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There's no question that Marvel dominates the blockbuster movie market, and the entertainment giant is ready to do the same thing on TV. With a host of series in production and development, Marvel's ready to prove that its superheroes can work on the small screen just as well as they do in the movies, and they'll have another chance to do that with the upcoming Iron Fist series on Netflix.

Iron Fist is set to be a gritty kung fu action series featuring Marvel's premier martial arts master Danny Rand, a.k.a. the Iron Fist. The character is a fan favorite for comic book lovers, and if the response to Marvel's other shows is any indication, Iron Fist is bound to be a huge hit. But don't worry if you're unfamiliar with the character, because we're running through everything we know about Iron Fist before the series premiere.

Iron Fist News And Updates

Updated 10/14/2016

Actor Lewis Tan, who will play the villainous Zhou Cheng on the show, recently took to social media to discuss whitewashing in Hollywood and the potential for more Asian heroes to appear in movies and TV. Tan originally auditioned to play Danny Rand, and while producers ultimately kept the character white like his comic book counterpart, Tan hopes more Asian heroes are on the way.

We have our first official look at Danny Rand in action thanks to Netflix's Twitter account. The photo shows star Finn Jones taking a leaping strike at his opponent. Here's to hoping we see Rand in his classic green and gold costume sometime soon.

Alongside the first official image, it was announced that Iron Fist will premiere on on March 17, 2017. A teaser revealing the premiere date was accompanied by an updated synopsis for the series, stating:

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.

Leaked set photos have already revealed a glimpse at Jones as Danny Rand, and he looks more like a homeless guy than a superhero. We've also seen him alongside actress Jessica Stroup, who plays Danny's childhood friend Joy Meachum.

Iron Fist is the final show leading up to The Defenders, Marvel's epic series that will see the martial arts master join forces with other Netflix heroes Daredevil, Jessica Jones and Luke Cage to save New York City from destruction. A teaser from San Diego Comic-Con 2016 proved that the team will face some major challenges along the way.

Back in March 2016, Marvel's Chief Creative Officer Joe Quesada revealed that Iron Fist will have a totally different feel than the company's previous TV series, noting:

"Our goal is to provide four different shows that each have their own feel while, again, feeling like they are a part of a whole. Not an easy task, but I can tell you that our team is really fantastic at doing this. It’s still the early stages of Iron Fist so I’m a little hesitant to say too much more than that. But Danny Rand is a completely different character and the world that he comes from, how he obtained his powers and his skills — all completely different. I think fans will be pleased."

Finn Jones will star as Danny Rand/Iron Fist.
Finn Jones will star as Danny Rand/Iron Fist.

February 2016 saw the announcement that Finn Jones would play Danny Rand/Iron Fist, with our the first official image and plot synopsis for the series revealed the following March.

Marvel revealed Iron Fist back in December 2015, when after much speculation the company confirmed its plans to move forward with Scott Buck as the series's showrunner.

Iron Fist Rumors

There's been plenty of speculation that Rosario Dawson will reprise her role as nurse Claire Temple in Iron Fist. During San Diego Comic-Con 2016, it was confirmed that Rosario Dawson was shooting another role for a Marvel TV series following her appearance in Luke Cage. She's still not confirmed for Iron Fist, but considering she's appeared every other Marvel Netflix series don't be shocked to see Dawson join the cast.

Wai Ching Ho as Madame Gao in 'Daredevil.'
Wai Ching Ho as Madame Gao in 'Daredevil.'

Diehard fans noticed some Iron Fist Easter Eggs all the way back in Daredevil Season 1 tied to the appearance of drug lord Madame Gao. Her references to a homeland "a considerable distance farther" than China and the appearance of the Steel Serpent symbol from Iron Fist comics indicate that she could actually be the villainous Crane Mother from Marvel Comics's The Immortal Iron Fist series. We saw an appearance by Gao in the latest Iron Fist teaser trailer, but will she appear as Crane Mother and bring her warrior champion Steel Serpent with her?

Back in March, it was rumored that producers were casting the role of Marvel Comics martial artist Shang-Chi for Iron Fist. Many were excited at the potential of an Asian co-star in the series, though with no official word on the character's inclusion it looks like he'll be left out this time around. But knowing Marvel, anything could happen.

