‘Marvel’s Iron Fist’ is an American superhero web series that airs on Netflix. It first premiered on March 17, 2017, and brought in the genres of action, drama, and even martial arts to the show. It has been created by Scott Buck but was later taken over by Raven Metzner. The show is based on the comic book character Iron Fist, a martial arts expert. Marvel Television and ABC Studios are the companies backing the project, while Devilina Productions was involved in the initial season. Evan Perazzo is the producer of the show, while Cindy Holland, Allie Goss, Alison Engel, Kris Henigman, Alan Fine, Joe Quesada, Dan Buckley, Jim Chory, Jeph Loeb, and Raven Metzner are on board as the executive producers. Scott Buck served as an executive producer for just the initial season and John Dahl co-executive produced the pilot episode. Stan Lee was on board as an executive producer as well, until his tragic demise in 2018.
The series follows the exploits of a rich orphan Danny Rand, who returns after years, as a martial arts expert, and bestowed with the mystical power of the Iron Fist. Viewers might be interested to know that this was the last character to be introduced on Netflix by Marvel before they moved on to ‘The Defenders‘, the team that saw Daredevil, Luke Cage, Iron Fist, and Jessica Jones all team up to try and save the day. While ‘Iron Fist’ did not fail to attract viewers since it was a Marvel superhero show, many criticized it for lacking originality and having generally poor progress. The hero, however, did gain more favorable responses in the following season.
Marvel’s Iron Fist Cast: Who is in it?
The main cast of ‘Iron Fist’ includes Finn Jones in the role of Danny Rand. He is an orphaned billionaire who masters kung fu and harnesses the power of the Immortal Iron Fist. Other cast members include Jessica Henwick as Colleen Wing, whose character oscillates from Danny’s love interest to a potential femme fatale, and back again to his love interest. She is also an excellent martial artist. Tom Pelphrey plays the role of Ward Meechum, while Jessica Stroup appears as Joy Meechum. The Meechums and Danny grew up together since their fathers were business partners, and the practically consider Danny family.
Sacha Dhawan appears as Davos, who is initially Danny’s brother in arms but becomes an antagonist later. Rosario Dawson plays the role of Claire Temple and connects Iron Fist to the other superheroes, namely Daredevil and Luke Cage. Simone Missick appears as Misty Knight, a detective we also see in ‘Luke Cage’. The sophomore season added Alice Eve to play the role of Typhoid Mary, who in the comics is a mutant, but is merely shown to be a very formidable woman in the series. There are supporting characters across the seasons, who help Danny in his struggle with identity, and make the show what it is.
If there is an upcoming season, then we would expect the main cast members to return and perhaps we might see some new characters as well, as Danny’s adventures progress.
Marvel’s Iron Fist Plot: What is it about?
The plot of the show revolves around follows Danny Rand or Iron Fist, “a martial arts expert with the ability to call upon the power of the Iron Fist, as he serves as the protector of Chinatown with Colleen Wing”. Danny is shown to return after 15 years to claim his stake in Rand Industries, the enormous company built by his father. However, he soon realizes that trouble is afoot, and it turns out that the Hand, a shadowy underworld ninja group, is trying to use his company for evildoings. Not just is Danny an honest man, but as the Iron Fist, he is literally the enemy of the Hand. However, he has to make a choice between being Danny Rand and protecting his company or doing his duties as the Iron Fist.
The story then progresses to Danny’s days as a hero after the fiasco of ‘The Defenders’ where Daredevil died. Trying to be the protector in the best way possible, Danny meets the biggest challenge when his old friend Davos takes away the fist from him. Without its powers, he has to train harder to take down Davos. Make no mistake, Davos is not a villain outright. He merely descends into tyranny trying to wipe out all crime, ruling with an iron fist, all puns intended.
What stands out in the show is the struggle for identity that Danny has to go through. First, we see him struggle between the life of a Buddhist monk and that of a billionaire. Later on, the same struggle repeats itself, as he has to understand his identity as just Danny and the Iron Fist. Needless to say, our hero makes some errors along the way. However, he is tempered by the good advice and technical help from Colleen. Together they take down the Hand and Davos. In the process, Colleen becomes the new Iron Fist, and Danny seems to gain more powers too, as he shoots Iron Fist like bullets. That is where the show leaves us, on a note of a clear cliffhanger, wherein Danny realizes how important it is to understand one’s roots, and sets out to do just that.
The series does a good job of contrasting the east and the west, without too much unnecessary misappropriation. The fight scenes are excellently executed, which is something to be expected of a martial arts expert. While it initially struggled with the pacing, under the new showrunner, things turned around, and it earned its spot of respect among the other Marvel shows on Netflix.
While there is no guarantee if there will be an upcoming season, if it does take place, hopefully, it will continue the story of Colleen and Danny’s new powers, and how it changes the dynamic between them. It has already touched upon some important things, like the strength of family, and how important it is to feel a sense of belonging. It has also shown how power can corrupt even those who start off with the best intentions. With so many themes already in play, one only hopes the show gets the opportunity to finish telling the story that it began.
Marvel’s Iron Fist Season 3 Release: When will it premiere?
‘Iron Fist’ Season 2 released on Sept. 7, 2018, on Netflix. Season 2 generated a lot of buzz amongst the audience who were anticipating positive news on season 3, but they were left disappointed. Just over a month after its premiere, the streaming service decided to cancel the show. “Marvel’s Iron Fist will not return for a third season on Netflix,” said the Disney-owned comic giant and the streamer in a joint statement to Deadline. “Everyone at Marvel Television and Netflix is proud of the series and grateful for all of the hard work from our incredible cast, crew, and showrunners,” Marvel and Netflix added. “We’re thankful to the fans who have watched these two seasons, and for the partnership, we’ve shared on this series. While the series on Netflix has ended, the Immortal Iron Fist will live on.”
These words just might be true, considering the fact that Disney is launching its own streaming service, Dinsey+, later this year. Part of their grand scheme has been to bring all Marvel content under their umbrella so they have complete control over spinning the stories from that universe. Thus we might get to see ‘Iron Fist’ again, but it will be on Disney Plus. We will update this section as soon as we any hear news on ‘Iron Fist’ Season 3.
Marvel’s Iron Fist Trailer:
While we wait for an update on ‘Iron Fist’ Season 3, check out the season 2 trailer to refresh your memories. If you haven’t seen the show yet head over to Netflix to catch all the episodes of the previous seasons.
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