Netflix is debuting Iron Fist next month, the final character needed for The Defenders superhero team-up series later this year. The streaming service has achieved an impressive amount of success and acclaim for the show that launched this Marvel TV universe, Daredevil, and fans have welcomed follow-ups Jessica Jones and Luke Cage with equal fervor. It now remains to be seen if the most supernatural hero of the bunch will achieve another viewership victory.
Iron Fist will introduce viewers to Danny Rand (Finn Jones), an orphan who returns to New York City after being missing for 15 years. He hopes to regain control of his father’s company and begin a new life, but the staggering array of martial arts skills and mystical power he acquired in his time away lead him to consider a greater purpose of fighting evil in the city.
As the premiere date nears, Netflix has been releasing more updates and photos for Iron Fist, and courtesy of CBR, we now have new images of several main players in the series. The new promotional stills, which you can see in the gallery below, feature Rand alongside siblings Joy (Jessica Stroup) and Ward Meachum (Tom Pelphrey), plus lawyer Jeri Hogarth (Carrie-Anne Moss), who fans will know from both Jessica Jones and season 2 of Daredevil. This won’t be a mere cameo from Jeri, either, as she’s reportedly “very involved in Danny’s journey.”
The images also include “badass, hustler” Colleen Wing (Jessica Henwick), training students in her NYC dojo, where our Marvel heroes’ favorite nurse Claire Temple (Rosario Dawson) is learning self-defense. It wouldn’t be a Netflix Marvel series without an image of the title hero kicking butt, and Rand here looks to be delivering a pretty powerful kick to his opponent’s head.
The Meachums, which includes treacherous father Harold (David Wenham), stand as an obstacle to Rand taking back control of his family business. This is likely how he and Jeri end up on the same side of what looks like a negotiation table. There definitely seems to be some visible tension from the Meachum siblings at the press conference with Rand, though the actors have hinted that all the family members might not be unified in their evil intentions.
Netflix has also been amping up promotion on social media, with Iron Fist writer Scott Reynolds tweeting a striking banner of Rand lighting the darkness around him with his glowing fist and a shower of sparks (see above). The show title with its dragon logo overlays the dragon tattoo on Rand’s chest. While some had worried that the more stripped-down world of Marvel on Netflix might lead to some cheesy effects for Iron Fist, so far the visuals in both images and the trailer have looked legitimately fantastical without being overdone.
The official account also posted the new Iron Fist kick still from the series, with the caption “Focus. Breathe. Strike.” While Rand has some otherworldly elements to amp up his power, he still relies on rigorously studied techniques of combat, meditation, and focusing his chi. As we see more and more of the new series, it’s promising to delve into the complexity and unique struggles of the characters; a welcome trademark of all the solo outings in The Defenders shows so far.
Daredevil season 1 and 2, Jessica Jones season 1, and Luke Cage season 1 are now available on Netflix. Iron Fist will premiere on March 17. The Defenders and The Punisher will arrive at some point this year. Premiere dates for the newest seasons of Jessica Jones, Daredevil, and Luke Cage have not yet been revealed.