Scott Buck is no longer going to serve as the showrunner on Iron Fist, with Raven Metzner stepping in for season 2. After a string of successes, Marvel and Netflix experienced their first true disappointment with Iron Fist. For a character engraining in mysticism and martial arts, the first season of the show largely abandoned these ideas. When it did attempt to bring in the expertise of Danny Rand (Finn Jones) or anyone else, it was not handled properly - with Jones saying he had almost no time to prep and rehearse these scenes.
In the fallout of the first season, almost all of this blame was placed directly on the shoulders of showrunner Scott Buck. When Marvel officially announced Iron Fist was renewed for a second season last night, one of the big questions was whether or not Buck would return. Now, it is clear he will not.
EW has revealed that Buck is not returning for season 2 and Raven Metzner is taking over the title of showrunner moving forward. Metzner has previously served as a producer on Sleepy Hallow, Heroes Reborn, Falling Skies, and more. Marvel TV head Jeph Loeb confirmed this to be the case, issuing the following statement about how great of a fit Metzner will be.
"Raven’s love of all things Iron Fist and his extensive knowledge of martial arts films made him the perfect choice to continue telling the adventures of Danny Rand and Colleen Wing. Season One and The Defenders are only the beginning of this fantastic action packed tale."
Iron Fist actor Finn Jones welcomed Metzner on board via his Instagram:
For fans already weary of a second season, bringing Metzner into the fold should help push Iron Fist in a new direction. Even though season one was devoid of almost all mysticism, the season finale teased bigger mysteries ahead for Danny and Colleen Wing (Jessica Henwick). With K'un-Lun gone and both set to battle for the fate of New York in The Defenders, season 2 could be radically different in the end.
The addition of Metzner won't be the only change that Iron Fist experiences in its second season. Along with the renewal, Marvel also announced last that Simone Missick will join the cast next season, reprising her role as Misty Knight. This is already teasing the creation of the Daughters of the Dragon - the team name Misty and Colleen go by. If they are given a larger role in the second season while Danny further learns to master his abilities and Metzner can deliver on the martial arts expertise teased by Loeb, then maybe this next season will be everything fans hoped the first would be.
Marvel’s The Defenders premieres on August 18th, followed by The Punisher season 1 later this fall. Premiere dates for the new seasons of Daredevil, Jessica Jones, Luke Cage and Iron Fist have yet to be announced.