There have been a LOT of rumors about Marvel’s fourth series for Netflix, “Iron Fist“, over the past few months. A few sites have touted creative problems, stating that Marvel TV is having trouble finding the right take on the property. Others have said that the show has been scrapped in favor of a Netflix TV movie. Some have even gone one step further, stating that the character has been backburnered and Netflix will move forward with a series based on “The Punisher” instead.
I’ve avoiding commenting on all of these because, frankly, they’re a load of crap. Running them would only spread them across the ‘net even more, so I’ve let them all slip by. Is “Iron Fist” a problematic series for Marvel? Of course, but not necessarily in the way that some are claiming. While the search does indeed continue for an actor to portray hero Danny Rand, it’s only because the part is a bit harder to cast than the rest. Why? Because Marvel would prefer to have an actor who is already at least partially experienced with martial arts.
Furthermore, “Fist” has gone last simply because it is more action-oriented. The fight choreography for the eventual series is expected to be a lot more intense and complicated, meaning that the series needs more time to be planned out in advance of shooting. Pushing it to the end of the roster has accomplished that.
“Iron Fist” is still coming and, as I’ve stated already, is expected to shoot next year, ahead of a late 2016 or early 2017 debut. Don’t take my word for it, though. Listen to Marvel TV head honcho Jeph Loeb himself…
“There was a lot of speculation about what was going on with ‘Iron Fist,’ because [fans] hadn’t heard anything about it, but there’s never been any change at all,” Loeb told CBR. When asked if fans can expect news in the near future on a star or showrunner, Loeb responded, “The short answer is, ‘Yes, there’ll be news.'”
“We knew exactly what we were doing at Marvel and at Netflix,” Loeb said. “Let’s get [‘Jessica Jones’] out there, everybody knows that ‘Luke Cage’ is up and going. What I can say right now is we’re very excited about ‘Iron Fist.'”
And also Marvel CCO Joe Quesada…
“‘Iron Fist’ is being worked on. That’s all I can say,” Quesada stated in an interview with IGN. Asked whether recent rumors regarding the series being reworked into a movie were accurate, he responded, “Where did you read these rumors? They were on the Internet? So they must be true.”
So there you have it. Stop putting stock in the wild rumors circulating about and stop worrying about “Iron Fist“. He’s still coming on schedule and I suspect we’ll get some more concrete news on the series within the next couple months.