Iron Fist season two is on its way to Netflix and it looks like Danny Rand is taking Daredevil’s place as protector of New York. Thomas Bacon for Screen Rant believes Matt Murdock passed the torch in The Defenders: “Matt Murdock chooses to sacrifice himself, believing his mission to protect New York is coming to an end. ‘Protect my city,’ he charges Danny Rand, commissioning him to be a new street-level vigilante who fights on the front lines in the war against organized crime.” Pretty big hint, if you ask me. Declaring “This is my city now, it’s my duty to protect it” seems like a relatively clear indicator that Iron Fist will become the new Daredevil.
Potential for Crossovers
With the Defenders split up across New York, patrolling their own boroughs, this creates opportunities for prime guest appearances (like Danny Rand’s appearance in Luke Cage season two). Fans and critics are hoping for that Danny in Iron Fist season two, instead of the mess of season one.
Watching the teaser from SDCC, there’s nothing really special about it. Just Danny Rand doing some basic punching in an alleyway. The possibility of martial arts but no real indication they’ll be any better than season one. No plot to speak of and only an ominous narration. But fans are hoping Netflix takes a hint from the reception of season one and rights their wrongs. Whether or not this will happen, it’s hard to say at this early stage.
Fingers Crossed for a Better Iron Fist
But Iron Fist has potential. It could be a strong contender in Marvel’s Netflix gamut by loosening up the reins on its serious, edgy portrayal. In August 2017, Megan Farokhmanesh wrote on The Verge that the show is “played as painfully earnest, when it would have served Iron Fist better to lean into the absurdity of the scenarios with a humorous edge.” She continued, stating, “Iron Fist has neither the thematic nor character foundations to justify the same kind of ultra-serious take [as Luke Cage, Jessica Jones, or Daredevil]. Instead, it leans into its ridiculous premise — and its idiot of a hero.” Megan’s idea: “Make him more of an idiot.” And I’m inclined to agree; there’s only so much whiny white boy sob story I can take, and I reached my limit with Kylo Ren.
Anyway, here’s the official synopsis for season two:
Iron Fist Season 2 features Danny Rand (Finn Jones) as he fights against the criminal element corrupting New York City with his kung-fu mastery and ability to summon the awesome power of the fiery Iron Fist. Season 2 furthers the transformation of Danny, a character with a fish out of water coming of age story making his way in a harsh new world, battling to work out who he is. This season, Danny has promised that with Matt Murdock gone, he will step up and protect his city. But a sinister plot twist threatens his very identity and he must conquer his villains to protect the town and people he holds close to his heart.
Iron Fist season two will premiere on Netflix in September 2018. Watch the date announcement teaser below.