Riding high after a successful first season of "Daredevil," Marvel and Netflix are already filming "Jessica Jones" even as they begin work on "Luke Cage" and a second outing for Matt Murdock & Co. (which adds The Punisher to the mix). However, a new report suggests "Iron Fist" may be posing a bit of a problem.
According to Devin Faraci of Birth Movies Death (formerly Badass Digest), Marvel has yet to settle on a direction for the series, which centers on Danny Rand, a martial artist who (in the comics, at least) wields the Iron Fist, a mystical force that allows him to channel his chi into his fist.
The character's backstory includes the other-dimensional city of K'un-L'un, the dragon Shou-Lao the Undying and other mystical elements, which the website contends are part of the dilemma. Just how far in the direction of wuxia are they willing to go in a slate of series with "street-level" heroes?
Faraci notes that there were moments in "Daredevil's" first season that "opened the door for weirdness" in "Iron Fist. Perhaps by the time Danny Rand's solo series comes along -- following "Jessica Jones," "Luke Cage" and, presumably, the second season of "Daredevil" -- they'll have sown the necessary seeds to be able to seamlessly introduce the mystical elements. After all, with "Doctor Strange" on the horizon, the MCU is going to have to deal with the concept of magic sooner eventually.
No casting has been announced, and there's no showrunner in place, so there would seem to be plenty of time to iron out those details.