Just a few short years after Marvel and Netflix joined forces, the final member of The Defenders is set for his premiere. In March of 2017, Iron Fist will introduce the world to Danny Rand and the street-level side of the Marvel Cinematic Universe will expand its connection to magic. While Jessica Jones and Luke Cage have both stayed relatively grounded -- for shows about people with super strength -- Daredevil's second season introduced the grittier side of the MCU to mysticism in the form of the Hand.
On the comic book side of things, Danny and Luke have been teaming up all year in Marvel NOW's Power Man and Iron Fist. For fans, it's been a reminder that the company is still committed to pairing up the the long-time friends. And while that may sound like the perfect reason to launch a Heroes for Hire series, the recent renewal of Luke Cage suggests such a live-action team-up is a long way off, if not a pipe dream altogether. Meanwhile, the comics seem to be preparing for Danny's television arrival by once again giving him his own solo comic.
According to Comic Vine, it would seem that just as Danny Rand is appearing on Netflix, he'll also be getting an ongoing series in a new Iron Fist #1 comic. The news isn't too surprising, as Marvel often likes to launch new events and titles whenever one of their characters has a film or television project coming out. By doing so, they're able to tap into potential new readers excited by what they've seen on the big or small screen. Check out the synopsis and first cover image below:
"Danny Rand has always straddled two worlds – Earth and the mystical realm of K’un Lun. Now, with K’un Lun in ruins, he’ll question his place in both worlds more than ever. The chi fueling his fists is wavering. Danny will push himself to his breaking point, finding fights to prove his worth. But a bigger fight than he can handle may have found him first."
The cover above was done by Jeff Dekal, and the series will be written by Bullseye's Ed Brisson and drawn by Deathlok artist Mike Perkins. In the story, Danny will once again find himself on a mysterious island full of magic, when he's transported to Liu-Shi. There he'll face off against the island's protectors, the Seven Masters, and be pushed and challenged in new ways.
With the pedigree involved and the solo focus on Iron Fist's struggles, the comic is likely to be an exciting compliment to the upcoming live-action series, which Marvel seems happy enough with that they've appointed the showrunner to head up the Inhumans series that will be hitting IMAX screens and ABC next fall. Here's hoping the recent comics also mean Danny will be rocking that tracksuit outfit in the new show. Either way, 2017 is likely to be a good year for Iron Fist fans.
Daredevil seasons 1 and 2, Jessica Jones season 1, and Luke Cage season 1 are now available on Netflix. Iron Fist will premiere on March 17, 2017. The Defenders and The Punisher will arrive later in 2017. Premiere dates for the newest seasons of Jessica Jones, Daredevil, and Luke Cage have not yet been announced.
Source: Comic Vine