Iron Fist Season 2 will be “unlike anything seen before”, star Finn Jones has promised fans.
The show, which stars the Game of Thrones actor as rich kid Danny Rand, follows the heir to a business empire return to New York after being missing for years, trying to reconnect with his past and his family legacy. He fights against the criminal element corrupting New York City with his kung-fu mastery and ability to summon “the awesome power of the fiery Iron Fist” – skills that he learned in the mysterious city of K’un L’un.
The first season of the show was the worst received of Marvel’s Netflix series, although Rand fared better when he appeared in The Defenders, a crossover event series that put his character firmly in his place. Indeed, he is now expected to appear in Luke Cage’s second season, teasing a potential Heroes for Hire spin-off, which is only likely to benefit his character further.
What of his own show? Season 2 looks to be heading in a different direction, thanks to the appointment of a new showrunner for the sophomore run, while the hiring of Alice Eve for a mysterious role also holds promise. Now, with the whole season officially wrapping production, Finn has taken to Instagram to comment on the project’s progress.
“After an incredible, long and physical 7 month winter shoot in NY, we have wrapped!” he wrote on Instagram.
“We came at this season with fierce ambition, relentless work ethic, passion and optimism. I think the story we’ve told and the journey the characters have been on this season is unlike anything seen before,” he added. “I’m proud, exhausted, but above all, ready for all of our hard work to be enjoyed across the world.”
Alice Eve joins Iron Fist Season 2
5th December 2017
Alice Eve has joined Season 2 of Iron Fist.
Marvel’s show, which stars Finn Jones as billionaire kung fu specialist Danny Rand, was the fourth of Netflix’s quartet of Marvel series to premiere, paving the way for The Defenders. It follows Rand as he returns to New York after being missing for years, trying to reconnect with his past and his family legacy. He fights against the criminal element corrupting New York City with his kung-fu mastery and ability to summon “the awesome power of the fiery Iron Fist” – skills that he learned in the mysterious city of K’un L’un.
The reception of the series was decidedly mixed, although Rand’s character, who bore the main brunt of the criticism, was redeemed somewhat when he teamed up with the other Hell’s Kitchen heroes for The Defenders. It comes as reassuring news, then, that along with a new showrunner (Raven Metzner), Season 2 will also give him new company in the form of Alice Eve.
Her role remains a secret, but the prospect of the Starter for Ten and Star Trek: Into Darkness star joining the ensemble is a promising one. She will star alongside Jessica Henwick, Tom Pelphrey, Jessica Stroup, and Sacha Dhawan.
“We are very excited to have an actress of Alice’s stature join the cast of Marvel’s Iron Fist,” Marvel’s head of television and series EP Jeph Loeb, said in a statement. “Her exceptional talent brings an intrigue and danger to her character unlike anyone else.”
Iron Fist has found itself a new showrunner for Season 2.
The show, which premiered earlier this year, was the final piece in the puzzle for Marvel and Netflix’s The Defenders crossover. Even that important role, though, could not cover up the flaws at the show’s heart: Season 1 of Iron Fist was widely slated by critics and fans, for both its casting of caucasian man as the lead in the kung fu series based on dated material and for its writing in general.
The renewal of Season 2, then, may not be the most exciting Hell’s Kitchen news, even as The Defenders so far appears to be doing a good job of putting Iron Fist in his place. Marvel, however, has some promising news, as Raven Metzner has been tapped to replace Scott Buck as Season 2’s showrunner. Metzner, who worked on Sleepy Hollow, is no stranger to Marvel or comic books, having written 2005 Daredevil spin-off Elektra, as well as contributed to Heroes: Reborn (his other TV credits include Falling Skies and Daybreak).
“Raven’s love of all things Iron Fist and his extensive knowledge of martial arts films made him the perfect choice to continue telling the adventures of Danny Rand and Colleen Wing,” Marvel’s Head of TV Jeph Loeb said at Comic-Con. “Season 1 and The Defenders are only the beginning of this fantastic action-packed tale.”
More reassuring than that comes word from The Hollywood Reporter that not only has the showrunner been switched up, but the entire writers room has been changed for a new set of hands to make Season 2 “more grounded” than the first.
Iron Fist renewed for Season 2
22nd July 2017
Iron Fist has officially been renewed for Season 2.
