Despite a lot of rumors that said it was being reworked, reimagined as a movie or canceled altogether, Marvel's Iron Fist is coming together for its debut on Netflix next year. Several casting announcements have come through recently, revealing some of the key players in the Marvel series, like the addition of Game of Thrones' Jessica Henwick as Collen Wing, and most recently, David Wenham as Harold Meachum.
The latest announcement brings Jessica Stroup of 90210 and The Following to the show, playing the part of Joy Meachum. Not only that, but Banshee's Tom Pelphrey is joining the cast as well as a new take on Ward Meachum.
Joy Meachum is the daughter of the aforementioned Harold Meachum, former business partner of Danny Rand's father Wendell Rand. Groomed by her father to take over Rand Enterprises, Joy will obviously not be very happy to see Danny Rand seemingly return from the dead and want to take over the operation she's been running. In the comics, Joy was led to believe Iron Fist was responsible an attack on her father; it's unknown whether that particular plot line will be adapted for the Netflix series or not. She did eventually discover the truth in the comics, and likely will in the Netflix series if Marvel follows that path in the show.
According to Variety, Pelphrey's Ward Meachum will be Joy's brother who is helping her run Rand Enterprises. Ward was Joy's uncle in the comics, though this isn't the first time that Marvel has made major changes to a story to better fit the narrative of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Also blaming Iron Fist for what happened to Harold, Ward hired several supervillains and developed technology for them in hopes that one of them might take the hero out. His growing paranoia eventually led to his downfall as he double-crossed the wrong supervillain.
Of course, with the show setting up both Joy and Ward with reasons to dislike Danny Rand's return, it's likely that we'll see some take on the comic story that goes beyond Harold Meachum as a major antagonist. It's possible that this will involve the Hand in some way, tying Iron Fist in with season 2 of Daredevil, since Harold was confronted by a character known as The Ninja (though he wasn't actually a member of the Hand in the comics). If they do, then we could even see Ward working with the Iron Fist villain Master Khan (who is the one that The Ninja actually worked for) assuming that Khan ends up being the Big Bad of the season.
That sort of speculation is getting a bit ahead of what's been revealed, of course, since so far there's been no hint of Master Khan or any other antagonist aside from Harold Meachum himself. It may take a little while for all of Iron Fist's secrets to be revealed, especially since we don't know when the show will debut on Netflix. With The Defenders starting filming at the end of the year, though, it's a safe bet that we'll start finding out a lot more about Iron Fist in the months ahead.
Daredevil season 1 & 2 and Jessica Jones season 1 are now available on Netflix. Luke Cage season 1 will arrive on September 30th, 2016. Release dates for Jessica Jones season 2, Iron Fist, and The Defenders on Netflix have not yet been announced.