Netflix kicked off its corner of the Marvel Cinematic Universe in early 2015 with the debut of Daredevil season 1, followed later in the year by the first season of Jessica Jones. The streaming service continued to build out its street-level heroes with a second season of Daredevil and the freshman season of Luke Cage this year. However, 2017 will mark the first calendar year in which Netflix will release three Marvel series: the final of the four originally planned solo series, Iron Fist; the team-up miniseries The Defenders; and the Daredevil spinoff, The Punisher.
For its part, Iron Fist will follow the titular superhero, Danny Rand (Finn Jones), who returns to New York City after being missing for 15 years. He hopes to reclaim his his father’s company, Rand Enterprises, but his father’s business partner Harold Meachum (David Wenham) — and his children Joy (Jessica Stroup) and Ward (Tom Pelphrey) — are resistant to Danny. Additionally, when The Hand makes itself known in New York City, Danny must assemble allies in the form of Colleen Wing (Jessica Henwick) and Claire Temple (Rosario Dawson).
Netflix released four new photos from Iron Fist season 1 featuring Danny Rand, his allies, and his former friends the Meachums. The first image features Jones as Danny Rand it what may be Colleen Wing’s dojo, the second focuses on Colleen herself; the third photo highlights Joy and Ward Meachum, while the last features Danny and his allies, Colleen and Claire. Take a look:
Filming on Iron Fist season 1 wrapped earlier this year, just prior to the show’s appearance at New York Comic Con in October, where the cast and Marvel TV head Jeph Loeb debuted the first trailer for the series. When Iron Fist debuts on Netflix early in 2017, the series will join three critically acclaimed Marvel series from the streaming service. While it remains to be seen how well Iron Fist is received — especially in contrast to Daredevil, Jessica Jones, and Luke Cage — the series has so far been met with criticism for positioning a white male lead as the star of a story based heavily in Asian history and traditions, as well as casting Asian characters as faceless (and stereotypical) villains in The Hand organization.
It’s unclear how these criticisms will affect the release of Iron Fist but, considering Luke Cage may or may not have crashed Netflix (the streaming service never confirmed the cause of the outages during the series’ debut weekend), the upcoming Marvel series has a high bar to reach both in terms of viewership and audience reception. Still, with only a teaser, a trailer, and these newest images to go on, fans may have to wait a little longer to get a better sense of what to expect from Iron Fist.
Daredevil seasons 1 and 2, Jessica Jones season 1, and Luke Cage season 1 are now available on Netflix. Iron Fist will premiere on March 17, 2017. The Defenders and The Punisher will arrive in 2017. Premiere dates for the newest seasons of Jessica Jones, Daredevil, and Luke Cage have not yet been announced.