Warning: MAJOR SPOILERS ahead for Iron Fist season 2.
Iron Fist season 2 transformed the world of Danny Rand and Colleen Wing. It set up the major characters for some tremendous new character arcs, and even prepared the ground for a full-on collision between the new Iron Fist and Luke Cage, the "bulletproof black guy" who seems to be becoming a crime boss in Harlem.
Showrunner Raven Metzner took a smart approach. The show's end wrapped up most of the major plot threads quite neatly - and then, in a surprising twist, he took us several months into the future. There, we saw a tantalizing glimpse of the world as it will come to be, with a surprising glimpse of new Iron Fist powers and the name-dropping of an important character in Marvel Comics lore, which essentially served as a teaser for the apparently inevitable Iron Fist season 3.
Here, we'll take a deep-dive into the ending of Iron Fist season 2, and explore just what it sets up for the future of Marvel's popular Netflix shows.
- This Page: Danny Rand's Quest and the Secrets of the Iron Fist
- Page 2: Colleen Wing, the Immortal Iron Fist
- Page 3: Typhoid Mary's Third Personality Is Coming
Danny Rand's Quest Into Asia
The end of Iron Fist season 2 saw Danny Rand enter a new phase of his life. He had chosen to give up the Iron Fist, believing himself unworthy of it until he truly knew himself first. Amusingly enough, for Danny that desire to find himself meant heading off to Asia, on a quest to discover the history of the Iron Fist. As ever, Danny seemed blissfully unaware of the contradictions inherent in that.
Danny believes that the history of the Iron Fist conceals many secrets. During season 2, Davos successfully acquired the corpse of a previous Iron Fist from Asia, and Danny understandably wants to know just where that body came from. Even more curious, Davos used a mystical ceremony that claimed to be from the lost city of "Shambhala," a mythical kingdom in Tibetan mythology. It's an appropriate reference, given the legend of Shambhala was itself the inspiration for Marvel's K'un-Lun in the first place; but it's the first solid hint we've had that there are other "Lost Cities" out there in the MCU.
The "months later" scene revealed that, over the course of his quest, Danny will regain the power of the Iron Fist - and learn a few new tricks with it too, as in one scene where he charges its power into dual guns. He'll also come across a significant name...
The Iron Fist Mythology is Changing Shape
The "months later" scene sees Danny and Ward attempting to track down the man who shipped the Iron Fist corpse to Davos - and, at this point in their quest, they know his name is Orson Randall. In the comics, Randall was Danny's predecessor as the Iron Fist, who abandoned his duties and faked his own death. Randall is a fairly recent addition to the Iron Fist mythology, created by Ed Brubaker and David Aja back in 2013. It was Randall who told Danny about the existence of the Seven Capital Cities of Heaven, introducing the concept of the Immortal Weapons, the cities' sacred defenders. It's interesting to note that Randall's trademark use of the Iron Fist power was by channeling it into dual pistols he carried - the same trick Danny uses in the mysterious flash-forward.
Season 2 added another element into the Iron Fist lore, with Colleen talking about the legendary "Pirate Queen of Pinghai Bay." Although she believed that was a story her mother had made up, Danny recognized it as a reference to Wu Ao-Shi, the first woman to become an Iron Fist. Another of Brubaker's character, Wu Ao-Shi was a young girl whose fiery temper and determined self-defense impressed Lei Kung the Thunderer. She became the Iron Fist, but left K'un-Lun to be with the man she loved. Danny believed Colleen was an ancestor of Wu Ao-Shi, and that this explained just how she was able to embrace a different path by the end of the season. Danny explicitly states that he wants to help Colleen uncover her family history, so we should expect this to be a major theme in Iron Fist season 3.