So this year has been rather trying for Iron Fist fans like myself. First we hear news that our beloved Danny Rand may not actually get into Marvel's Cinematic Universe as part of The Defenders (if even appearing at all). Then we hear that the studio is having trouble with the story and they may scrap the Netflix series and go with a feature length movie on Netflix. Then we hear that's not going to happen. All of these up and down rumors left us all with a great sense of fear that we may never get to see the Immortal Iron Fist come to life like we've seen so many other great characters.
Well, all hope is not lost!
Marvel just announced that the Netflix Iron Fist series is still on its way by revealing the Executive Producer and and showrunner.
Being named showrunner and Executive Producer is actually quite a big deal in the sense that Marvel likes to keep all their entities fairly tied together, but when Scott Buck came into the picture, Jeph Loeb had no reservations about giving Scott creative license with the character. He even had this to say about Scott:
Scott came in with a take on Iron Fist that quite simply knocked us off our feet... We always look for the most creative minds in the field to help us bring our heroes to life, and with Scott we've found someone that can deliver yet another great series in the ongoing story of The Defenders.
That all seems like fairly high praise coming from the Head of Marvel Television, and Scott deserves it. Scott brings with him a background in creating characters with incredible depth. Scott served as the Executive Producer and showrunner for the final four years of Dexter, as well as serving as a writer for both Six Feet Under and Rome, among several others. Based on his history, he has a fairly well substantiated collection of intriguing characters that he's been integral in developing especially when you look at Dexter. This gives me so much hope for Iron Fist's story to come to fruition.
Marvel also gave us a quick synopsis of the story they're planning to tell for Iron Fist.
Returning to New York City after being missing for years, Daniel Rand fights against the criminal element corrupting the city with his incredible kung-fu mastery and ability to summon the fiery Iron Fist.
Iron Fist is set to be the fourth installment in Marvel's deal with Netflix along with Daredevil, Jessica Jones and Luke Cage before all joining together in the mini-series event The Defenders. There is still so much left to be discovered about Iron Fist but we've had several hints through Daredevil and likely we will discover more hints in Luke Cage as both characters have strong ties to Iron Fist. The biggest question yet to be answered is: who will Marvel cast as the lead?
There have been a few rumors from Luke Bracey to Ryan Phillipe, yet I think my personal choice to portray Iron Fist is: Alain Moussi.
Now the name probably won't ring any bells, but his collection of work should. Moussi has been a stunt double since early 2010 for dozens of movies and television shows including: Immortals, Transporter: The Series, Erased, White House Down, Pacific Rims, Nikita, X-Men: Days of Future Past, Warcraft and Suicide Squad. Moussi has also been cast in his first major lead role as the rebooted Kurt Sloane in Kickboxer, a role which was made famous by Jean Claude Van Damme.