The Marvel Cinematic Universe continues to expand on Netflix, with individual superhero stories leading up to the team-up series The Defenders debuting next year. While fans are waiting impatiently for the very far-off sequels to Daredevil and Jessica Jones, they can dive into episodes of this fall’s Luke Cage and 2017’s long-awaited martial arts master series, Iron Fist.
Like Doctor Strange in Marvel’s big screen universe, Iron Fist is the most otherworldly hero in Netflix’s otherwise more grounded corner of the MCU. Danny Rand (Finn Jones), orphaned in a tragic accident in China and raised in the alternate-dimension city of K’un Lun, channels his chi to focus superhuman power into his body. While his TV incarnation will be focused more in the very tangible New York City, with Rand fighting earth-bound villains, it looks like we’ll be getting a peek into the training and mysticism that created the Iron Fist.
An early trailer for Iron Fist shows flashes of Rand’s past, including the accident that claimed the lives of his parents. Like Daredevil interweaving stories of Matt Murdock’s (Charlie Cox) present with his childhood training with mentor Stick (Scott Glenn), actor Jones has hinted on his Instagram that we might get something similar with Rand’s training with K’un Lun warrior Lei-Kung.
In the comic books, Lei-Kung spent centuries preparing young fighters aspiring to be the ultimate protector of the city, as Iron Fist. The final, and often deadly, test came against the immortal dragon Shou Loa. The quote above talks extensively about protecting one’s heart, which is directly related to how the comic version of Rand defeated the dragon. In the battle he pressed his chest against the dragon’s, which broke the connection between her body and the life energy of her heart — which was separate from her body.
Jones has spoken about the intensive training regimen he underwent for his role in Iron Fist, a combination of martial arts disciplines, meditation, and Buddhist philosophy. “I’ve always dreamed of a role that bridged spiritual discipline and badass superhero,” the actor said, adding that the contradiction of those two worlds would be fascinating to portray. It seems an ideal way to reveal some of that training and philosophy by showing Rand with his mentor Lei-Kung. While enriching the backstory of the character, it also provides another opportunity for the kind of thrilling, intricate fight sequences that have made Daredevil so popular.
Daredevil season 1 & 2 and Jessica Jones season 1 are now available on Netflix. Luke Cage season 1 will arrive on September 30th, 2016. Iron Fist and The Defenders arrive in 2017. Release dates for Jessica Jones season 2, The Punisher and Daredevil season 3 have not yet been announced.
Source: Finn Jones