The show, which stars Finn Jones as billionaire kung fu specialist Danny Rand, was the fourth of Netflix’s quartet of Marvel series to premiere, paving the way for The Defenders crossover this summer.
It follows Rand as he returns to New York after being missing for years, trying to reconnect with his past and his family legacy. He fights against the criminal element corrupting New York City with his kung-fu mastery and ability to summon “the awesome power of the fiery Iron Fist” – skills that he learned in the mysterious city of K’un L’un.
Its reception, when it was released earlier this year, was decidedly lukewarm, despite the appearance of familiar faces, such as Rosario Dawson’s nurse, Claire Temple, and Simone Missick as police detective Misty Knight, both of whom were also in Luke Cage. Most of that criticism centred on the character of Danny himself, who was two-dimensional, stereotypical and raised questions of diversity and white saviour tropes within the media.
News about The Defenders, though, may reassure comic book fans, as its creators have said that he will become “much more mature” in the eight-episode event series.
“The thing with there with Danny is that we’re taking an ordinary kid with a lot of issues and we’re trying to iron those out first before getting to Danny as Iron Fist. And what we’ll in Defenders is Danny coming to terms with being a superhero. In the Defenders when he first starts, he doesn’t even know what a superhero is and then he meets those guys and he’s like ‘WHOA. This is cool,’ and by the end of it you kind of see Danny really coming to the grips with his responsibility in a much more mature way.”
Now, with The Defenders just weeks away, Marvel’s Head of TV, Jeph Loeb, confirmed at Comic-Con that Iron Fist will have a second run. The good news continues with the announcement that it will see sidekick Colleen Wing (Jessica Henwick) team up with Knight. Before production can even start to get underway, though, we’ll be spending time with Mr. Fist in The Defenders. You can see the new Comic-Con trailer for The Defenders here – or head this way to catch up with our reviews of Iron Fist Season 1.
Netflix releases new Iron Fist images
3rd February 2017
Netflix has released a new batch of Iron Fist images, giving us a fresh look at its ensemble cast. That, in case you’ve forgotten, includes the impressive Jessica Henwick, David Wenham, Tom Pelphrey and Jessica Stroup, not to mention Carrie-Anne Moss, who reprises her role as lawyer Jeri Hogarth from Jessica Jones.
Finn Jones stars as billionaire Danny Rand (Finn Jones) returns to New York City after being missing for years, trying to reconnect with his past and his family legacy. He fights against the criminal element corrupting New York City with his incredible kung-fu mastery and ability to summon “the awesome power of the fiery Iron Fist”.
Here’s the new batch of pictures – read on below for a second bunch of images.
First photos released of Iron Fist (and Claire Temple)
3rd February 2017
As the end of 2016 draws nearer and nearer, so does the premiere of Netflix and Marvel’s Iron Fist – and now, we have our first look at the show’s main cast.
The show follows billionaire Danny Rand, as he returns to New York City after being missing for years and tries to reconnect with his past and family legacy. He fights against the criminal element corrupting New York City with his kung-fu mastery and ability to summon the awesome power of the fiery Iron Fist.
Jones, known to Game of Thrones fans as Loras Tyrell, stars as Rand, alongside Jessica Henwick as Colleen Wing, a martial arts expert running her own dojo, who acts as an invaluable ally to Danny. They are joined by Jessica Stroup as Joy Meachum and Tom Pelphrey as Ward Meachum. You can now see them all in action, thanks to a bunch of new photos released today by Netflix and Marvel, which, of course, also feature the ever-present Claire Temple, played by Rosario Dawson.
Iron Fist is the fourth of four live-action Netflix series from Marvel, following Daredevil, Jessica Jones and Luke Cage, all of which are now on Netflix – and all of which feature Dawson’s nurse. What role will she have to play in bringing the group together, when they team up for crossover series The Defenders? That’s not yet clear, but she’ll be joined in Iron Fist by another returning face: Simone Missick as detective Misty Knight, who, like Dawson, stole whole scenes in Luke Cage. (A character from Jessica Jones will also be making an appearance.)
All 13 episodes of Iron Fist will worldwide on Netflix on Friday 17th March 2017.
Read on for the new photos – you can catch the show’s first trailer over here.