Okay, season one of Iron Fist pretty much everyone hated it. At least that was the impression I got from reading reviews online and talking with friends and casual viewers. Only a few here at Cloud, myself included, have said they even liked season one.
We must have been enough though because Netflix is dropping season two this September. I’m not one to pat myself on the back but pat pat. Trust me you’ll thank me later.
But in reality it’s most likely because Marvel is notorious for believing in their characters, well received or not, and pulling from rich source material to adapt them into entertaining movies and shows. And in just the first few trailers released by Netflix you can definitely tell.
Raven Metzner is now serving as showrunner replacing Scott Buck. Marvel Television head and series executive producer Jeph Loeb explained that Buck would be unavailable for the next season of Iron Fist due to his work on another Marvel series, Inhumans. If you were unfortunate enough to eventually watch Inhumans you know das good. Das real good.
Metzner apparently pitched a story for the season that excited Marvel. Loeb compared the change to a new writer taking over on a comic. Metzner has previously worked on the likes of Sleepy Hollow, Falling Skies, Heroes Reborn and Elektra. We’ll just ignore that last one.
MORE IRON in the FIST
The season begins after the events of The Defenders, and we find Danny fulfill his promise to protect New York following the death of Matt Murdock (Daredevil) at the end of that miniseries. Metzner also wanted to explore more of the mythology of K’un-Lun than what was shown in the first season by spending more time there. And I’m here for that.
Clayton Barber took over as the fight coordinator for this season, having also served in that role on Black Panther. Another marked improvement after the fight choreography of the first season was widely criticized. Barber was said to be inspired by “old school kung fu” such as the works of Jackie Chan, and wanted to make the fights of the series feel like “a punk rock song”. Word is Barber impressed so much he was asked to work on Jessica Jones season three. If the announcement trailer is any indication will be getting kung fu action the mighty Marvel way!
FROM THE COMICS
Each episode in the second season is named after an issue title of different Iron Fist comics Danny Rand has appeared in.
1. ‘The Fury of Iron Fist’
2. ‘The City’s Not for Burning’
3. ‘This Deadly Secret’
4. ‘Target: Iron Fist’
5. ‘Heart of the Dragon’
6. ‘The Dragon Dies at Dawn’
7. ‘Morning of the Mindstorm’
8. ‘Citadel on the Edge of Vengeance’
9. ‘War Without End’
10. ‘A Duel of Iron’
Looks like we’ll also get the Daughters of the Dragon team up that was teased briefly in Luke Cage season two with Colleen and Misty.
Typhoid Mary, a mutant in the comics, will be an assassin hired to kill Danny. For sure we know she’ll have her split personalities and be very very violent. How much of her powers (telekinesis and pyrokinesis) will make it into the show? Only time will tell, but she is known to be a formidable fighter. Which I think will lead into her eventually being the foil for the Daughters.
Danny will probably be busying himself with his ex-friend from season one and potential Iron Fist Davos the steel serpent. A rivalry ripped right from the pages. I also get the feeling the tail end of the season will focus in on the Danny and Davos relationship.
This could set things up to introduce the tournament between the different immortal weapons of the different magical cities like K’un-Lun for season three. I would expect a little teaser possible mentioning or showing that they’re more weapons out there like Danny.
WHERE’S MY SUPER SUIT
Hopefully Iron Fist gets to finally dawn his super suit. In the ‘Memories’ trailer we get a look at the signature yellow mask.
Fingers crossed we might just get the full suit reveal by the series end.
It’ll be shorter now making binge watching a breeze. The second season of Iron Fist will consist of ten 50-60 min episodes, which is a drop down from the standard thirteen episodes format. After much bellyaching from fans that the Marvel Netflix series are a bit too long and unevenly paced they cut the count to ten.
Ten or thirteen don’t matter to me because I think from the looks of it Marvel has done it again. Don’t just take my word for it. Check it out.
After binge watching Iron Fist when it’s released this September I’ll give you guys a spoiler free reaction and review. Watch for the video on the SpaceCityCloud YouTube, ‘No sleep binge reviews’ (that new new) coming your way soon.
If you’re a fan of the Iron Fist series do you think the changes will make the show better?
Not a fan. What’s wrong with you?
Jk, but what don’t you like about Iron Fist tho? Will you be checking it out or nah?
DM me in the comments and your comment just may make it into the video.
Netflix’s ‘Iron Fist’ starring Finn Jones, Jessica Henwick, Tom Pelphrey, Jessica Stroup, Sacha Dhawan, Alice Eve as Typhoid Mary, and Simone Missick available September 7th.
(via Wiki, DigitalSpy, image: Netflix, Marvel, Nerdist)