We’ve had Daredevil and season two is coming, Jessica Jones will be available to stream in a couple of weeks, and Luke Cage is now cast and ready for production. But aren’t we missing one? There were four superhero series that Marvel Studios agreed to produce for Netflix, plus the Defenders miniseries that would combine those four heroes into one team. As you may have noticed though, there’s been precious little news about Iron Fist, like who will play him, or even who’s running the show, and now, there’s a rumor out there that there will be no Iron Fist. Instead, for the fourth member of the Defenders, get ready to be punished.
A website called Peel The Orange cites an inside source with Marvel who said that a combination of difficulty in breaking Iron Fist and the excitement over the new portrayal of The Punisher in Daredevil season 2 has given the studio a big, fat idea.
“Marvel can’t quite seem to figure out how to put Iron Fist into the equation and time is running out. They’re very pleased with Jon Bernthal’s portrayal of Frank Castle for Season 2 of Daredevil and know that the fans have a great appreciation for the character. They also know that a Punisher series would be much cheaper and more marketable. They have a contract with Netflix and have to do something. It appears that for this phase of shows, time is running thin for Iron Fist.”
Still, don’t think that this is the end for Iron Fist. The source added that there’s still a future for the character, though not necessarily a future as a Defender.
“Marvel will be turning Iron Fist into a Netflix exclusive feature film. This will give Marvel extra time and a larger budget for this project. The Punisher will replace Iron Fist as one of the four Defenders.”
It’s kind of sad that Marvel seems to be giving up on Iron Fist, but it’s not necessarily surprising. Although Iron Fist has a strong connection to Marvel’s street level heroes, and a decades long partnership with Luke Cage, the martial arts and mysticism mix of Iron Fist sets it apart distinctively from the other heroes in Netflix’s Defenders. I’m not sure The Punisher is going to fill that slot better in any kind of thematic way, but if the rumor (emphasis on that word) is true, than Bernthal’s Punisher is going to be something to watch next year.
Jessica Jones premieres on Netflix November 20; Daredevil season two and Luke Cage season one will bow sometime in 2016.
Source: Geek Tyrant