2017 is a busy time for the Marvel Cinematic Universe, what with several new MCU movies and TV series premiering; not to mention, multiple films and TV shows set in the MCU entering production for release either this year or in 2018. The first MCU installment arriving in 2017 is none other than the first season of Iron Fist, the next Marvel/Netflix TV series - starring Game of Thrones alum Finn Jones as the man with the iron fist himself, Danny Rand - and the final piece to the puzzle that is The Defenders: Marvel's street-level, New York-based, superhero team that's getting their own miniseries this summer.
Marvel/Netflix only just released the second (and full-length) trailer for Iron Fist season 1, quickly taking viewers who are less familiar with Rand's origin story (from the world of Marvel Comics) through the paces of how he becomes a superhero and the dangers that he encounters, upon returning to New York reclaim his family inheritance after being missing for several years (and presumed dead). Another video, this time in the form of an extended clip from Iron Fist season 1, is now online to promote the show's fast-approaching premiere date too.
The Iron Fist extended clip (see the video above) shows the character Colleen Wing (Jessica Henwick, another Game of Thrones cast member) in action, as she battles a pair of brawlers in a cage-fight. Those who attended the Iron Fist panel at the 2016 New York Comic-Con panel (or read about it, anyway) should recognize this particular sequence too, as it was among the clips shown during the show's NYCC presentation.
Martial arts expert Colleen Wing was technically first "name-dropped" in the Luke Cage season 1 finale, when Claire Temple (Rosario Dawson) was shown ripping a phone number tag off a flyer advertising Colleen's self-defense class. The new clip from Iron Fist not only illustrates that Claire - who, as she has with Marvel/Netflix TV shows past, is appearing in Iron Fist's freshman season - made a smart call in seeking out Colleen as a martial arts instructor; it also shows why Danny Rand accepts Colleen's help upon his return to New York. Supernatural abilities aside, Colleen appears to be Danny's equal, in the area of close-quarter fighting.
The inclusion of both Claire and Colleen as main characters in Iron Fist should also help to make the show more appealing, especially to those MCU fans who are concerned that the series version of Danny Rand will amount to yet another white savior protagonist. Other recent announcements, such as the reveal that the self-professed kung fu lover RZA directed an episode of Iron Fist season 1, should also come as encouraging news, for those fans of the Marvel/Netflix corner of the MCU that aren't so sure about this Rand fellow yet. Failing that, at least Colleen's fight scenes on the show look to impress right now.
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.