A young man is bestowed with incredible martial arts skills and mystical force known as the Iron Fist. With The Defenders arriving in 2017, there’s only one more piece in Marvel’s initial Netflix puzzle, and that’s Iron Fist. Scott Buck (whose credits include Dexter and Six Feet Under) serves as showrunner for the Iron Fist Netflix series. “I’ve always been drawn to writing complex, intriguing characters, and that’s what most excites me about the opportunity to bring Danny Rand and Iron Fist to life with Marvel on Netflix,” Buck said in a statement when he was first announced. With a little more than a month to go before Iron Fist releases, Netflix finally dropped the official trailer for the series.
Marvel Iron Fist TV Series Details
The first trailer was released at New York Comic Con in October.
“Because of who you are there will always be forces gathering against you, disguised as a friend, slipping past you as a stranger, they are everywhere. If you choose to continue as you are, know that you risk everything,” it promises. “A child touched by fire, destined to be our greatest warrior.” There was an earlier teaser revealed during the Luke Cage panel at San Diego Comic-Con.
With three shows and four total seasons under their belt, the Marvel Studios/Netflix partnership now comes with a fairly concrete set of expectations. You know you’re going to get something a cut above the average network superhero TV show in terms of production value, and there are places they can go that their broadcast counterparts can’t. Like its predecessors, Iron Fist establishes a slightly different tone (this one comes from Dexter showrunner Scott Buck) and is mostly self-contained, with few connections to previous series that might put off a new viewer.
Things take a better turn in episode 6, directed by none other than Wu-Tang Clan’s RZA, who is no stranger to the highs and lows of martial arts movies. This is the first time you start to feel the show really find its feet, and it’s no coincidence that there’s a stronger visual identity and more obvious martial arts connections on display here. It’s certainly the most action-packed, but it’s also the first one that revels in the mystical weirdness of Danny’s world, and it works beautifully.
We’ll find out when all 13 episodes of Iron Fist arrive on Netflix on March 17th.