Iron Fist would be considered one of the most controversial shows that Marvel TV has put out since they started their TV shows that take place in the MCU since 2013. There are mixed opinions on the show’s qualities, but it still seemed to have pulled in good enough numbers for Netflix to renew it for a second season. Many were wondering if they will have showrunner Scott Buck would return, as some are still on the fence about his work for the second season of the upcoming ABC-IMAX production, Inhumans. Not long after the announcement was made during SDCC we got confirmation that Raven Metzner, who worked on Sleepy Hollow and Elektra, will be taking over. Marvel TV Head, Jeph Loeb was interview on what exactly this change in showrunner meant for the show’s future.
“What happened, really very simply, was Scott Buck was on Inhumans and we were delighted to get another order from Netflix and knew that Scott was not going to be available to us. We set out to find a new showrunner. Raven came in, told us a story and we thought, ‘that’s the next epic adventure for this character’ and got very excited about it.”
Loeb most certainly seems excited about the next season and it seems that Metzner is quite a fan of the character, which should bode well for the second season. A lot hope that the show will ditch the stories about the troubles of Rand Industries and Danny Rand’s strong connection with The Hand so that K’un L’un can be explored. The first season mostly took place in New York City, which is a given with them building up to The Defenders, but outside of a few flashbacks not much was explored on the Iron Fist’s mystical background. Loeb was also asked about the approach towards this topic and what the new showrunner meant for the show.
“When you look at something like Daredevil, which is easily accessible if you ask people what’s your favorite Daredevil story? They go, well I’m a Frank Miller fan, or I’m a Brian Michael Bendis fan or I’m an Ed Brubaker fan. Writers have come in and told their particular view of what that character could be. It was Frank who really looked at it and went, maybe he’s not a happy-go-lucky, plucky acrobat who’s running around, like a more mature version of Spider-Man. Maybe it’s a crime drama. And he changed the tone of that book. And then Bendis, he’s a crime writer, he took that and went to the next level. It’s not that we want the audience to get whiplash. It really does need to feel like this is the next chapter of what’s going to happen to Danny Rand and we’re really looking forward to it.”
This does look like we can expect a very different approach in the upcoming season. It is interesting that he is a fan of Ed Brubaker, which does not seem like an accidental mention. In 2006, we got one of the character’s most defining runs with The Immortal Iron Fist, which not only explored Danny Rand’s background but also the darker sides of K’un L’un. Another major character from the first season, Sacha Dhawan‘s Davos, acted as the main antagonist for the run and given the season finale, it does seem like he will play a major role moving forward.
This comic run was created by Brubaker and Matt Fraction that became a defining series for the character. It also shares one important connection with the first season, as we got our first look at a former Iron Fist from 1948. This storyline did feature the former Iron Fist, Orson Randall, who also ran away from his responsibility as the titular hero. It would be interesting to explore this character’s background alongside the history of this legacy. This small easter egg may become an essential story element that is continued in the second season.
What are your thoughts on it? What story do you want to see be told in the second season?
Source: Tracking Board