[Warning: This post contains MAJOR SPOILERS for season 1 of Iron Fist]
Back in 2015, Marvel and Netflix debuted the first in a line of co-produced original series that take place within the Marvel Cinematic Universe but are squarely focused in New York City. Daredevil and Jessica Jones kicked things off in grand fashion, leading the former to get a second season last year as Luke Cage got its first. Today Netflix and Marvel launched their fourth original series as the complete first season of Iron Fist is now available to stream. As has become typical with these series, the plots are largely shrouded in secrecy, which can lead to a few surprises during the back half of a season.
The show's two main stars Finn Jones (Danny Rand/Iron Fist) and Jessica Henwick (Colleen Wing) teased the addition of two surprise cast members just days ago, and with some already binging their way through the entire season, those surprises have been revealed to be Ramon Rodriguez as Batoku and Sacha Dhawan as Davos. The latter ended up taking on a larger role in the final episodes, but did not get a full arc. Well, according to Dhawan, this is being saved for a hopeful second season.
Now that the series is out, Dhawan is finally able to talk about his involvement as Davos and the secrecy surrounding his role. While traditionally a villain in the comics, Davos is much more of a friend to Danny for most of season 1. However, should a second season be green lit, Dhawan has confirmed in an interview with Radio Times that Davos will start his path for vengeance.
I’m not in the Defenders, no. The crux of Danny and Davos’ story I think really begins towards the end of season 1, and I think they didn’t want to start it straight away into the Defenders, and wanted to save it for series 2.
In the closing moments of season 1, Davos is shown speaking to Joy Meachum (Jessica Stroup) about the threat that Danny will continue to pose - pointing out how he is the reason for her family's recent troubles. While Joy initially pushes back on this idea, once Davos proposes that he kill Danny for her, she simply says, "I'm listening."
This move may feel a bit rushed for viewers as Joy and Davos had little interaction in the series, but in the comics, Davos constantly aligns himself with the Meachums in his effort to kill Danny and take up the mantle of Iron Fist himself. With Davos' emotional outbursts at Danny providing moments of conflict in season 1, this will surely be an area they'll explore - if they get the chance, that is.
The future of Davos and the series will remain in the balance for the next few weeks. Netflix does not typically renew shows until at least a few weeks after launch, and this could be a very interesting renewal process to watch unfold. Early critical responses to Iron Fist were not kind, but there has already been pushback amongst fans who have now been able to see the show for themselves. Every Marvel series has seen a renewal at this point, so Iron Fist not getting one would be surprising. However, depending on the reaction to this season and The Defenders, the streaming service could look at making this more of a team up series and do Heroes for Hire or something else instead. No matter how it unfolds, if more stories are told with Danny at the forefront, Dhawan should get his chance to bring Davos back as well.
The Defenders will arrive sometime in the summer, with The Punisher coming later this year, Daredevil seasons 1 and 2, Jessica Jones season 1, Luke Cage season 1, and Iron Fist season 1 are now available on Netflix. Premiere dates for the newest seasons of Jessica Jones, Daredevil, and Luke Cage have not yet been revealed.
Source: Radio Times