Real Name: Daniel “Danny” Rand-K’ai
Country of Origin: U.S.A., though he has dual-citizenship in the U.S. and K’un Lun
Joined the Team In: New Avengers #27
Powers/Abillities: “The Iron Fist” (a concentration of chi in his fists that allows him to tap into the super-human energy known as Shou-Lao), healing ability, master martial artist.
Who/What Is He: Iron Fist is one of the great martial artists of the Marvel Universe and has the mystical ability to harness his chi and transform his fists into deadly, superhuman weapons.
Why We Want Him: While you can have Luke Cage without Iron Fist, it’s not recommended -- they’re like a 1980s buddy cop duo, having worked together for years as the “Heroes for Hire” (a misnomer, seeing as they rarely got paid). While the Avengers already has several skilled fighters -- Cap, Widow, and Hawkeye -- none matches Iron Fist in terms of sheer martial arts excellence. And like Dr. Strange, he brings a bit of supernatural mysticism to a superhero team predisposed toward science-fiction tropes.
Also, his costume? The perfect example of simple and awesome.