Hey gang! I’m almost halfway into my two and a half weeks of vacation and it’s been pure bliss so far. Sure, it would have been nicer to not be in the middle of the warmest month of July in 260 years (no joke), especially since I decided to spend much of my time going through all the stuff in my basement storage unit (and getting rid of half of it so far), but I can’t complain. Yes, even going through old stuff in boxes can be a joy when it’s something you’ve been wanting to get to for a long time.
The only thing I regret is that I haven’t gotten more writing done, but it’s hard to juggle too many project at the same time. Of course, I did keep an eye out for what was happening thousands of miles away in San Diego, and while there’s been little Daredevil news, there’s been plenty of coverage of Iron Fist which will be out as early as September 7!
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There are a few things coming out of the Iron Fist news that I think are really interesting. And that’s besides the hint of costume we see in the second –
– brand new! – teaser below. (In case you missed the first teaser, you can catch it here.) So, let’s take a dig at what we’ve learned so far!
A change in tone in “post-Hand” New York
In the larger Marvel Cinematic Universe, the movies have been coming out in distinct phases, with some kind of major Avengers team-up event marking the end and beginning of each phase. If we look at the Netflix Marvel shows, The Defends does much the same thing, even though only Daredevil and Iron Fist can be said to have contributed any significant build-up to what actually happens in the Defenders, aside from simply offering character introductions. The first post-Defenders season, Jessica Jones season two, makes little mention of The Defenders (presumably because it may have a relatively large viewership that is exclusive to Jessica Jones), whereas the second season of Luke Cage benefited greatly from the relationships established in The Defenders. It had the most “interconnected feel” of any of the seasons thus far.
For Iron Fist, The Defenders should mark an even more obvious “before and after” than it did for Luke Cage, which could have taken the Jessica Jones route without things seeming weird. All plot threads from the first seasons that deal specifically with The Hand should have been dealt with, and I am very much looking forward to a third season of Daredevil without ninjas. For Iron Fist, too, this should translate into a shift in tone that may seem even more striking since Danny’s world is the most “magical” of all of the Defenders. I expect many more flashbacks to K’Un-L’Un, especially since Davos’s story is just getting started, and other references to Danny’s (literally) out-of-this-world abilities and experiences, but I also expect much more street level action. Much of what’s been said about the upcoming season also seems to suggests this, as Danny is now dedicated to protecting his New York neighborhood.
A well-known Daredevil villain makes her first appearance
One rather shocking piece of news that’s been revealed lately is that Typhoid Mary, a well-known Daredevil foe, will make her first live action appearance. Of course, this has lead people to speculate on whether she will show up in Daredevil. As far as season three is concerned, I very much doubt it. If Nuke, who appeared in Jessica Jones as Will Simpson, is any indication, these creators don’t mind borrowing villains from outside a particular character’s usual niche. Nuke also made his comic book debut in Daredevil, but will not (spoiler alert for season two of Jessica Jones) be appearing in Daredevil’s television show. If there is a fourth season of Daredevil, or even a fifth, they might bring Typhoid, played by Alice Eve, in for that. For the time being, my money is on her being brought into Iron Fist’s world for the simple reason that her character fits the story they’re trying to tell.
Speaking of which, I’m also expecting some changes to her backstory. In the comics, she was supposedly born with her multiple personalities. Considering that there is no such thing, and that a trauma-induced etiology is more interesting – and more realistic, I expect some changes here and there. The panel above is from her first comic book appearance in Daredevil #254, by Ann Nocenti and John Romita Jr.
Daughters of the Dragon are teaming up! Maybe?
Simone “Misty Knight” Missick has been making appearances along with the rest of the Iron Fist cast and will be officially added to the roster this season. Honestly, it’s hard do tell what kind of presence she will have though (IMDB list her as appearing in only a single episode, though this may or may not be off the mark), but it does mean that the second season of Iron Fist will continue the momentum from the second season of Luke Cage in terms of allowing the worlds of these different characters to bleed into each other. Whatever the case may be, I enjoyed her interaction with Colleen Wing in Luke Cage, and look forward to seeing their friendship mature here. Misty’s presence also serves to ground these characters in the street level world of New York.
Speaking of cross-over appearances, it wouldn’t surprise me if Luke Cage shows up, even if it’s just for a minor cameo or as a voice on the phone. The same goes for Jeri Hogarth. She’s not listed as appearing in season two, but I expect her to appear in some small way at least. Unless she’s actually working with Foggy and sends him. 😉
Though we haven’t seen much mention of Ward and Joy Meachum, to the point where I was beginning to suspect they weren’t going to appear at all, it seems they are set to appear regularly throughout the second season as well. I probably wasn’t the only one who became a fan of Ward, in particular, during season one, so I don’t mind an encore. I just hope they make good use of these characters.
What are your thoughts on what we can expect from Iron Fist? And what did you think of his appearance in Luke Cage? (I thought that particular episode was a bit of a mixed bag, personally.) Speak your mind in the comments!