The first season of Netflix's Iron Fist drew perhaps the most divisive reaction from a Marvel Studios project to date, with many critics and fans citing lack of character development, sluggishly-executed action sequences and less-than-stellar performances as major issues within its narrative. All of this in addition to the controversy behind the "white-washed" casting choice for leading character Danny Rand, and the show receiving a second season order at all came into serious question. The series has now indeed been picked up for a second frame, but it has been revealed that Iron Fist will be under the direction of a new showrunner when it returns.
Raven Metzner, whose credits include 2005's Elektra and Fox's Sleepy Hollow television series, will be stepping in to replace previous showrunner Scott Buck. "Raven’s love of all things Iron Fist and his extensive knowledge of martial arts films made him the perfect choice to continue telling the adventures of Danny Rand and Colleen Wing," stated Executive VP of Marvel Television Jeph Loeb, "Season One and The Defenders are only the beginning of this fantastic action packed tale."
One of the major factors that looks to have influenced the decision to bring back the series was that even through all of the controversies and critical shellacking, Netflix stated that Iron Fist garnered the second highest ratings out of any of the Marvel series' launch weeks when it premiered on the streaming service in March. Starring Finn Jones (Game of Thrones) as Danny Rand, who returns to New York City, after being presumed dead for 15 years, to reclaim his family’s company from Harold Meachum and his two children. Trained in the mystical city of K’un-Lun to be a living weapon, Danny calls upon the power of the Iron Fist to confront the Meachums and battle the evil ninja cult The Hand.
Loeb was coy about revealing too many details about the second season's plotline during The Defenders panel at Comic-Con International, but did drop the nugget that Misty Knight, played by Simone Missick on Luke Cage, will be present in the new narrative, meaning the Daughters of the Dragon might be coming to fruition with Knight fighting alongside Colleen Wing.
No premiere date has been announced for Iron Fist's second foray, but fans can see Danny in action alongside Daredevil, Jessica Jones and Luke Cage when The Defenders arrives August 18 on Netflix.