Iron Fist Series Premiere Date

Iron Fist debuts all 13 episodes of Season 1 on Netflix on March 17, 2017. The streaming service revealed the release date in a cryptic teaser featuring the symbol of Shou-Lao the Undying, the ancient dragon that Danny Rand defeated in order to gain his powers as Iron Fist. While it doesn't show much, the tease clearly illustrates that the show won't steer away from the otherworldly iconography associated with the character.

Iron Fist Season 1 Trailers

A new teaser trailer released during New York Comic Con 2016 revealed a closer look at Iron Fist in action, with glimpses at Danny Rand, Colleen Wing and even Madame Gao — confirming speculation that the Daredevil drug lord will appear in the new series.

Marvel unveiled the first teaser trailer for Iron Fist during San Diego Comic-Con 2016, offering fans a quick glimpse at the upcoming superhero series. We got a taste of Danny Rand's tragic origin story, his rescue by the monks of K'un-Lun and his return to New York City.

Iron Fist Cast

Iron Fist battles a group of HYDRA agents. (via Marvel Comics)
Iron Fist battles a group of HYDRA agents. (via Marvel Comics)

Marvel has a proven track record when it comes to finding solid actors for its Netflix shows. Here's a rundown of the stars behind Iron Fist.

— Finn Jones Fans will remember Jones best as Loras Tyrell from Game Of Thrones, and we're excited to see him join the Marvel family. The actor is already confirmed to reprise his role as Danny Rand/Iron Fist in Marvel's The Defenders.

— Jessica Henwick: Best known for her role as Nymeria Sand on Game Of Thrones, Henwick joins the cast as Colleen Wing.

— David Wenham: Wenham impressed fans with his turn as Faramir in the Lord Of The Rings series and as Spartan warrior Dilios in the 300 movies. He'll ditch his warrior ways in Iron Fist as businessman Harold Meachum.

— Jessica Stroup: A former mainstay on Fox's The Following, Stroup joins the cast as Joy Meachum.

— Tom Pelphrey: Pelphrey's known for a five year stint on The Guiding Light and a co-starring role on Cinemax's Banshee, but will jump to Netflix as Ward Meachum on Iron Fist.

Lewis Tan: A role as the villainous Zhou Cheng will mark Tan's big break after a string of small film and TV roles. Thankfully, he has an impressive stunt performance background which will benefit the martial arts series.

— Simone Missick: We first saw Missick as Detective Misty Knight on Luke Cage, and she'll reprise the role for Iron Fist.

— Carrie-Anne Moss: Moss will forever be remembered as Trinity in the Matrix trilogy, though she managed to impress fans yet again as lawyer Jeri Hogarth on Jessica Jones. She'll bring Hogarth along for the party in Iron Fist.

Mike Colter as Luke Cage.
Mike Colter as Luke Cage.

Fans are also anticipating an appearance by Mike Colter as the super-strong Luke Cage. Cage and Iron Fist have a long history in the comic books, and the seeds of their friendship could be planted in the upcoming show. We're still awaiting word if Colter will make an appearance in Iron Fist.

Iron Fist Characters

With a brand new hero at the center of the show, Iron Fist will introduce a slew of new characters to the MCU alongside a couple characters from the previous Netflix shows.

Finn Jones as Danny Rand in the first 'Iron Fist' teaser trailer.
Finn Jones as Danny Rand in the first 'Iron Fist' teaser trailer.

— Danny Rand/Iron Fist: As a boy, Danny became stranded in the snowy mountains of Tibet during an expedition with his family, but was rescued by monks from the mystical city of K'un-Lun. Adopted as their own, Danny trained in the ways of martial arts and eventually earned the mantle of the Iron Fist — the city's sacred protector imbued with fantastic powers by an ancient dragon. The show will find Danny return to his birthplace of New York City to battle a mysterious emerging threat while also taking his place as the heir to his family's company, Rand Enterprises.

Jessica Henwick is set to play Colleen Wing in 'Iron Fist.'
Jessica Henwick is set to play Colleen Wing in 'Iron Fist.'

— Colleen Wing: A friend and ally of Danny, Colleen runs a martial arts dojo in New York City. In the comics, Wing fought alongside Iron Fist as a member of the Heroes for Hire, so expect to see her put those fighting skills to the test.

— Harold Meachum: Meachum is a ruthless businessman who took charge of Rand Enterprises after the disappearance of Danny and the death of his parents. A former partner to Danny's father, expect Meachum to do whatever he can to retain control of the company.

