The Netflix branch of the Marvel Cinematic Universe has been nothing short of captivating. We’ve been treated to two seasons of Daredevil along with a full season of Jessica Jones and of Luke Cage. The build towards the superhero team-up of The Defenders has been well worth the wait and on March 17th, 2017 we’ll be introduced to the final member of that team. Iron Fist will give us a brand new look at the street level heroes.
Danny Rand’s origin story begins at age nine when his parents, Wendell and Heather Rand, travel to the Himalayas. His father was attempting to find the mystical city of K’un L’un (a city that materializes only once a decade), which he found by accident when he was a young boy. Wendell’s business partner, Harold Meachum comes along for the family vacation as well. During the mountain climbing expedition, Meachum goes full dark side and turns on Rand’s father. Wendell fell from a ledge and was hanging onto the edge, and when he called out to Meachum for help, Meachum makes sure he falls to his death thus giving himself sole control of the business. This wouldn’t be the end of this tragic family vacation. Soon after, Danny’s mother would sacrifice herself to save him from a wolf pack. Left alone on the mountain, Danny is saved by archers from K’un-L’un who take the orphaned boy to the mystical city.
After surviving the worst family vacation since the Griswold’s attempted road trip to Walley World, Rand expresses his desire for revenge on Meachum and he’s taught martial arts by Lei Kung. He conditions his fists by slamming them into buckets of sand and rock to toughen them. When he turns 19, Rand fights the dragon Shou-Lao the Undying in order to gain the power of the Iron Fist. During the fight, Danny throws himself against the scar of Shou-Lao, burning a dragon tattoo into his chest. After he defeats the dragon he plunges his fists into a flaming brazier which contained the dragon’s molten heart, giving him the power of the Iron Fist. When the mystical city finally materialized on Earth again, Rand travels back to New York to find his father’s killer.
In his many adventures as Iron Fist, Rand has been aided by a few familiar faces to the Netflix Marvel Universe. He had a romantic relationship with Misty Knight (fans of Luke Cage will absolutely remember her). He was partners with Power Man aka Luke Cage, forming a business called Heroes for Hire offering superhero protection and investigation services. He also works closely with Colleen Wing, a master samurai and swordswoman. At one point, Iron Fist takes on the mantle of Daredevil in order to convince the world that Matt Murdock is not the Devil of Hell’s Kitchen.
The Netflix series will star Finn Jones as Danny Rand/Iron Fist and will also star Jessica Henwick, David Wenham, Jessica Stroup, Tom Pelphrey, Rosario Dawson, and Carrie-Anne Moss. The teaser trailer we’ve been given so far has shown very little. We do know this, as with every Netflix Marvel series, Danny Rand will be throwing down in an amazing action filled hallway fight scene.