Iron Fist is the last Marvel superhero who (at the time of writing this) has been officially confirmed to receive their own Netflix series, leading up to a cross-over mini series in The Defenders that will unite Iron Fist (real name: Daniel Rand) with fellow New York-based crime-fighters: Daredevil/Matt Murdock (Charlie Cox), Jessica Jones (Krysten Ritter), and Luke Cage (Mike Colter). The Iron Fist series will see Daniel “Danny” Rand resurface in New York City after years of being missing, using his new martial arts skills and mystical abilities to battle the city’s criminal underbelly.
Dexter alum Scott Buck is serving as show-runner on Iron Fist and the general expectation is that the series will explore Rand’s experiences traveling the world and gaining the power of the Iron Fist by way of flashbacks, like how Daredevil and Jessica Jones season 1 fleshed out their namesake’s respective backstories – and how Luke Cage season 1 (which takes place a few months after Jessica Jones season 1) is expected to, when it arrives later this year. Now, it seems we know one writer who will assist Buck in bringing Rand’s comic book origin story to life on the small screen.
Jessica Jones writer/producer Scott Reynolds has reveal on his Twitter account (h/t to HH) that he is now serving as a writer on Iron Fist too (see the screengrab below). Reynolds was a writer/producer on Dexter when Buck had taken over showrunning duties on the Showtime TV series, so it makes sense that he would be among the first talents recruited to work on Iron Fist too – given that Reynolds boasts a combination of experience working on television alongside Buck and has a track record with Marvel TV to boot. Reynolds also served as a writer on Skins in the early 2000s and received credit for being a “consulting producer” on a season of The Following.
Buck and Reynolds both have a proven knack for crafting TV shows that walk on the dark side, in terms of their content and thematic substance alike. That makes the pair a logical fit for Iron Fist too, seeing as the show is expected to take its cues from previous Marvel/Netflix programs and embrace an overall more mature tone, compared to the comparatively lighter ABC Marvel TV shows (Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. and Agent Carter) and Marvel Studios live-action films alike. The Netflix corner of the Marvel Cinematic Universe shouldn’t be lightening up anytime soon either, what with characters like The Punisher (Jon Bernthal) joining the party in 2016 with Daredevil season 2 – and possibly in his own Punisher spinoff series, down the line.
The next big step for the Iron Fist series should be to cast an actor as Daniel Rand, now that it has a showrunner and least part of its central writing staff in place. There has been some debate among fans as to whether or not Daniel Rand ought to be played by an Asian-American actor, given the character’s Kung Fu mastery – with some in support of the idea, while others have expressed concerns that such a move would actually do more to promote stereotypes rather than subvert them. Interestingly enough, it would appear that the same discussion (or one similar to it) is also taking place behind closed doors at Marvel TV…
Daredevil season 1 and Jessica Jones season 1 are now available on Netflix. Daredevil season 2 will debut on Netflix on March 18th, 2016, followed by Luke Cage season 1 later in 2016. Release dates for Iron Fist and The Defenders on Netflix have not yet been announced. Screen Rant will keep you updated on the Punisher spinoff as development continues.