As part of Marvel Television’s New York Comic Con panel for the series, a new “Iron Fist” teaser trailer was unveiled, giving us our first proper footage from the upcoming Netflix show. Viewers got a taste of Danny Rand, A.K.A. Iron Fist, as he punched his way through the teaser, which also boasted first looks at several members of the supporting cast, and offered up a bit of the show’s unique aesthetic.
There was a lot to take in from the footage, so to break down what’s most important, CBR has listed five takeaways. From the New York City setting to the familiar faces and more, we’ve got all the highlights, just in time for you to re-watch it again.
Take a look at our list below, and if there’s anything else worth noting (that we didn’t already mention), sound off in CBR’s TV/Film forum with your thoughts!
New York City, We Meet Again
Keeping with Marvel’s last three Netflix series, “Iron Fist” is set in New York City, just as “Daredevil,” “Jessica Jones” and “Luke Cage” were before it. This allows for some nice world-building and possible cameos from fellow Marvel Comics superheroes and supporting characters. It also help maintain a certain aesthetic for the Netflix shows. While “SHIELD” is also set in New York, the 4K, gritty take on the Big Apple has certainly been a consistent — and very successful — vibe for Marvel’s more mature live-action properties, making them instantly recognizable and believable as living in a shared world.
And speaking of cameos, you’ll notice the appearance of “Jessica Jones'” Carrie-Anne Moss as Jeri Hogarth in the trailer, in addition to Rosario Dawson’s Claire Temple/Night Nurse who seems to be the connecting tissue between the Netflix shows, making us believe she’ll have a major role in uniting the characters on-screen for the upcoming “Defenders” series.
He’s Got the Magic Touch
Move over, Doctor Strange, there’s a new mystical Marvel character in the Cinematic Universe. With “Iron Fist,” Marvel’s really committing to the supernatural slant of some of their properties going forward. We get a taste of this, and Danny’s powers in the trailer, so we know magic will play a pretty big role in throughout this particular series. How that interacts with the more grounded worlds of “Daredevil,” “Jessica Jones” and “Luke Cage,” however, should be very interesting.
And — while we want to know how the street-level characters take the introduction of magic into their lives — what has us more curious is the connection between Iron Fist and Strange. Is it possible that the two supernatural-slanted characters team-up down the road, or at least have some connected source to their abilities? It would only make sense, and we wouldn’t put it past Marvel to have some easter eggs/connected tissue in there. Regardless, we’ll have to wait until the “Doctor Strange” movie comes out to see if there’s any plausible connection between the two…
He’s Got a Wing-Woman
Luke Cage isn’t the only hero with a badass female partner — it looks like Iron Fist will be guided by badass in her own right, Colleen Wing, over the course of the first season. The advanced martial artist is known as a frequent Hero for Hire in the comics, alongside Cage, Iron Fist and Misty Knight, among others, so we can’t help but picture a version of that team playing out on the small screen, separate from Defenders.
If Marvel’s looking for another crossover after “The Defenders,” a “Heroes for Hire” show seems like a great choice, and definitely natural. If the Colleen Wing-Danny Rand team-up dynamic plays out half as well as Cage and Misty Knight’s in “Luke Cage,” we’d be pretty damn impressed. Well, maybe not half, but that was just so good.
There’s a New Billionaire In Town
Ah yes, we have another billionaire turned superhero on our hands. But it’s a good formula, so why should we complain? It seems Marvel is keeping with Danny Rand’s comic book origins as the wealthy heir of his family’s company, which allows for plenty of possibilities for the series to go. At one point in the comic, he even used his company’s wealth to fund the New Avengers when they were considered outlaws. What exactly he’ll do with his money in the series is still a mystery…but we expect some business power to be exercised in cool ways.
And just as “Iron Man” had Obadiah Stane to cause trouble for him at Stark Industries, it seems Danny’s parents’ former business partner, Harold Meachum (played by David Wenham), could be a big problem for him as he returns from K’un-L’un after 15 years. As for the role of Joy and Ward Meachum, Harold’s children (played by Jessica Stroup and Tom Pelphrey, respectively), it remains to be seen where their allegiances lie.
Kung Fu Comes to the MCU
The Marvel Cinematic Universe has had a lot of varied styles of action going on and several distinct takes on the superhero genre from film to film, but one area they’ve yet to really tackle is Kung Fu. With “Iron Fist,” it looks like that definitely won’t be the case any longer, as Marvel’s diving hand (or fist) first into gritty Kung Fu action.
The incorporation of the fighting style is a lot of fun to see in live-action, and definitely plays well for a Marvel Netflix show, but it also opens the door for other Marvel Kung Fu characters to show up, like Shang-Chi, who made their mark in the ’70s under writers like Doug Moench, Jim Starlin and Steve Englehart. It was a wonderful era of comics, and one we can’t wait to see get its dues, finally, in live-action. We already saw how cool it was to homage the ’70s with “Luke Cage,” so it’ll be great to see how that’ll be uniquely explored in “Iron Fist” through Kung Fu.
Starring Finn Jones as Danny Rand, “Iron Fist” arrives on Netflix in 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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