If you don't subscribe to Netflix already, now might be the time to get in the game. Marvel just used their Thursday Comic-Con panel with Netflix to drop the first trailer for Luke Cage, tease The Defenders in epic fashion and officially announce Season 3 of Daredevil (which has the potential be quite special).
That's all well and good, but none of the above are quite as exciting as the first teaser trailer for Iron Fist. As the last of Marvel's four Defenders to get his own solo series, it's fair to say Danny Rand has been flying under the radar while Jessica Jones and Matt Murdock soak up all the glory — but on this evidence, it's probably fair to assume he'll have his moment.
Check out the teaser trailer below.
Where to start? This is pretty much as tantalising as a minute-long teaser can be, instantly differentiating Iron Fist from its Netflix cousins by establishing a distinct visual identity. Even if just for a few seconds, the snow and the mist take us right out of New York City and into — well, into a land far, far away.
But, more than that, it's also peppered with miniature hints regarding the fidelity of this series to Danny Rand's highly unique comic book origins. If you're not already familiar, and you find yourself asking who the hell Iron Fist actually is, he's essentially the son of a man who once resided in the ancient Tibetan city of K'un-Lun.
Danny's father, Wendell, moved back to America, married and had a kid. Some years later, during a mountaineering expedition in the aforementioned mountains in search of the portal to K'un-Lun, both Wendell and his wife were killed. Danny was found, taken to K'un-Lun and mentored by the ancient, immortal martial arts master Lei-Kung, whose students ultimately take on the role of Iron Fist.
That's a very simplified version of a very complicated origin story, but that solitary shot of an iPod lay in the snow clearly suggests Netflix will be doing proper justice to Danny's beginnings, presumably told via flashbacks, just as in Jessica Jones and Daredevil. The classic iPod design serves as a clue that the whole thing happened about ten years ago, which gives Danny enough time to have become the Iron Fist, returned to New York and begun using his chi to plot revenge against his father's old enemy Nu-An (who presumably sent those monks to rescue Danny) and his own, eventual return to K'un-Lun.
It's also pleasing to see that Finn Jones seems to possess considerable wall-smashing, psych ward-escaping, beard-heavy charisma as Danny, in sharp contrast to his role as Ser Loras Tyrell in Game of Thrones. I have a feeling that any doubts will be put to bed from the moment the first episode hits.
Check out the trailer for Luke Cage Season 1 (which debuts Sept 30 on Netflix) below, then tell me —