A few weeks back, Bleeding Cool reported that the series was potentially getting noted to death by Marvel Studios. We also heard rumblings of problems here at Latino-Review, though what we heard had more to do with difficulties involving the source material’s sorcery and mysticism, as it could be a pricey venture for Marvel and Netflix.
If the rumor from Peel the Orange is any indication, then the murmurs we heard were true. The outlet had the following to say about the “Iron Fist” project from Netflix, based on a source within Marvel’s creative team that refused to be named.
“Marvel will be turning Iron Fist into a Netflix exclusive feature film. This will give Marvel extra time and a larger budget for this project. The Punisher will replace Iron Fist as one of the four Defenders.”
The idea of a Netflix original film isn’t anything new. Apart from canceling the project, turning it into a movie seemed like a natural solution to the problem—as well as a natural progression in the increase in scope of Marvel television. However, there are a couple big questions the report raises.
The first revolves around the idea of the Punisher replacing Iron Fist as one of the Defenders. Considering Iron Fist will still air on Netflix, doesn’t it seem a bit strange that he’d be ruled out as a Defender? With Marvel connecting their universes, it’s odd they’d rule out connecting Iron Fist simply because of his not having a series. Sure, ultimately, it’s a different kind of medium, but as it’s being consumed in the same way as the other Defender series. Why not have the “Iron Fist” movie tie into the “Defenders” series? It’s not any less accessible than the 13-episode series.
The bigger question, of course, has to do with the legality of the whole thing. While we don’t know the exact details of the agreement between Marvel and Netflix, when we first heard the deal back in 2013, we heard they were committed to at least four series and a miniseries (the “Defenders” culmination). If they’re taking “Iron Fist” off the table, does this mean that the Punisher will get his own series, or are they still only using him as support in all the other series (not unlike how Black Widow and Hawkeye are used in the theatrical MCU)? If the former is the case, then that’s some pretty cool news, but if the latter is the case, will Marvel have to re-negotiate the contracts to make sure everything’s hunky dory? It’s not like contracts never change in Hollywood, but it is an annoying little detail that can cause some problems if not addressed.
Of course, all of this is only an issue if we assume the anonymous tip Peel the Orange heard from is reliable. Like any rumor, we have to take it with a grain of salt, but it doesn’t sound completely outrageous.
What do you think? Do you buy this rumor, and if so, do you think Netflix will make Marvel jump through hoops to stick with the whole “four series” part of the contract? Let us know your thoughts below!
SOURCE: Peel the Orange