A new trailer for season 2 of Marvel’s Iron Fist comes as close as the series ever has to putting Danny Rand in his classic comic costume. The first season of the Netflix series didn’t go over too well with critics, but one of the few bright spots in those 13 hours was a glimpse at a former bearer of the Iron Fist, decked out in all his comic book costume glory. The look was delivered as archival footage from decades prior, but it presented a possible avenue for the series to travel down, should it want to put Finn Jones in something other than earthy green jackets and hoodies for the run of the show.
The new trailer takes a similar route, as it pulls some archival footage from Danny’s brain, showing him and Davos (Sacha Dhawan) locked in a bloody battle in K’un-Lun. The framework for the trailer shows Danny spacing out while walking the streets of New York with Colleen Wing (Jessica Henwick). She tells him his bad memory is in the past, to which he replies, “I hope so.” Despite the massive haymakers exchanged by Danny and Davos, the dialogue is still weirdly stilted, which hopefully doesn’t make this trailer an inadvertent meta-commentary on season 1.
But the real star of the show is the fleeting look at Danny (and Davos) wearing yellow handkerchiefs on their heads with smoky eyeholes cut out. It’s as close as the Marvel/Netflix lineup has come to delivering the character’s classic look from the comics, and it points to a possible aesthetic evolution that may track from Iron Fist season 1 to The Defenders to the character’s brief but memorable appearance in Luke Cage season 2.
And from what the character said in the release date announcement trailer released at SDCC this year, it sounds as though Danny’s stepping up his vigilante game. That might mean now is the right time to don a costume, an idea further backed up by one of the images recently released by Netflix that appears to show Danny taking steps to conceal his identity using his civilian garb.
The new trailer doesn’t reveal too much about the larger story in Iron Fist season 2, but it does hint at some of the themes that may be explored in the new episodes. With Davos adopting the guise of the Steel Serpent and Danny presumably filling the void left in Daredevil’s absence, Marvel and Netflix have set the stage for their martial arts series to feature more martial arts. Hopefully a lot more. So far, that seems to be the case, but viewers will have to wait a few more weeks to find out.
Iron Fist season 2 premieres Friday, September 7 on Netflix.