I’ll be honest, I watched about five minutes of Iron Fist before turning it off when Danny Rand began stiffly chopping around in (presumably) a fight scene.
This isn’t to say that it was a terrible show, I’m sure it had its fans, and I only watched five minutes of it. I did watch all of The Defenders, mostly because I had seen some of the other Marvel Netflix shows. And when I mean some, I watched all of Daredevil, Jessica Jones, Luke Cage, and even (sigh) The Punisher.
I didn’t give Iron Fist the benefit of a doubt because of all the negative buzz around it, but had heard about and was pleasantly surprised by Jessica Henwick in The Defenders. She seemed to have the character depth, showcased by her few but well delivered lines, and the physical presence, demonstrated by her action scenes, to be a leading lady.
So with the cancellation of Iron Fist, what will become of Jessica Henwick?
— Jessica Henwick 🐒 (@JHenwick) October 14, 2018
To be honest, there’s no reason to worry as I’m sure many people are looking forward to seeing her in another show and/or film, but what would we (I) like to see her in? Here are a few options:
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— Jessica Henwick 🐒 (@JHenwick) August 15, 2018
With the success of Crazy Rich Asians, and pending sequels, it’s possible we could see Henwick in the Crazy Rich universe soon. If China Rich Girlfriend is adapted into the sequel, we could see Henwick playing Collette Bing, a spoiled fashion blogger.
This would be an opportunity for Henwick to showcase her acting and range outside of her martial artist/action skill set. And although it would be fun to see Henwick act as a bratty, rich character, it’s hard to argue against seeing her expand her role as Colleen Wing onto the big screen.
— Marvel Entertainment (@Marvel) February 8, 2017
Since Iron Fist and Luke Cage have both been cancelled, why not have them appear in the Marvel cinematic universe? There’s enough content/seasons of the shows for people to either be familiar with or to catch up on before seeing them on the silver screen. The biggest hurdle would be the invisible line that seems to separate TV and movie actors, but that line is being crossed now.
Many TV and film actors go back and forth, inhabiting both worlds, because of the rise of quality in TV. Marvel can be the one to blur those lines even more and create a seamless universe by having their characters inhabit whatever medium they please. It would surprise audiences by breaking these unwritten rules and keep things fresh.
More importantly, Colleen Wing isn’t the only character that’s going to be missed. Misty Knight (played by Simone Missick) was one of the key characters and a great actress to watch in Luke Cage. The more we can see both of these characters, whether on Netflix or in the theatre, the better.
— Shadow And Act (@shadowandact) October 15, 2018
However, if those lines cannot be crossed, then there’s always a chance that Henwick returns to TV sans Marvel.
— Jessica Henwick 🐒 (@JHenwick) January 10, 2017
Henwick is a woman of myriad talents, including acting, doing her own stunts, and writing. While Henwick doesn’t have a mass following like other major stars, she does have a following. In this increasingly fragmented world, where people choose what, when, and where to watch, it’s clear people want to see Henwick.
Totally agree, Jessica Henwick is fantastic so hopefully she gets either her own show or a rampued up part in the rest of the shows.
— Let's Talk (@Lets_Talk_Pods) October 13, 2018
So, what kind of show would we like to see Henwick in? Well, besides the Marvel Netflix shows, she played Nymeria Sand in Game of Thrones, so sci-fi/fantasy is a genre that many are accustomed to seeing Henwick thrive in.
The question is, can we see her in a sitcom or drama on a major network show? Is it possible that with the few roles that Henwick has had success with, she’s already been typecast similarly like Summer Glau (Firefly, Serenity)?
This is where Jessica Henwick’s next role/step matters, not just to us, but for her own path. It’s easy to settle for the sci-fi/fantasy roles that are most likely piling up at her door. And while we’re merely curious in seeing what she does next, it’s more important for Henwick to weigh her options alongside what she wants to accomplish.
Whether that’s another sci-fi/fantasy show, a comedic turn in a sitcom, a dramatic shift in a dramatic series, a jump to the big screen, or something completely different, we’ll be watching.
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Written in VA. An MFA graduate in Creative Writing at the University of British Columbia.