The #Netflix side of the Marvel Cinematic Universe is meant to touch on something the movies are rarely able to: the reality and grittiness of our world. It's on this side where we can really get a sense of what being a rooftop-jumping vigilante would entail. It's an entirely different exploration of the superhero persona, and one of the most difficult aspects to realistically explore in such a dark environment is a superhero costume.
In Netflix's #TheDefenders, two out of four members wear suits in the comics: Daredevil and Iron Fist. As Daredevil proved, a superhero outfit can be pulled off without veering too much into fantasy land (if a guy with better senses than a radar, a girl who can—sort of—fly, and a guy with indestructible skin don't do that already).
Such a successful translation gave us hope that we would see Danny Rand's iconic costume in his own show, despite how difficult of a task translating it into live-action seemed to be. Unfortunately, we won't see the iron-fisted superhero in costume in #IronFist. Speaking to SFX magazine, showrunner Scott Buck revealed:
“There was no good reason we could imagine to put Danny Rand in a costume. Because Danny Rand is still discovering who he is as a hero and where he is going to be, so he’s not yet ready to put on a mask or a costume.”
Now, don't get your pitchforks out just yet. That doesn't mean we will never see the Iron Fist costume in live-action because...
We Could See Danny's Super Suit In 'The Defenders'
As we saw in #LukeCage, being a public super-powered individual without a secret identity can have serious consequences not only for you, but for the people around you. That's sure to be even worse for a recently-returned-from-the-dead billionaire, and Scott Buck acknowledged that by stating:
“[A]t the same time he is someone who is rather well known as a billionaire, so he can’t necessarily go out in public and do the things he does without being recognized. It does become an issue for the character.”
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#Marvel has dropped nods to Danny's costume through multiple trailers and photoshoots (like the picture above), so it looks like they'll at least honor the famous garment in that way, even if we won't see it in the show. Therefore, as sad as the lack of it in Season 1 of Iron Fist is, the reasoning behind it makes sense. #FinnJones recently talked about Iron Fist and The Defenders being a two-part journey for his character.
That gives the show the opportunity to give Danny Rand a great evolution. In the comics, the Iron Fist outfit was a ceremonial garb Danny carried with him from K'un-Lun to New York City. He had it on when he got to the United States in order to avenge his parents's deaths at the hands of Harold Meachum.
With Danny being presented as a flawed character in the series, could it be he'll have his costume with him, but won't put them on until the time he feels ready (that time being The Defenders)? That would be a great sign of evolution for the character. And as evidenced by films like #Logan, character development over spectacle makes for a much better piece of entertainment.
How do you feel about Danny not sporting his iconic costume in the first season of Iron Fist? Do you think we'll see it in The Defenders?