Marvel’s Iron Fist recently finished production, meaning that the final piece of the puzzle that is The Defenders is now being assembled ahead of its debut on Netflix next year. During the show’s New York Comic-Con panel, cast members (and Game of Thrones veterans) Finn Jones and Jessica Henwick, who are playing Danny Rand and Colleen Wing on the series, were among those on-hand to present the first proper trailer for the show. You can watch the preview online now, too (see above)!
Here is the official synopsis for Marvel’s Iron Fist:
Returning to New York City after being missing for years, Daniel Rand fights against the criminal element corrupting New York City with his incredible kung-fu mastery and ability to summon the awesome power of the fiery Iron Fist.
Joining Jones and Henwick at the Iron Fist NYCC panel were their costars Jessica Stroup, Tom Pelphrey and David Wenham – who are playing the members of the villainous Meachum family (Joy, Ward and Harold, respectively) – as well as Rosario Dawson (once again playing Claire Temple) and showrunner/primary executive producer Scott Buck (Dexter). Jones later joined his fellow Defenders actors Charlie Cox (Matt Murdock/Daredevil), Krysten Ritter (Jessica Jones) and Mike Colter (Luke Cage) onstage alongside the newly-revealed actor who is portraying the big baddie that New York’s street-level Marvel Cinematic Universe superheroes are going to face-off with: Sigourney Weaver.
The Iron Fist trailer quickly hits a number of the key narrative beats from the eponymous superhero’s origin story (which, naturally, is serving as the focus for the show’s first season); including, Danny being orphaned at a young age, gaining the power of the Iron Fist, and returning to New York as a grown man only to encounter enemies both familiar and new. We also get brief glimpses here at some familiar Marvel/Netflix players – Madame Gao (Wai Ching Ho) from Daredevil season 1, to be precise – as well as Danny harnessing his supernatural powers and taking on various ninjas in the type of hallway-set fistfight (between a single Defender and multiple opponents) that by this point is practically a signature element of the Marvel/Netflix TV series.
Between this trailer and certain tidbits revealed during the Iron Fist NYCC panel – namely, that Claire is going to be fighting and studying under Colleen’s instructions in season 1 of the series – it’s fair to say: the Iron Fist hype train has officially left the platform and is picking up speed. This comes on the heels of the latest addition to the Defenders build-up, in Luke Cage season 1, having earned more than its fair share of accolades. Marvel is keeping that momentum going on the production side of things too, what with The Punisher TV series now filming and The Defenders slated to go into production within a matter of 3-4 weeks from the time of writing this.
Indeed, although 2016 was a significant year for the Marvel/Netflix corner of the MCU, 2017 is shaping up to be an even bigger one. What with the MCU’s first supernatural martial arts saga (Iron Fist), a grisly vigilante crime drama (The Punisher) and a fresh superhero team-up event (The Defenders) arriving during that frame, the fun will only be getting started when Danny Rand makes his MCU debut next March.
Daredevil season 1 & 2, Jessica Jones season 1, and Luke Cage season 1 are now available on Netflix. Iron Fist season 1 arrives on March 17th, 2017. The Defenders and The Punisher arrive in 2017. Release dates for Jessica Jones season 2 and Daredevil season 3 have not yet been announced.
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