San Diego Comic-Con has been a good time for fans of Marvel's Netflix shows. Not only did the studio show off its first full-length trailer for Luke Cage at this year's 'Con, but it also gave us our first tease of The Defenders and our first look at Iron Fist in action.
All of the footage shown from the Marvel shows was well presented, but the Iron Fist teaser was arguably the best part of the night. It featured enough footage in less than a minute to get even those who don't really know the title character (played here by Game of Thrones' Finn Jones) up to speed, and to leave longtime Iron Fist/Danny Rand fans wanting more. Fortunately, Marvel's Chief Creative Officer Joe Quesada has hinted that we'll get more (a lot more) when season one arrives.
During the IGN live stream from San Diego Comic-Con, Quesada discussed Marvel's approach to its Netflix shows and where they were in the production slate. He acknowledged that Iron Fist was still further away than Luke Cage but that it was in production. Beyond the teaser and a one-line synopsis, however, Marvel isn't ready to show off anything else from the show. Quesada did offer up one little tidbit for fans, though:
"I would say that Iron Fist has probably more villains in our first season than any of our other shows."
Quesada also praised the work that showrunner Scott Buck and the show's writers are doing with Iron Fist. He said that they have "woven in some great legends from Marvel present and past," which bodes well for a show based on a character with a 42-year history. This suggests that longtime fans may get to see some of their favorite Iron Fist villains sooner rather than later, and that the show won't simply be based on the newer stories from Marvel's Marvel NOW! era.
It's long been assumed that Master Khan might be the primary antagonist in the show based on Khan's involvement in the comics with Ward Meachum (who in the comics was Joy Meachum's uncle, but in the show is her brother). There could also be an encounter with Khan's assassin, The Ninja, who played an important role in the Iron Fist/Meachum storyline in the comics. If the show is going to have more villains than Daredevil in its first season, though, we may also see notable Iron Fist villains such as the Steel Serpent (who has already been slyly referenced in the first season of Daredevil) and possibly even the Followers of Thanademos (because what martial arts series is complete without an evil cult). Who knows, they might even bring in the Wrecking Crew (who were Avengers/Thor villains, but have tangled with Iron Fist before as well) just to show off Danny Rand's martial arts abilities.
Unfortunately, we likely won't learn much more about the series until after Luke Cage airs at the end of September at the earliest. Production will be farther along by then, and Marvel and Netflix will be able to shift their marketing muscle from that show to Iron Fist. On the plus side, though, having both Iron Fist and Defenders to look forward to in 2017 makes the future look very bright indeed.
Daredevil season 1 & 2 and Jessica Jones season 1 are now available on Netflix. Luke Cage season 1 will arrive on September 30th, 2016. The Defenders and Iron Fist arrive in 2017. Release dates for Jessica Jones season 2, The Punisher and Daredevil season 3 have not yet been announced.