— Joy Meachum: The daughter of Harold Meachum, Joy was childhood friends with Danny. In the years since his disappearance, she worked to grow Rand Enterprises alongside her father and brother Ward.

— Ward Meachum: Harold's son and Joy's brother, Ward worked with his family to grow Rand Enterprises during Danny's absence. But the heir-apparent's return could jeopardize all their hard work.

— Zhou Cheng: Little's known about how Zhou will factor into the series, though in the comics the character is the latest in a line of martial artists tasked with killing the Iron Fist for their mysterious master. He has mystical abilities similar to Iron Fist, and should be a pretty formidable opponent.

Simone Missick as Misty Knight in 'Luke Cage.'
Simone Missick as Misty Knight in 'Luke Cage.'

— Misty Knight: An NYPD detective first introduced in Luke Cage, Misty has a clear sense of right and wrong and will do whatever she can to fight crime in the city. She's also an incredible detective, able to analyze crime scenes with ease to determine just what went down. It's unclear what role she'll play in Iron Fist, though in the comics Misty had a romantic relationship with Iron Fist and worked alongside him, Colleen Wing and Luke Cage with the Heroes for Hire team.

Carrie-Anne Moss as Jeri Hogarth in 'Jessica Jones.'
Carrie-Anne Moss as Jeri Hogarth in 'Jessica Jones.'

— Jeri Hogarth: Hogarth was a mainstay in Jessica Jones, a powerful attorney who gave Jessica work as a private investigator. Her character is actually a gender-swapped version of Marvel Comics's Jeryn Hogarth, an attorney who worked alongside Danny's father and helped Danny upon his return to New York. We'll wait to see if that long-standing relationship makes it to the Netflix series.

Iron Fist Season 1 Theories

With buzz continuing to build for Iron Fist Season 1, fans are ready to theorize and speculate what we'll see on Marvel's next superhero series.

We already know that Iron Fist is a master of martial arts, but will producers honor that legacy by making the series a throwback to the classic kung fu movies of the '70s that inspired the character's creation?

Iron Fist Season 1 Reviews And Recaps

Iron Fist practicing his martial arts. (via Marvel Comics)
Iron Fist practicing his martial arts. (via Marvel Comics)

The 13 episodes of Iron Fist Season 1 are bound to be filled with awesome action and an exciting story. And given its inclusion in the MCU, we'll no doubt see plenty of Marvel Easter Eggs hinting at connections to the other Netflix shows, including the highly-anticipated The Defenders.

We'll update this section with our reviews and recaps of Iron Fist Season 1 when the show's released next March. But in the meantime, why not get caught up with Marvel's other Netflix shows? Check out the pieces below for more on the ever expanding Marvel/Netflix line-up.

Iron Fist Season 1 Previews And Promos

There's still a lot of time before Iron Fist hits Netflix, though the show's official Twitter account has released several preview images that hint at its plot.

The relationship between Danny Rand and the Meachum family has been teased in several promo images. First, we saw a urgent message for Joy Meachum asking about Danny. Another promo image revealed that Harold Meachum is ill, which could spur a power struggle for Rand Enterprises between Joy, Ward and Danny.

The relationship between the Meachums and Danny clearly runs deep, as illustrated by this snapshot featuring Danny, Ward and Joy as kids.

Clearly, the conflict for control over Rand Enterprises will play a major role in Season 1 of Iron Fist. It looks like we might even see some corporate espionage.

Another promo image teased Colleen Wing's role in the show, featuring a flyer for her dojo. It looks like Danny could seek out Colleen's help after hearing about her training facility.

Iron Fist Comic Books

Iron Fist prepares for battle in Marvel Comics's 'The Immortal Iron Fist.' (via Marvel Comics)
Iron Fist prepares for battle in Marvel Comics's 'The Immortal Iron Fist.' (via Marvel Comics)

Iron Fist made his Marvel Comics debut back in 1974, and with over 40 years worth of comic book stories producers have plenty to draw from when adapting the character for his solo series and The Defenders. Luckily, we have you covered when it comes to the kung fu superhero's comic book backstory. Check out the stories below to get up-to-date on Iron Fist's origins:

Be sure to keep an eye on this page for any updates from Marvel's Iron Fist. From news and rumors to trailers and more, we have you covered when it comes to the upcoming Iron Fist Netflix series.

Iron Fist hits Netflix on March 17, 2017. What do you think will happen on the superhero series? Let us know in the comments below.

[Sources: Collider, ScreenRant]


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