Season one of Marvel’s Iron Fist wasn’t very well received and we were never really sure why. It may not have been as dark as Jessica Jones or as brutal as Daredevil, Luke Cage or Punisher but it had plenty of kick-ass Kung Fu action. For us, that’s a win.
What people may not have realised at the time is that Iron Fist’s story was integral to The Defenders series. It was basically an entire series to set the story for the team and to introduce The Hand who would be the enemy force for the series.
Season 2 would see Iron Fist (aka Danny Rand), played by Finn Jones (Game of Thrones, Hollyoaks), taking up his role as hero. At the end of the Defenders, Matt Murdock (aka Daredevil) tells him to keep the city safe and that’s exactly what he intends on doing.
At the start, he’s in a good place. His relationship with Coleen Wing, played by Jessica Henwick (Game of Thrones, Star Wars: The Force Awakens), is going well. They’ve converted the dojo into their flat and are very much in love. The streets are safer and The Hand have been defeated. What could go wrong?
What goes up…
Well, obviously something has to go wrong or there wouldn’t be a season to watch and this time it goes wrong big time.
With the Hand defeated the Triad gangs are on the brink of war and violence on the streets is increasing. Danny seems on top of it but it gets a whole lot worse when his best friend from K’un L’un Davos, played by Sacha Dhawan (After Earth, The History Boys) shows up.
Who needs enemies with friends like these?
Davos is angry at Danny for abandoning K’un L’un, which was destroyed when Danny chose to save New York. He’s also insanely jealous of Danny for beating him in a fight for the Iron Fist, something he believes is his birthright.
Now Davos turns out to be barking mad, he forms a gang whom he trains and goes around murdering criminals in horrific ways, claiming he’s ridding the city of a cancer.
Unfortunately for Danny, Davos manages to capture him and perform a ceremony which transfers the Iron Fist to him.
For the rest of the season, Danny and Colleen fight to regain the fist and stop Davos. They are helped by Misty Knight, played by Simone Missick (Jinn, Luke Cage) and Ward Meachum, played by Tom Pelphrey (Banshee, As The World Turns).
Davos has some familiar help of his own as he’s been working on the plot with Joy Meachum, played by Jessica Stroup (Ted, The Hills Have Eyes 2), and a contract killer and schizophrenic private eye called Mary Walker, played by Alice Eve (Entourage, Star Trek: Into Darkness).
Both Joy and Mary switch allegiances throughout and both play very important roles in the season.
Buy one get two free
Mary Walker is a brilliant character and we absolutely loved her switches between the creepy but innocent Mary and the cold and calculating Walker. It was great to see her backstory and we really hope that she’s a character that will crop up again.
In the Daredevil comics, her character is known as Typhoid Mary and has three distinct personalities. We’ve met two and the third is hinted at multiple times during the season. This certainly hints that she will appear in the upcoming Daredevil season.
Interestingly the third personality of Typhoid Mary has telekinetic and psionic abilities, will we get to see them?
Ultimately they overcome Davos in a thrilling final battle after the triads, Mary, Joy, Misty and Coleen join forces to aid Danny.
We’re going through changes
Danny eventually makes the decision to give the Iron Fist to Colleen as he believes she is more balanced and worthy. She accepts and takes the power, seemingly becoming the Iron Fist. However, in the final scenes, we see that Danny still has the power, meaning that now they both have it.
What the future holds?
This is fascinating as we can anticipate that they will be exploring the Daughters of the Dragon storyline, in which Colleen and Misty work together as private investigators who occasionally team up with Heroes for Hire, a team made up of Luke Cage and Iron Fist.
This could even work as a standalone series, or at least could fit in with the next Defenders season.
In the final episode, Misty asks Colleen to keep an eye on Luke Cage for her as she believes he may be switching to a criminal persona, something we saw at the end of the latest season of Luke Cage.
Overall this was a huge improvement on the first Season. It was more action packed and we empathised with the characters and situations in a way that seemed lost before.
The whole season felt more coherent and ultimately it made a lot more sense. By the end of the season, we really wished they would make these 20 episode seasons rather than 10.
Marvel’s Iron Fist Season 1 and 2 are available to stream on Netflix now.
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