Now that Luke Cage is finally here and everyone was able to binge-watch the latest Marvel series, the attention has already moved on to the next hero. Netflix is prepping for the next streaming series tied to the MCU and people are hoping that it will make for the perfect bookend to Cage. This post may contain what some could consider mild spoilers pertaining to Iron Fist and his origins, so don’t say we didn’t warn you.
The next major Marvel show slated for Netflix will be on the longtime comic book pal of Luke Cage, Iron Fist. He is best known to comics fans through his partnership with Luke Cage as one half of the Heroes for Fire. But for those not in the know, Iron Fist can almost be thought of like a kung-fu Batman in a lot of ways. To give a quick background, Iron Fist also goes by Danny Rand, the scion of the wildly successful Rand Corporation. In the comics, Danny’s parents die during a tragic hiking accident, which prompts the young boy to undertake the training from a mysterious master to ultimately become Iron Fist. Hmm, young billionaire with dead parents trained in the mountains by a secretive martial arts clan… where have we heard this before?
The titular character is being played by Finn Jones (best known for his part as Loras Tyrell in Game of Thrones) and we also know that the series will introduce the character of Colleen Wing (played by Jessica Henwick, best known as Nymeria Sand from GoT). The inclusion of Wing is notable because in the comics she goes on to form the dynamic duo of the Daughters of the Dragon with Misty Knight, whom we just met in Luke Cage. Now that Cage has become a bonafide hit, Comic Book Resources reports that Marvel has followed that success with the announcement of Iron Fist‘s release date: March 17, 2017.
Iron Fist will help to complete the last piece of the puzzle in the streaming universe that will set us up for Marvel’s The Defenders, due sometime in 2017, too. Of course, with The Defenders and a solo series for The Punisher currently scheduled, the character that started it all, Daredevil, has taken a backseat. According to Den of Geek, there’s still no current release date for season three. However, with Iron Fist, Defenders and Punisher all first in line, it will likely be at least 2018 before we see anything new.
It might be a long wait, but fans will be able to occupy their time through the myriad other Marvel shows and online distractions, thanks in part to the slew of slot reals based on Marvel characters outlined at Gambling.com. Among others, those characters include the namesake Man Without Fear, Elektra and the Punisher. These games are simple games based on traditional slot reels that spice things up through their inclusion of popular characters along with weapons like DD’s billy clubs or Elektra’s deadly sais. Daredevil devotees can also find the characters in Marvel Heroes 2016 where EW reports that Marvel has also added new costumes for both Luke Cage and Jessica Jones based on their respective series.
Marvel has quickly built quite the streaming empire and they’re following the same playbook they did for their big-screen counterparts. As the publisher continues to fill out the roster, it will all lead us to Marvel’s The Defenders. The show should be like a small screen version of The Avengers that’ll also be more than enough to tide us over until the third season of Daredevil finally comes out.