Warning: This article contains light spoilers from the Netflix show Luke Cage. Read with caution.
Iron Fist fans who’ve been waiting for a glimpse at Marvel’s next Netflix series and the sort of combat the show would be embracing have finally been given a taste. The digital streaming service alongside Marvel debuted a new trailer (and, honestly, the first actual trailer as the teaser previously released revealed almost nothing) for Iron Fist at the New York Comic-Con, according to SlashFilm. While the trailer is brief, it does a lot to raise questions in the uninitiated and invite detailed analysis in the more comic-literate viewer.
The Iron Fist trailer, much like the comic, focuses on Danny Rand (played by Finn Jones, who’s perhaps best known as Ser Loras Tyrell in HBO’s critically acclaimed Game of Thrones) a young man who attains the power of the Iron Fist through the heart of a dragon and eventually becomes a superhero. The trailer showcases this power well, showcasing Rand as someone on equal footing with even Luke Cage, at least when it comes to strength. A full synopsis for the show is available below.
“Fifteen years after being presumed dead in a plane crash, Danny Rand (Finn Jones) mysteriously returns to New York City determined to reclaim his birthright and family company. However, when a long-destined enemy rises in New York, this living weapon is forced to choose between his family’s legacy and his duties as the Iron Fist.”
Starring alongside Jones is David Wenham as Harold Meachum, who in the comics was Rand’s father’s former business partner who was somewhat responsible for his death. Jessica Stroup and Tom Pelphrey will play Meachum’s children, Joy and Ward, who are apparently childhood friends of Rand. There’s also two familiar faces reprising their roles from other Marvel Netflix shows in the form of Rosario Dawson’s Claire Temple (the only actress to appear in every Marvel Netflix property) and Carrie-Anne Moss’s Jeri Hogarth.
Noticeably absent from the Iron Fist trailer is Simone Missick’s Misty Knight, who first appeared in Luke Cage. Though she is an essential part of the latter, the comics also frequently portray her as Iron Fist’s love interest. It wouldn’t exactly be surprising if Missick doesn’t show up, however, as the writers might be saving their meeting for The Defenders in 2017. Ideally, this would also plant the seeds for an eventual Luke Cage/Iron Fist/Misty Knight team up a la Heroes for Hire. This story saw the trio teaming up to fight crime under the Heroes for Hire moniker that was run not unlike a private investigation firm.
Iron Fist is set to be the final stop on the road before the big superhero team-up in The Defenders (which has recently cast Sigourney Weaver as the villain, according to our own reports here at the Inquisitr), a Netflix ensemble of their superheroes and the small screen equivalent to the Avengers. The series begins with Jones’ Rand returning to New York City after a 15-year absence, apparently related to a plane crash. Rand must juggle reclaiming his parent’s legacy and his duty as the Iron Fist.
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Somehow Dawson’s character will make her way into Rand’s life on Iron Fist, raising the question as to whether or not she’s the catalyst that incites the team-up in The Defenders. How exactly will she pull such a feat off? There’re numerous ways Marvel could pull it off at this point, and it seems likely that events that happen in Iron Fist will directly correlate to what transpires on The Defenders. Time will tell.
Netflix will release Iron Fist on March 17, 2017. You can check out the latest Iron Fist trailer below.
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