Season one might have got a critical mauling, but that hasn’t stopped Iron Fist getting a second season as is common with Marvel’s Netflix outings.
We’ve already kind of had an Iron Fist 1.5 with this year’s team-up series The Defenders as Danny Rand (Finn Jones) teamed up with Daredevil, Jessica Jones and Luke Cage to finally take down the Hand.
So where does that leave the sworn protector of K’un-Lun in season two? Here’s what we know so far.
Iron Fist season 2 release date: When will it arrive on Netflix?
At Comic-Con, Marvel confirmed that season two will arrive on September 7, 2018.
The second season has only started filming in December, around the same time as Daredevil season three, so we were never going to be seeing the new run in the same March slot as its first season, but it will now beat Daredevil season three to Netflix.
Iron Fist season 2 trailer: When’s it coming?
Along with the date announcement, we got the first teaser for season two that saw Danny take out some bad guys in an alleyway.
There was apparently more exciting clips shown during the Comic-Con panel, but looks like we’ll have to wait for those.
Iron Fist season 2 cast: Who’s in it?
Just in case you thought/hoped Iron Fist season two would go bold and not include Danny Rand, the first-look photo confirmed that Danny and Colleen Wing (Jessica Henwick) would be back.
Also returning will be Tom Pelphrey as Ward Meachum, Jessica Stroup as Joy Meachum and Sacha Dhawan as Davos, Danny’s best friend from K’un-Lun. We’d also be surprised if season two didn’t feature Rosario Dawson’s Claire Temple after her prominent role in the first outing.
In early December, Star Trek: Into Darkness star Alice Eve was confirmed to be joining the cast in season two, although her role was initially kept secret, other than the fact that there will be “an intrigue and danger to her character unlike anyone else,” according to Marvel’s head of television Jeph Loeb.
Now we know that she’ll be playing iconic Marvel supervillain Typhoid Mary who Eve teased is “very very violent, but the reason I took the role is because I got to play someone with multiple personalities”.
But could we also be seeing a major crossover with Simone Missick appearing as Misty Knight after Loeb previously teased that a new character will “make you a little misty” and, in the comics, Misty and Colleen do team up to become the Daughters of the Dragon.
Danny made a brief appearance in Luke Cage season two – a nod to the Marvel Comics’ Heroes for Hire storyline that teams up Luke and Danny – so perhaps Mike Colter’s Luke Cage will repay the favour and show up in Iron Fist season two, bringing Misty along with him.
Don’t expect to get any answers from Colter about it though as when asked whether Luke would appear in any other Marvel series, his answer was: “I cannot say.”
Iron Fist season 2 showrunner: Who’s the new guy?
Back in July, shortly after season two was confirmed, EW reported that Scott Buck was stepping down as showrunner, with Raven Metzner taking over for season two. Metzner has previously worked on the likes of Sleepy Hollow, Falling Skies and Heroes Reborn, with his main movie role to date being the writer of Elektra.
“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. Season one and The Defenders are only the beginning of this fantastic action packed tale,” Loeb promised.
Iron Fist season 2 plot: How did The Defenders set it up?
As well as helping to defeat the Hand, Danny ended The Defenders by sitting on a rooftop in New York City, illuminated by his iron fist.
The assumption is that with Daredevil currently sidelined (depending on what happens in season three if it arrives before Iron Fist‘s second run), Danny will take over as the protector of Hell’s Kitchen, keeping it safe until Matt Murdock’s return.
There’s comic inspiration for this if they wished to follow them as in the Daredevil run, Matt found himself in prison after his identity is revealed, leading to Danny ‘taking over’ as Daredevil to protect New York City and give Matt a cover story that he might not actually be Daredevil. When he was released from prison, a misunderstanding saw the two fight on a rooftop – as you do – before order was restored.
But perhaps with the two series filming at the same time, it’s more likely that we could see this play out in Daredevil season three, rather than Iron Fist season two.
Other than that, the second season could finally see Danny don his classic yellow and green costume after Jones had teased to us that he might wear it in The Defenders, which he didn’t. “By the end of The Defenders, has Danny earned the right to wear the costume? I think so,” he explained.
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Iron Fist season two arrives on Netflix on September 7.
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