Marvel Begins Work on ‘Iron Fist’ Movie

Published 4 years ago by , Updated March 3rd, 2014 at 6:44 am,

iron fist movie writer Marvel Begins Work on Iron Fist Movie

With Marvel laying down the groundwork and announcing plans for a schedule of big budget summer superhero movies back in 2008 after the success of Iron Man, those projects (and the dreams of many fans come true) have since become a reality. Iron Man 2 came and went and we’re already deep into production for Captain America: The First Avenger and Thor, both due out next year.

We all know these heroes and stars will team-up for The Avengers in 2012 but the question of what comes next remains somewhat of a mystery. With talk of so many second tier Marvel characters getting potential feature film treatment and some of them even getting writers and/or a director, we’re starting to get an idea of what heroes may hit the silver screens next. One of them of course, is Danny Rand aka Iron Fist.

Almost exactly a year ago, action star Ray Park (Snake Eyes in G.I. Joe: Rise of Cobra, Darth Maul in The Phantom Menace) stated that he very much desires to play Iron Fist in his film adaptation, after having been attached to star in the project a decade ago before Marvel got back the rights to the property. Since that time, the character has been name-dropped by Marvel Comics legend Stan Lee, Marvel President Kevin Feige and many others but now it’s officially moving forward.

According to Deadline’s exclusive, Marvel Studios has hired screenwriter Rich Wilkes (xXx) to pen the screenplay for Iron Fist and all I can say is “finally!” Iron Fist can make for one very unique action movie if done correctly and I’m curious as to how he’ll be introduced. We know Marvel has an interest in possibly developing a series of micro-budget films for secondary (read: completely unknown to the mainstream) characters and that some of them may be introduced through Marvel short films attached to their big summer blockbusters (a la Disney’s Pixar with their animated shorts) to help gauge fan reaction and moviegoer demand for full features of said characters.

For those unfamiliar with Danny Rand, Iron Fist is one of the greatest unarmed fighters in the world, having mastered many martial arts and their accompanying weapons. For his superhero ability, he possesses the power of the Iron Fist which allows him to control Chi energy, augmenting all of his natural abilities and making him unstoppable for a time, but it cannot be used continuously. His big move involves channeling the Chi into his fist, wrapping it in energy so he can really lay down the pain. Iron Fist can also has the ability to heal himself and others.

Perhaps it’s better to see Danny Rand in action to get a better idea of what Iron Fist is really all about. Here’s an Iron Fist gameplay trailer from his appearance in the Activision video game, Marvel Ultimate Alliance 2:

Iron Fist, like Dr. Strange, Runaways and other projects (Ant-Man, SHIELD, etc.)  in development will all be among the first Marvel Studios movies to be distributed by their new owner, Disney, as their current contract expires with Paramount after Captain America, Thor, The Avengers and Iron Man 3 all debut.

With Iron Fist getting a writer, albeit one that I’m hesitant on after seeing xXx, does this mean he won’t be teaming up with Luke Cage in a Heroes for Hire film as Ray Park suggested last summer? Will Luke Cage be next to get his only solo film since in May we heard Marvel was in talks with a known Hollywood actor to play the Power Man?

Let the speculation begin as to who should portray Danny Rand on screen!

Share your thoughts in the comments and with us on Twitter @rob_keyes and @screenrant.

Source: Deadline

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  1. Lol Scott Adkins and Michael Jai White fighting each other AGAIN? I love both of their work, but I think I’d wanna see something a lil different.

    • marvel might as well make a movie about the heroes for hire, and they should probably fight the thunderbolts.

  2. Fantastic. The iron fist movie is ace but I can’t wait to see the new assasination games. Scott Adkins looks great. Lol I agree, watching Scott Adkins and Michael Jai fight each other is just awesome.

  3. Its about time!! I’ve been wondering if they’ll ever take notice of the Iron Fist to bring him forward and now it’s comming. I can’t wait! I am an older man but I like my comic hero’s and Iron Fist has been one of them. I really hope it comes out to be better then all these that has been recently made. Thank you and I’ll be watching out for it.

    • iron fist and luke cage, epic team up!!!!!!

  4. Ok…so….if they make an Iron Fist movie, I wanna know how/when/where I can audition to play Misty Knight if they are putting her in the film? LOL… I’ve been dreaming of their being a movie for her and for several other AA female superheroines.

  5. I think ryan gossling would be a perfect match for iron fist if anybody could see it that way

  6. I think ryan gossling would be a perfect match for iron fist. If anybody could see it that way.

    • I’ve been waiting to see how this played out.

  7. I want a Hulk 2 movie to be made and action figure toys for the movie.

  8. I want Charlie Hunnam to play Iron Fist in the movie.

  9. who is going to play him?

  10. he’s in ultimate spider-man they eventually had to make a movie about him or else fans might get crazy.

  11. charlie hunnam as iron fist,perfect for the role and his performance on pacific rim convinced alot of people that this is the part for him.

  12. Scott Adkins would be the best fit for Danny Rand/Iron Fist! His Martial Arts Skills are unparalleled! Any of these other actors don’t have a 1/4 of the martial arts and acting skill set that Scott Adkins has. Scott is a versatile actor. He deserves this opportunity to show the world what he is capable of doing! He also performed Dead Pools stunts in XMen’s Wolverine. Scott can do it all! SCOTT ADKINS FOR IRON FIST!!!!!

    • I like Scott Adkins, but for this I feel Ray Park would be a better fit. Either way It would be an epic movie.

  13. I’m thinking Dwayne (The Rock) Johnson and Charlie Hunnam would be the perfect actors for this