WARNING: The following article contains spoilers for Marvel’s Iron Fist Season 2, streaming now on Netflix.
Few could have anticipated the twists of Marvel’s Iron Fist Season 2, in which not one but two other other characters assume the mantle that once belonged to Danny Rand, and new details are introduced regarding the legacy of the champion of K’un-Lun.
But the 10-episode season doesn’t raise questions about only Danny Rand (Finn Jones), but also about Colleen Wing (Jessica Henwick), and the mysterious former special ops soldier Mary Walker (Alice Eve). However, few answers are provided, which leaves viewers asking even more questions.
What Happened to K’un-Lun?
Danny sought to return to K’un-Lun at the end of Season 1, but when he and Colleen arrived at the gates, they were closed and the mystical city gone, with only the bodies of Hand assassins remaining. The two were still searching for clues as The Defenders opened, which may have led viewers to believe they might resume the search in the second season of Iron Fist. However, the whereabouts of K’un-Lun didn’t appear to be on anyone’s mind.
We’re left instead to wonder what happened. Is the gateway somewhere else on Earth? Did the Hand manage to invade? Is the city sill intact? Perhaps a theoretical third season, set up to explore the history and legacy of the Iron Fist, will lead Danny and Colleen to the site of K’un-Lun.
Is Orson Randall a Villain?
In Marvel Comics’ The Immortal Iron Fist, the gun-slinging Iron Fist known as Orson Randall fled K’un-Lun after refusing to fight in a tournament and, in an ensuing scuffle, killing his would-be opponent. He became a globe-trotting adventurer in the early 20th century, before descending into an opium-induced haze. He eventually became a mentor to Danny, and gave The History of the Iron Fists, which he stole from the mystical city.
In the Season 2 finale, Orson is revealed to be a black market dealer who supplied Davos with the corpse of an Iron Fist. He’s also the owner of the twin pistols that Danny draws in the closing scene. So, is Orson Randall a potential Season 3 villain, an unscrupulous businessman, or a former Iron Fist who, like Danny, abandoned K’un-Lun? That’s not to say he can’t be all three.
Who Is Mary’s Third Personality?
Davos and Joy Meachum (Jessica Stroup) hire ex-special ops soldier Mary Walker (Alice Eve) to debilitate and abduct Danny so his power can be stripped away in an ancient ritual. Diagnosed with dissociative personality disorder, she displays two distinct personalities: the meek “Mary” and the assertive, formidable “Walker.” Through flashbacks, we learn her mental illness emerged as the result of a 22-month imprisonment in Sokovia, where she was routinely tortured.
However, she wasn’t freed from her prison cell by U.S. troops; when they arrived, they found Walker dazed and surrounded by the bodies of her former captors, in a scene characterized as “a bloody mess.” That wasn’t the handiwork of “Walker,” though, but rather a third personality, which may be akin to the “Bloody Mary” personality displayed in the comics.
How Did Danny Regain His Power?
The final scene shows Danny using the “gun-fu” technique Orson employed in the comics, opening fire with dual pistols that glimmer in his glowing fists to stop a bullet intended for him.
The pistols were stolen from a warehouse in Jakarta owned by Orson Randall, but we have to wonder whether they’re imbued with power, or if in the months since leaving New York City, Danny has discovered another way to harness the “Heart of the Dragon.” If it’s the latter, then it’s a process vastly different from the transference ritual, that presumably would have resulted in Colleen losing her power.
Available now on Netflix, Marvel’s Iron Fist Season 2 stars Finn Jones as Danny Rand, Jessica Henwick as Colleen Wing, Sacha Dhawan as Davos, Tom Pelphrey as Ward Meachum, Jessica Stroup as Joy Meachum, Simone Missick as Misty Knight and Alice Eve as Mary Walker.
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