Marvel’s Iron Fist, or simply Iron Fist, is an upcoming American web television series developed for Netflix by Scott Buck, based on the Marvel Comics character of the same name. It is set in the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU), sharing continuity with the films of the franchise and is the fourth in a series of shows that will lead up to a Defenders crossover miniseries. The series is produced by Marvel Television in association with ABC Studios, with Buck serving as showrunner.
Finn Jones stars as Danny Rand / Iron Fist, a martial arts expert with the ability to call upon the power of the Iron Fist. Jessica Henwick, David Wenham, Jessica Stroup and Tom Pelphrey also star. After a film based on the character spent over a decade in development at Marvel Studios, development for the series began in late 2013 at Marvel Television, with Buck hired as the series showrunner in December 2015 and Jones cast as Rand in February 2016. Filming began in New York City in April 2016. Iron Fist is scheduled to be released on March 17, 2017.
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Cast and characters
- Finn Jones as Danny Rand / Iron Fist:
- A billionaire Buddhist monk and martial arts expert, proficient in kung-fu with the ability to call upon the power of the Iron Fist. On being cast as the character, Jones said he was drawn to the character and his background, saying, “I really enjoy how he’s a superhero with a real heart but has spiritual elements as well. I think it’s going to be an exciting character to play because there’s this contraction of on one hand he’s from a very wealthy family, he’s a billionaire, on the other hand he’s been in this world of K’un-Lun for a long time where he’s learned kung fu and buddhist philosophy. There’s a contradiction in those elements that’s going to be really fun to play.” In preparation for the role, Jones studied kung fu, wushu and tai chi, along with weight training, Buddhist philosophy and meditation.
- Jessica Henwick as Colleen Wing: An ally of Rand, who runs her own martial arts dojo in New York City.
- David Wenham as Harold Meachum: A ruthless corporate leader who was partners with Rand’s parents at the time of their deaths.
- Jessica Stroup as Joy Meachum: The daughter of Harold and childhood acquaintance of Rand’s, whose work building up Rand Enterprises with her brother Ward is threatened to be undone with Rand’s return.
- Tom Pelphrey as Ward Meachum: The son of Harold and childhood acquaintance of Rand’s, whose work building up Rand Enterprises with his sister Joy is threatened to be undone with Rand’s return.
- Carrie-Anne Moss as Jeri Hogarth: An attorney who helps Rand once he returns to New York. Moss reprises her role from previous Marvel Netflix series.
- Michael Maize
An Iron Fist film had been in development at Marvel Studios since 2000, originally to be co-financed by Artisan Entertainment. Ray Park was hired to star, and the project went through multiple directors but did not come to fruition. Development continued after Marvel Studios began to self-finance their films in the middle of the decade, with Marvel hiring a group of writers to develop some of their “lesser-known properties”, including Iron Fist. In 2010, Rich Wilkes was hired to write a new draft for the film, and by May 2013, Iron Fist was said to be one of the “projects on the horizon” for Marvel.
In October 2013, Deadline reported that Marvel Television was preparing four drama series and a miniseries, totaling 60 episodes, to present to video on demand services and cable providers, with Netflix, Amazon, and WGN America expressing interest. A few weeks later, Marvel and Disney announced that Marvel Television and ABC Studios would provide Netflix with live action series centered around Iron Fist, Daredevil, Jessica Jones, and Luke Cage, leading up to a miniseries based on the Defenders. In January 2015, the official title was revealed to be Marvel’s Iron Fist. That November, Marvel Television head and executive producer Jeph Loeb addressed unconfirmed rumors that Marvel was having a difficult time balancing Iron Fist’s mystical elements in its grounded world, and that the series could be replaced with a film or a Punisher series. He explained that Marvel and Netflix deliberately held off on Iron Fist news until Marvel’s Jessica Jones premiered so that series, revolving around a character largely unknown to the general audience, got the spotlight. Loeb promised that news on a showrunner would be coming, and Marvel announced that Scott Buck would serve in the role a month later. The series was originally intended to be the third of the announced series from Netflix, debuting after Jessica Jones, but was switched with Marvel’s Luke Cage after Luke Cage became a breakout star of Jessica Jones and Marvel wanting to “follow the momentum”.
Also in January 2015, Netflix CCO Ted Sarandos stated the series was “eligible to go into multiple seasons for sure” and Netflix would look at “how well [they] are addressing both the Marvel fanbase but also the broader fanbase” in terms of determining if additional seasons would be appropriate. In July 2015, Sarandos said some of the Defenders series would “selectively have multiple seasons as they come out of the gate.” Sarandos stated further a year later that a potential second season would not debut until 2018 at the earliest, after Marvel’s The Defenders released in 2017.
Tamara Becher serves as a writer on the series. Marvel Comics’ editor-in-chief Joe Quesada stated in July 2016 that “there’s a lot going on” in Iron Fist, with Buck and the series’ writers weaving together “some great legends from Marvel present and past” including what Quesada believed to be the most antagonists in a single season of a Marvel/Netflix series.
Casting for Iron Fist began by January 2016, with Finn Jones being cast as Danny Rand / Iron Fist in February, but not officially confirmed by Marvel until March. At the same time, Marvel was in the process of searching for actors of Asian descent to play the role of Shang-Chi. By April, Jessica Henwick, David Wenham, Jessica Stroup and Tom Pelphrey were cast as Colleen Wing, Harold Meachum, Joy Meachum and Ward Meachum, respectively, rounding out the main cast for the series. Carrie-Anne Moss reprises her role of Jeri Hogarth from Jessica Jones.
Marvel announced in February 2014 that the series would be filmed in New York City, with Quesada stating in April that the show would be filming in areas of Brooklyn and Long Island City that still look like the old Hell’s Kitchen, in addition to sound stage work. Filming began in April 2016, with the working title Kick. Manuel Billeter serves as director of photography for the series, after doing the same for Jessica Jones and Luke Cage.
Marvel Cinematic Universe tie-ins
Iron Fist is the fourth of the ordered Netflix series, after Marvel’s Daredevil, Jessica Jones and Luke Cage, before leading into the miniseries, The Defenders. In November 2013, Disney CEO Bob Iger stated that if the characters prove popular on Netflix, “It’s quite possible that they could become feature films,” which Sarandos echoed in July 2015. In August 2014, Vincent D’Onofrio, Wilson Fisk in Daredevil, stated that after the “series stuff with Netflix”, Marvel has “a bigger plan to branch out”. In March 2015, Loeb spoke on the ability for the series to crossover with the MCU films and the ABC television series, saying, “It all exists in the same universe. As it is now, in the same way that our films started out as self-contained and then by the time we got to The Avengers, it became more practical for Captain America to do a little crossover into Thor 2 and for Bruce Banner to appear at the end of Iron Man 3. We have to earn that. The audience needs to understand who all of these characters are and what the world is before you then start co-mingling in terms of where it’s going.”
Iron Fist is scheduled to be released in March 17, 2017 on the streaming service Netflix worldwide, in Ultra HD 4K. The 13 hour-long episodes will be released simultaneously, as opposed to a serialized format, to encourage binge-watching, a format which has been successful for other Netflix series.
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