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CBTVB: Marvel Confirms that an Iron Fist Series is Still Part of the Defenders Plan

By Muuka Muyumba

After much consternation about Marvel’s plans for Iron Fist, a recent interview between ComicBookResources.com and Marvel TV president Jeph Loeb made one thing clear: Marvel’s plans have not changed.

Loeb told CBR “[t]here was a lot of speculation about what was going on with Iron Fist, because [fans] hadn’t heard anything about it, but there’s never been any change at all.” He also noted that there would soon be news about a star and/or a showrunner.

The original conceit of Marvel’s plan was to bring four distinct characters, Daredevil, Jessica Jones, Luke Cage, and Iron Fist to the small screen through Netflix in 4 solo, 13-episode series, and then bring them together to defend New York as The Defenders.

So far, Marvel has seen great critical success on its first 2 series, Jessica Jones and Daredevil, though the metrics of viewing on Netflix has been a bit more ethereal. If you are on Twitter, then you know that these series have garnered a great amount of traction on the social media site at least for the first few days after release, but the long-lasting effect of the series can’t be measured like an Avengers-like box office take.

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Recent rumors spilled out that Marvel was considering shifting Iron Fist from an individual series, to a solo film, on Netflix, that would fit the character into the Defenders saga. The change would then mean that The Punisher would slide into the slot reserved for Iron Fist instead.

Just this month, Marvel Chief Creative Officer, and one of the major architects of the New York filming deal, Joe Quesada rejected this idea during the Jessica Jones premiere. And now, Loeb’s words only double down on Marvel’s stance, noting that he’s held off on commenting on the rumors because they wanted to get Jessica Jones off the ground first.

“We knew exactly what we were doing at Marvel and at Netflix,” Loeb said. “Let’s get [‘Jessica Jones’] out there, everybody knows that ‘Luke Cage’ is up and going. What I can say right now is we’re very excited about ‘Iron Fist.'”

Daredevil is currently completing its second season for Netflix while Luke Cage is currently completing its first. At this time, as noted above, Loeb has made no announcements about casting or crew for Iron Fist, but clearly is the next development project for Marvel.

Marvel’s next concern is whether they will be beholden to some rumblings that they should cast an Asian actor for the role of Danny Rand aka Iron Fist. No news has emerged as to Marvel’s preference, but we are likely to find out soon.