Marvel Television and Netflix are now two solid years into this experiment that began with Daredevil in 2015, and continued on with two other superheroes. The latest and final Defender to get his backstory painted for us will be none other than Iron Fist. Of all the others in these Netflix shows, Iron Fist is probably the most outlandish. While Daredevil, Jessica Jones, and Luke Cage all have pretty standard superpowers, they still manage to feel relatively grounded. Iron Fist, on the other hand, with his glowing fist, seems like something more at home with Doctor Strange? Can they make something like the Iron Fist actually work in this universe?
Based on what we’ve seen so far, it seems like a definite possibility. Yes, his ability is a bit odd, but the approach they’re taking seems awfully familiar — almost like Season 1 of Arrow, which boasted a grounded, believable arc. With Iron Fist, it almost feels like they’re taking that general approach and mixing it in with an added bit of mysticism. This could seem like a recipe for disaster, but Marvel’s Netflix shows have had a stellar track record thus far, and we have no real reason to doubt they can’t adapt this in a similar fashion.
If you wanted another extended look at what they’re dealing with here — either out of doubt or excitement — look no further than the recently-released featurette.
Regarding the plot of Iron Fist and the character of Danny Rand, actor Finn Jones — who plays him in the show — went into detail.
“Danny Rand comes back to New York after being gone for 15 years. He believes that he’ll be received with open arms. The first thing he realizes is that the world’s changed. His childhood friends, Joy and Ward, are now billionaires running his father’s corporation. They don’t believe it’s him to begin with. Danny just wants to do the right thing, but he has this fire within him.
“We find out he’s spent 15 years in a monastery training to become this warrior. This force that runs through the universe, the Fire of the Fist — Danny can ignite it.”
In regards to the villain of this piece, it’s worth noting that we see the return of Madame Gao, who was first introduced in Season 1 of Daredevil. After bailing from Kingpin's circle of villains, she continues to be one of the many dark forces that seem to permeate the city.
On the impending conflicts, Jones continued.
“Danny has been told his whole life that there’s a mythological dark force in the world, and he didn’t really believe they were real. All these people have their agendas. You don’t know who’s good and who’s bad.
Well, we’re fairly confident that Jones will come out on the side of good. However, in previous interviews regarding the upcoming Defenders series, we’ve learned that this season of Iron Fist leaves off with Jones in a very cynical and untrusting phase. Sounds to us like his best friends won’t end up on the side of good.
What do you think of this new featurette? Are you ready for Iron Fist? Let us know in the comments down below!
Iron Fist hits Netflix on March 17, 2017.
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