The first full-length trailer for Netflix and Marvel Television’s “Iron Fist” has finally arrived, bringing us all one step closer to the ensemble miniseries “The Defenders.” But before we look ahead to the anticipated superhero team show, it’s time to get to know Danny Rand, the martial arts expert known as Iron Fist.
From Rand’s return to his home of New York City to a display of his Iron Fist abilities, there’s a lot to discuss and digest from the trailer. And while pretty much every scene in the two-plus minute teaser is worth viewing multiple times, we’re going to highlight those that bear a little more attention as Netflix continues to build up its ever-expanding corner of the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
Danny Rand Is A Badass
The trailer opens on a barefooted Danny Rand walking down the street and entering a high-rise building bearing the Rand Enterprises logo. A look of surprise comes across the receptionist’s face as Danny introduces himself as the heir to the company, due either to his claimed identity, the fact that he looks like a homeless man or possibly a combination of both. Either way, the discussion doesn’t last long as a group of security guards intervene to remove the unwanted guest, a confrontation that offers our first glimpse into just how well trained young Mr. Rand is.
Iron Fist’s Origin
Star Finn Jones narrates over the events that lead Danny to be the man he is today. “I left here, 10 years old, in a jet with my parents. I became the lone survivor,” Jones’ Danny Rand intones as a flashback shows a family portrait, then the plane crash that killed his parents and left the youg child stranded in a wintry environment. We soon learn this is the mystical city of K’un-L’un, where Danny was raised and trained as the Iron Fist.
K’un-L’un And Iron Fist Costume Homage
A wide shot of a mountaintop creeping through a bundle of clouds reflecting the sun is our first clear look at K’un-L’un. A quick collection of scenes show yellow-and-green dressed monks standing over Rand, striking him with a wooden stick, and finally Rand wearing the same clothing in the snow.
This shot may not seem that important to those unfamiliar with the character, but for longtime fans, this is a really fun Easter egg. The clothing Danny is wearing is very similar to the Iron Fist costume from the comics, an apparent homage very similar to one we saw in “Luke Cage” where Cage was briefly seen wearing his yellow shirt and silver “tiara.”
Meet Colleen Wing, Cage Fighter
The person that earlier asked Rand where he trained is Colleen Wing, a frequent partner of Iron Fist in the comics. Played by Jessica Henwick, Wing proves she’s a major player in her own right. There is even a hint of a romance shown between the two, but before fans can even start to worry that she will be reduced to a partially-developed love interest, the trailer clearly shows Wing working side-by-side with Rand as they start to investigate the bad guys and criminals that have infiltrated Rand Enterprises and New York City. This is a partnership, as evidenced by Colleen’s quietly emphatic “You need me” when Danny attempts to leave her behind as he strikes out on his mission.
Danny & Colleen’s Fight Scenes Feature the “Mandatory” Hallway Battle
Throughout the trailer, we see Danny and Colleen work and fight, both alone and together as a team. We see Wing in a steel cage match against multiple opponents, the duo charging down a street, and Danny fighting villains armed with automatic weapons and swords. In what’s become a pattern in Marvel’s Netflix shows, there is even the beginnings of an obligatory hallway action scene where we will undoubtedly see Danny navigate the cramped space while unleashing his special abilities.
“Daredevil’s” Madame Gao and The Hand Loom Large
One character whose presence is felt throughout the entire trailer is Madame Gao, who made her Netflix debut in Season 1 of “Daredevil.” A heroine dealer in Hell’s Kitchen, Gao is a top-tier crime lord and puppet master, directing her pawns as she sees fit. She also has a connection to the ninja organization known as the Hand, who we could see play a role in “Iron Fist” as it weaves its tentacles throughout the Marvel Netflix universe. With Madame Gao’s appearance acting as a direct through line from “Daredevil,” could the Man Without Fear make an appearance at some point during the series?
Steel Serpent Symbol
“I’ve been training my whole life for this,” Danny’s voiceover explains as we see him open a small black container. Inside is a folded, white piece of paper, possibly a packet of heroin, emblazoned with a red symbol that is eerily similar to that of the Iron Fist dragon tattooed on Danny’s chest, minus the wings. Along with the symbol is a note that reads, “This is the answer for which you seek.” Steel Serpent is one of Iron Fist’s most personal enemies in the comics, thus his symbol here teases a potential villain to appear in “Iron Fist” or beyond.
“The Final Defender Arrives”
In the middle of some intense action sequences we see title cards pop up relaying the fact that “The Final Defender Arrives.” This is a clear nod to “The Defenders” team-up that joins Daredevil, Jessica Jones, Luke Cage and Iron Fist, with appearances by Colleen Wing and Claire Temple. The title might as well say “Final Defenders,” however, since it appears that Colleen Wing, who we know is a part of the team show’s cast, will be built up nearly as much as Iron Fist ahead of “The Defenders'” arrival on Netflix.
Claire Temple Is The Center Of The Entire Netflix Universe
Helpful Hell’s Kitchen nurse Claire Temple continues to play a crucial role in connecting all the Marvel Netflix series. She has appeared in both seasons of “Daredevil,” “Jessica Jones,” “Luke Cage,” and makes her presence known in “Iron Fist” before joining the cast of “The Defenders.” Much like Nick Fury in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, Claire Temple acts as the center the entire Netflix universe is revolving around, a role she’s poised fill once again in “Iron Fist.”
Colleen Wing vs… Madame Gao?
While Madame Gao has managed to leave the physical encounters with NYC’s protectors to her underlings thus far, one scene appears to match her one-on-one against Colleen Wing. Around the 1:45 mark, we see a pair of women that appear to be Gao and Colleen charge at one another wearing black ninja robes, swords slicing and dicing at each other. If this is indeed Gao, it proves she’s one woman who is not to be messed with, regardless of her age.
Like Unto a Thing of Iron…
Throughout the trailer, we see quick shots of Danny channeling the bright yellow power of the Iron Fist in his proverbial fist. From knocking massive holes in brick walls to battling machine gun-armed bad guys with his bare hands, Danny channels his chi to battle evil. It’s not until the trailer’s final moments, however, that we see the full power of the Iron Fist on display when Danny manages to blow up an entire office with a single punch.
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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