As both the Marvel Studios film and television universes continue to get larger and larger while simultaneously becoming more and more narratively intertwined, it’s no surprise that there continues to be lots of cast crossover between different Marvel series. The current case in point in that regard is Iron Fist, the latest Netflix series to be based on one of Marvel’s “street-level” heroes, following Daredevil seasons 1 and 2, Jessica Jones and the next to arrive on the solo scene: Luke Cage.
The tale of Danny Rand — a New York native who returns to the city after years away in possession of both badass kung-fu skills and mastery of the ancient titular powers – Iron Fist is the next installment in Marvel’s Netflix journey, one which will lead to the highly anticipated small-screen debut of The Defenders. British actor Finn Jones (Game of Thrones) is set to play Rand, despite a vocal online push to cast an Asian actor in the role earlier this year. Fellow Thrones alum Jessica Henwick and The Following’s Jessica Stroup are also set to be part of the regular cast.
The latest addition to the Iron Fist cast call sheet is The Matrix trilogy vet Carrie-Anne Moss, who made her introduction into the Marvel universe as pragmatic attorney Jeri Hogarth in the aforementioned Jessica Jones, appearing in 10 out of 13 episodes. She returned to the role briefly during Daredevil season 2, and will once again reprise the character as a recurring player on Iron Fist.
As comic fans are no doubt aware, Hogarth — whose print incarnation was a man named Jeryn — has a long history of involvement with Rand, making her a natural addition to the Iron Fist TV landscape. Considering the crime-infested city Rand is returning to — and his estranged family’s corrupt high-society background — it also makes sense that he’d need to retain the services of a powerful attorney in case his extracurricular vigilante activities get him in hot water with the often equally corrupt law enforcement organizations that operate within Marvel’s fictional version of Hell’s Kitchen.
While some wonder whether Iron Fist — whose lead is arguably even lesser known to casual Marvel fans than characters like Jessica Jones were prior to getting their own TV series — will successfully continue the studio’s so-far unblemished run on Netflix, adding a heavy hitter like Moss to the cast certainly won’t do anything but help tilt the situation in the show’s favor.
Daredevil season 1 & 2 and Jessica Jones season 1 are now available on Netflix. Luke Cage season 1 will arrive on September 30th, 2016. Release dates for Jessica Jones season 2, Iron Fist, and The Defenders on Netflix have not yet been announced.