, they were good people. His life must’ve been great, and it was. Except for Ward, who basically tormented Danny. In IF 1x01, Danny says to Ward, “You were a dick as a kid, and you’re still a dick now. You used to lock me in the freezer at the Rand cafeteria. At one of the company picnics you put a dead frog in my sandwich. You would kick me in the balls every chance you had.” Two of those are physical abuse, and Ward is five years older than Danny and at some point knew that behavior was wrong. Yet clearly no one knew, as it went on and Danny’s parents would have stopped it.
Next, the plane crash at ten. He watches his mother die and finds his father’s corpse, he is the only survivor. That’s awful enough on its own. Of course he’s taken in by monks of K'un-Lun, who aren’t the great people Danny sometimes says they are. In 1x03, he says to Joy (apologizes in advance for the mispelled Chinese words, I did it phonetically)
Danny:“Everyone there, and I mean everyone, said there was no way a shaoguilou like me could do it.”
Danny: “Yeah, it sort of means like an ‘outsider’. It’s what they called me.”
Joy:“Sounds kind of mean.”
Danny:“Sort of cool too. Besides, it just made me want the job more.”
Joy:“Yeah, sure, I get that.”
Danny: “So problem was, I never thought through why I wanted this job. I mistook my stubborn will for a sense of destiny or something. I never really counted the cost of what it might mean for my life.”
Joy: “You got the job?”
Danny: “Yeah. I fought the whole way for it. I earned it.”
He was called an outsider by the people who saved his life, and basically decided to become the Iron Fist to prove himself. These were the only people he was around. Sure, Davos seemed nice enough and he had fond memories, but that doesn’t change how harsh that was to a traumatized kid. He thought the only way to get them to really care for and accept him was to become the Iron Fist and serve them for all his life guarding a cold pass. Let that sink in.He continues to describe his daily routine to Joy as “First off, my room was nothing like this. Six by six. A dirty mat on the floor. I had a blanket, you know. A literal pot to piss in. Every morning I’d walk a mile uphill with jugs the size of my abdomen just to get me and my surfu’s daily ration of water. That was the easy part. Then it was training, all day every day. When we weren’t training it was fighting, sparring. Every moment was a struggle. Failure led to a beating. Victory led to the next fighting style, the next lesson.”
Joy:“Sounds like abuse.”
Danny:“Well, it made me what I am today.”
“Failure resulted in a beating” “Every moment was a struggle”. That’s not a healthy life at all, especially for a traumatized child to grow up in. Oh, about that trauma, they basically taught him to repress it and never actually confront and heal from it, as a drug-induced vision of his mentor tells him “Grief is weakness”. Joy rightfully calls it abuse, and he looks uncomfortable and avoids it. He says “It made me what I am today”. Not who, what. He has been told he is an outsider, trained to serve and fight the Hand for them, culminating in him becoming the Iron Fist, the ultimate weapon and slave. No wonder his name means so much to him, they basically objectified him. Yet he remains loyal to them, and that actually makes sense too. They saved his life and he probably feels immense gratitude and debt towards them.
Danny Rand did not have a perfect, privileged life. The first ten years were much easier than the later years, yes, but he still suffered. So don’t throw that “he’s an entitled white boy” crap at me.
Oh yeah, and what Luke tells him about beating up that kid? Danny didn’t know he was just a Harlem kid, Danny just knew he worked for the Hand. And we know how deceptive the Hand can be, Danny more so. He probably thought the “I don’t know” were lies.
So take your Danny Rand hate elsewhere, he is a hero who deserves to be loved and protected.