EXCLUSIVE: Marvel's First Iron Fist's Origin Revealed in Avengers #13

WARNING: The following article contains major spoilers for Avengers #13, by Jason Aaron and Andrea Sorrentino, on sale January 23.

A million years ago, the first team of Avengers formed, its members including Thosr's father Odin, Phoenix, Black Panther, Agamotto, Ghost Rider and the very original bearer of the Iron Fist.

As Jason Aaron's Avengers saga unfolds, he's been taking time to explore the origins of the pre-historic team in special one-shot issues. The first told the tale of the original Ghost Rider, and now Aaron is joined by artist Andrea Sorrentino to reveal how the original Iron Fist came to be.

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In the span of five pages, we meet Fan Fei, a citizen of K'un L'un, the city where Danny Rand would eventually become the modern era's Iron Fist. Fan Fei is a criminal, having taught the cavemen who live outside of her city's borders the art of Kung Fu, and has thus been sentenced to death at the jaws of the legendary dragon Shou-Lao, a fate shared by the very people whom she had taught to fight.

Desperate to escape, Fan Fei breaks free from her captors, only to throw herself into the dragons fiery pit where she delivers a strike to Shou-Lau, a final blow intended to offer some level of vengeance for her students. Of course, she doesn't die; instead, her fists begin to burn in the final page of the preview. While we have to wait a week to confirm, she's presumably been imbued with the power of the Iron Fist, an ability that she will eventually pass down to her successor, starting a line of warriors that will extend a million years and more.

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Check out the Iron Fist's origin story below, in CBR's exclusive preview for Aaron and Sorrentino's Avengers #13. The full story will be revealed when the issue arrives in stores Wednesday, January 23.


  • Written by Jason Aaron
  • Art by Andrea Sorrentino
  • Cover by Steve Epting
  • FEATURING THE IRON FIST OF 1,000,000 BC! ANDREA SORRENTINO JOINS SERIES WRITER JASON AARON another flashback tale of the Prehistoric Earth’s Mightiest Heroes. Meet the primordial woman who was the first to harness the power of the heart of the dragon Shou-Lao, becoming the very first Iron Fist.

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