At long last, “Iron Fist” has arrived in the Big Apple. On Saturday evening at New York Comic Con, Finn Jones (Danny Rand/Iron Fist), Jessica Henwick (Colleen Wing), David Wenham (Harold Meachum), Tom Pelphrey (Ward Meachum), Jessica Stroup (Joy Meachum), Rosario Dawson (Claire Temple) and executive producer Scott Buck took the Main Stage in their first-ever live appearance for Netflix’s upcoming Marvel series.
In order to get the audience excited, Head of Marvel Television Jeph Loeb lead the audience in a chant of “‘Marvel’s Iron Fist’ on Netflix.”
“This is our way of saying thank you to you,” he said. “We don’t get to do what we do unless you do what you do. You’ve been incredibly loyal… This stuff doesn’t happen in a vacuum.” He then proceeded to thank the producers, writers, visual effects team and more.
“These guys finished shooting the last scene of ‘Iron Fist’ this morning. It’s a testament to the cast crew,” he added.
Erik LaRay Harvey, who played Willis “Diamondback” Stryker in “Luke Cage,” then walked onto the stage. “He agreed not to do any publicity beforehand,” Loeb said, adding that he did no publicity beforehand so as not to ruin the twist in “Luke Cage.” Loeb then cued a clip from “Luke Cage,” which introduced Diamonback in a loud and violent way.
“Trust me when I say we’ll be seeing a lot of her,” Loeb said as he introduced Henwick onto the stage.
“I was in Los Angeles and I was in Venice Beach and I’d just watched the sun set. I knew the phone call was coming. I went to the car and saw my phone ring and it was my agent and he said I got the job and I just flipped. I was ecstatic,” Jones said of landing the role.
“I was trained for about five hours a day,” he added.
“Strangely enough, I had known Tom [Pelphrey] from back in the day,” Stroup shared. “We screen tested, and it was this reuinion. I could make fun of him, but he’s this incredibly talented actor… We bonded rather quickly, and I’m proud to be his sister.”
“Stroup is honestly one of the coolest people I’ve ever met. Shows up prepared, made me better,” Pelphrey added. “Honestly, sometimes showed me what the scene was about.”
Loeb complimented Dawson’s work and revealed that she will “get to kick some ass” in “Iron Fist.”
“I mean, I have a good sensei,” she said, a winking reference to Henwick’s Colleen Wing.
Loeb also revealed a clip of “Iron Fist’s” own hallway sequence, where Danny Rand attempts to stop Joy from being kidnapped.
“There’s this image of Colleen that I love… and it’s a picture of her in a translucent raincoat with a katana strapped to her back… and I thought, ‘What a dope character!'” Henwick recalled. “I did want to do it justice… fighting and martial arts are so much more than a hobby for her; it’s a way of life. I took it very seriously.”
Subsequently, Loeb rolled a clip of Wing in a cage match against two burly men.
“What was rather intriguing was the fact that it was extremely mysterious,” Wenham shared. “Marvel is a very secretive organization. They really left us hanging. What that really did was give a great spontaneity to the characters… I took real life examples of captains of industry who are rather complex individuals and I tried to tie that into the performance as well.” Notably, Wenham referred to his character as “a villain.”
In another clip, Finn’s Danny Rand namedropped the Crane Mother, the Seven Heavenly Cities and called himself “the immortal Iron Fist.” As he tells Harold Meachum, who looms over his bedside, he is the only one with the power to defeat the Hand.
Loeb also debuted the first “Iron Fist” trailer.
Shortly after, Jon Bernthal — who appeared as the Punisher in “Daredevil” Season 2 — appeared on stage. “As of last Monday, we have started production on ‘The Punisher,'” Loeb revealed.
“I’m just so grateful that we get the opportunity to tell a new chapter [for ‘The Punisher’],” Bernthal said. “I give our word we’re going to do our very best.”
“You’ve got a friend that you get to work with,” Loeb said to Bernthal.
Bernthal then announced Deborah Ann Woll as a co-star on “The Punisher.” The “Daredevil” star arrived on the stage to thunderous applause and told the audience, “You don’t love him the way I do.”
Finn Jones ran back to the stage and asked to bring out some friends. Shortly thereafter, Charlie Cox (Daredevil), Krysten Ritter (Jessica Jones) and Mike Colter (Luke Cage) joined him in the first-ever live appearance of the Defenders together.
Jeph Loeb then introduced Sigourney Weaver as the main antagonist “The Defenders.” No other details, including the character’s name, were announced.
Starring Finn Jones as Danny Rand, “Iron Fist” arrives on Netflix on March 17, 2017. The series also stars “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” Jessica Henwick as Colleen Wing, Carrie-Anne Moss as Jeri Hogarth, David Wenham as Harold Meachum, Jessica Stroup as Joy Meachum, Tom Pelphrey as Ward Meachum and more.
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