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Iron Fist (TV series)

Iron Fist
Genre
Created by Scott Buck
Based on
Starring
Composer(s) Trevor Morris
Country of origin United States
Original language(s) English
No. of seasons 1
No. of episodes 13 (Stan Lee
  • Joe Quesada
  • Dan Buckley
  • Jim Chory
  • Jeph Loeb
  • Scott Buck (season 1)
  • Raven Metzner
  • Producer(s) Evan Perazzo
    Location(s) New York City
    Cinematography
    • Manuel Billeter
    • Christopher LaVasseur
    Editor(s)
    • Michael N. Knue
    • Miklos Wright
    • Jonathan Chibnall
    Running time 50–61 minutes
    Production company(s)
    Distributor Netflix
    Release
    Original network Netflix
    Picture format
    Original release March 17, 2017 (2017-03-17) – present (present)
    Chronology
    Preceded by Marvel's Luke Cage
    Followed by Marvel's The Defenders
    Related shows Marvel Cinematic Universe television series

    Marvel's Iron Fist, or simply Iron Fist, is an American web television series created for Netflix by Scott Buck, based on the Marvel Comics character of the same name. It is set in the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU), sharing continuity with the films of the franchise and is the fourth in a series of shows that will lead up to The Defenders crossover miniseries. The series is produced by Marvel Television in association with ABC Studios, with Devilina Productions and showrunner Buck for the first season. Raven Metzner took over as showrunner for the second season.

    Finn Jones stars as Danny Rand / Iron Fist, a martial arts expert with the ability to call upon the power of the Iron Fist. Jessica Henwick also stars, with Tom Pelphrey, Jessica Stroup, Ramón Rodríguez, Sacha Dhawan, Rosario Dawson and David Wenham joining them for the first season. After a film based on the character spent over a decade in development at Marvel Studios, development for the series began in late 2013 at Marvel Television, with Buck hired as the series showrunner in December 2015 and Jones cast as Rand in February 2016. Filming for the series takes place in New York City.

    All episodes of the first season premiered on March 17, 2017. They received generally negative reviews from critics. Despite this, a second season was ordered in July 2017.

    Premise

    After being presumed dead for 15 years, Danny Rand returns to New York City to reclaim his family company from Harold Meachum and his children Ward Meachum and Joy Meachum. When a threat emerges, Rand must choose between his family's legacy and his duties as the Iron Fist.

    Cast and characters

    • Finn Jones as Danny Rand / Iron Fist:
      A billionaire Buddhist monk and martial artist proficient in kung-fu, with the ability to call upon the mystical power of the Iron Fist. Jones described the character as "someone struggling to find his identity", and identified with the character's loneliness being an orphan like Rand. He noted that "Danny gets really stressed and really pissed off sometimes, and I understand that ... [his] optimism and where that comes from." In preparation for the role, Jones studied kung fu, wushu, and tai chi, along with weight training, Buddhist philosophy, and meditation. Toby Nichols portrays a young Danny Rand.
    • Jessica Henwick as Colleen Wing:
      A martial artist ally of Rand who runs her own martial arts dojo called Chikara Dojo in New York City. Henwick felt the most defining word for Wing was "alone", saying, "She doesn't want to be anyone's love interest and open herself up in that way." Henwick also tried "to pull out that sort of very dry humor that [Wing] has, and that no bullshit New Yorker demeanor" from the comics version in her portrayal.
    • Tom Pelphrey as Ward Meachum:
      The son of Harold and childhood acquaintance of Rand, whose work building up Rand Enterprises with his sister Joy is threatened to be undone with Rand's return. Ward is a character from the comics, though Pelphrey noted "we're not necessarily beholden to representing him [in the series] exactly as he appears in the comic book." Stroup said that Ward would experience some "male angst" on Rand's return, because "Ward would have been the one who picked on [Rand] when he was little so as pure and innocent and great as Iron Fist is, he comes in and he causes some problems" there. Ilan Eskenazi portrays a teenage Ward Meachum.
    • Jessica Stroup as Joy Meachum:
      The daughter of Harold and childhood acquaintance of Rand, whose work building up Rand Enterprises with her brother Ward is threatened to be undone with Rand's return. Stroup said that Joy "absolutely loves" Rand, and his return to New York is "like this rebirth of what she once was, and she gets to ask these questions about herself because he's posing them to her." Stroup said that Joy would initially be unsure whether Rand is who he says he is. Aimee Laurence portrays a young Joy Meachum.
    • Ramón Rodríguez as Bakuto: A leader of a faction of The Hand and Colleen Wing's sensei.
    • Sacha Dhawan as Davos:
      A skilled martial artist who is the son of Lei Kung and Rand's former best friend in K'un-Lun, who grew envious when Rand became the Iron Fist. Although Dhawan first appeared in the ninth episode of the first season, Dhawan noted that the majority of Davos' storyline was intended to be explored in a potential second season.
    • Rosario Dawson as Claire Temple: A former nurse from Hell's Kitchen who joins Wing's dojo. Dawson reprises her role from previous Marvel Netflix series.
    • David Wenham as Harold Meachum:
      A ruthless corporate leader and co-founder of Rand Enterprises who was partners with Rand's parents at the time of their deaths. Regarding Harold's relationship with his children, Joy and Ward, Wenham said the dynamic between the three of them "is complex, to say the least. It's multilayered, it’s multidimensional, it's surprising and it’s forever changing, depending on the circumstances."

    Episodes

    Season 1 (2017)

    Main article: Iron Fist (season 1)
    No.TitleDirected byWritten byOriginal release date
    1"Snow Gives Way"John DahlScott BuckMarch 17, 2017 (2017-03-17)
    2"Shadow Hawk Takes Flight"John DahlScott BuckMarch 17, 2017 (2017-03-17)
    3"Rolling Thunder Cannon Punch"Tom ShanklandQuinton PeeplesMarch 17, 2017 (2017-03-17)
    4"Eight Diagram Dragon Palm"Miguel SapochnikScott ReynoldsMarch 17, 2017 (2017-03-17)
    5"Under Leaf Pluck Lotus"Uta BriesewitzCristine ChambersMarch 17, 2017 (2017-03-17)
    6"Immortal Emerges from Cave"RZADwain WorrellMarch 17, 2017 (2017-03-17)
    7"Felling Tree with Roots"Farren BlackburnIan StokesMarch 17, 2017 (2017-03-17)
    8"The Blessing of Many Fractures"Kevin TancharoenTamara Becher-WilkinsonMarch 17, 2017 (2017-03-17)
    9"The Mistress of All Agonies"Jet WilkinsonPat CharlesMarch 17, 2017 (2017-03-17)
    10"Black Tiger Steals Heart"Peter HoarQuinton PeeplesMarch 17, 2017 (2017-03-17)
    11"Lead Horse Back to Stable"Deborah ChowIan StokesMarch 17, 2017 (2017-03-17)
    12"Bar the Big Boss"Andy GoddardScott ReynoldsMarch 17, 2017 (2017-03-17)
    13"Dragon Plays with Fire"Stephen SurjikScott Buck & Tamara Becher-Wilkinson & Pat CharlesMarch 17, 2017 (2017-03-17)



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