The Marvel/Netflix television team-up announced today in a press release that they have found their show-runner for the next Marvel Comic inspired series, “Iron Fist.”
Jeph Loeb, Head of Marvel Television and an Executive Producer, affirmed their choice to lead up “Iron Fist” as Scott Buck (Dexter, Six Feet Under).
“Scott came in with a take on Iron Fist that quite simply knocked us off our feet. We always look for the most creative minds in the field to help us bring our heroes to life, and with Scott we’ve found someone that can deliver yet another great series in the ongoing story of The Defenders.”
Scott Buck makes perfect sense in that his work on television for “Dexter” and “Six Feet Under” has that same dark tone that “Dare Devil” and “Jessica Jones” both on Netflix exude and assuming that’s what “Fist” is going for.
“I’ve always been drawn to writing complex, intriguing characters, and that’s what most excites me about the opportunity to bring Danny Rand and “Iron Fist” to life with Marvel on Netflix,” said Buck in the same press release.
As for Marvel and Netflix choosing to do a series based on “Iron Fist” it seems to be a wise marketing choice, as the Iron Fist character has been in an out of many comic stories, as well as having his own comics. Iron Fist / Danny Rand has crossed paths with many of the characters who are currently already popular on television and in film including The Civil War story-line (Captain America / Avengers), “Dr. Strange,” “Daredevil,” “Jessica Jones,” “Luke Cage” and more.
Iron Fist focuses on Daniel Rand and his return to New York City after being missing for four years. The series follows Rand as he fights against the criminal element corrupting New York City. As the Fiery Fist, he has the ability to draw upon his body’s natural energies, or Chi, and focus that into a powerful energy allowing his fist to strike with super hero strength. This same energy gives him super hero healing powers too.
Marvel’s Iron Fist is the fourth of four planned series as part of an overall deal between Marvel Television and Netflix. The first seasons of Marvel’s Daredevil and Marvel’s Jessica Jones have been released, with Marvel’s Luke Cage premiering in 2016. All four heroes will then unite in the mini-series event Marvel’s The Defenders. If you haven’t already watched Daredevil or Jessica Jones, both are described as excellent with receiving high critical appraise from both fans and television critics.