Marvel's Iron Fist proved polarizing among critics and fans, with its first season receiving far less-favorable reviews than the Netflix dramas that preceded it. Perhaps because of that few were surprised that the newly announced second season will bring with it a change in showrunners, with Sleepy Hollow's Raven Metzner succeeding Scott Buck. However, Jeph Loeb, Marvel's head of television, insists the decision isn't an attempt at a course correct.
"What happened, really very simply, was [Season 1 showrunner] Scott Buck was on Inhumans, and we were delighted to get another order from Netflix and knew that Scott was not going to be available to us," Loeb told Tracking Board. "We set out to find a new showrunner. Raven came in, told us a story and we thought, ‘That’s the next epic adventure for this character’ and got very excited about it."
Coming from a comic book background himself, Loeb compared that changing of the guard to when one writer passes the baton to another on an ongoing series.
"When you look at something like Daredevil, which is easily accessible, if you ask people what’s your favorite Daredevil story, they go, 'Well, I’m a Frank Miller fan,' or 'I’m a Brian Michael Bendis fan' or 'I’m an Ed Brubaker fan,'" Loeb explained. "Writers have come in and told their particular view of what that character could be. It was Frank who really looked at it and went, maybe he’s not a happy-go-lucky, plucky acrobat who’s running around, like a more mature version of Spider-Man. Maybe it’s a crime drama. And he changed the tone of that book. And then Bendis, he’s a crime writer, he took that and went to the next level. It’s not that we want the audience to get whiplash. It really does need to feel like this is the next chapter of what’s going to happen to Danny Rand and we’re really looking forward to it."
No premiere date has been announced for Iron Fist‘s second season, but Finn Jones will next be seen as Danny Rand on The Defenders, alongside Charlie Cox as Matt Murdock, Krysten Ritter as Jessica Jones, Mike Colter as Luke Cage, Elodie Yung as Elektra Natchios and Sigourney Weaver as Alexandra. The eight-episode miniseries arrives Aug. 18 on Netflix.