Over the weekend the first trailer for Marvel's Iron Fist was released. I thought it looked awesome, and I think it's going to have some of the coolest fight sequences we've seen yet in the Marvel series. I'm a huge fan of martial arts, and I'm excited to see that utilized to the extreme in this series.
Today we've got some additional information on the story for the series. Up to this point all we've really had was the following synopsis:
Fifteen years after being presumed dead in a plane crash, Danny Rand (Finn Jones) mysteriously returns to New York City determined to reclaim his birthright and family company. However, when a long-destined enemy rises in New York, this living weapon is forced to choose between his family’s legacy and his duties as the Iron Fist.
During a recent interview with Comingsoon, Executive Producer Jeph Loeb shared some additional info that reveals what the story will be about. He said:
"It’s very grounded. What we were really interested, from the very beginning, was exploring who is Danny Rand. This is a character who’s a little younger than some of the other heroes that we’ve seen so far.
"We open with a very simple premise, which is, at the age of 10, Danny vanished off the face of the Earth. The world believes that the son of a billionaire is gone. When he reappears at the beginning of the show, and he’s 25 years old. He announces, 'I’m here.' Has no proof, has no identity, has no DNA.
"One of the things that’s fantastic about the show is, it’s very much a mystery. It’s very much a, 'how do you go about proving who you are when there’s no way to do that.' That’s not just the story, that’s also the theme of it, which is, 'how do you go about proving who you are when no one knows,' including yourself, 'what’s happened to you.'"
So not only are we going to get to see some badass fight sequences, but we are going to get a solid story that revolves around an interesting character. Finn Jones, that actor who plays Danny Rand, expanded on what Loeb said:
"It’s fantastic, it’s so great. The best thing about Danny Rand is that he has these huge massive contradictions. One half of him is this super centered, trying to be a super centered martial artist and warrior, and the other half of him is a live-wire, suffering from trauma, riddling with PTSD. You’ve got those two contradictions that are constantly battling each other, and the other contradiction is that he’s spent some time in the East, but then he’s from a westernized family.
"Bringing those two together, especially when he comes back to New York and starts getting involved with Rand, there’s a lot of corporate questions, corporate ethics quite a lot because he sees through things, and he’s not, he’s innocent and he’s pure. He hasn’t been brought up in this very materialist, dog-eat-dog world, which then suddenly he finds himself in. There’s lots of contradictions to play with, and it’s a lot of fun as an actor to kind of get into that."
The series also stars Jessica Henwick, David Wenham, Jessica Stroup, Tom Pelphrey, and Carrie-Anne Moss. Marvel's Iron Fist will hit Netflix on March 17th, 2017.