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CBTVB: Marvel to Round Out the Defenders with Scott Buck as Iron Fist Showrunner

By Muuka Muyumba

Marvel has reportedly tapped experienced showrunner Scott Buck to take the lead on Marvel’s Iron Fist, their final solo Defenders series launch on Netflix. Buck is best known for his work on shows like Six Feet Under, Rome, Showtime’s Dexter, Everybody Love Raymond, Coach, and The Oblongs. This adds to a roster of creative people (Steven DeKnight, Drew Goddard, Melissa Rosenberg, and Cheo Hodari-Coker) Marvel has tasked with not only loving the comic book subject matter, but also needing to have a mastery of showrunning to keep tones and mood consistent throughout their 13 episode runs. What Marvel desires most of all on big and small screen are competent directors and showrunners, with some TV experience, who can adapt to fitting their vision into the Marvel Cinematic Universe.

The original plan from Marvel was to break four, street-level heroes, Daredevil, Jessica Jones, Luke Cage, and Iron Fist in separate 13-episode series, and then have that run culminate in an Avengers-style team up called the Defenders. So, Marvel and Netflix have been bathing in the lavish praise from the critics and audiences alike after the debuts of Daredevil this past spring and Jessica Jones only a few weeks ago.

Luke Cage has yet to debut, but everyone’s appetite was whetted by his sexy appearance in Jessica Jones, and subsequent series in the 2nd half of 2016. Despite the glowing success of the Netflix model, Iron Fist has been more clouded in development, and in the series itself, as there has been little news of casting of the role, nor creatives attached…until today.

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A few months back, there had been strong rumors that Ryan Phillipe had been in talks to star was Danny Rand, but more recently, there has been some outcry for an Asian actor to get the gig. Though Marvel has been known to cast against type (See Idris Elba as Heimdall), this has been more abnormal than the norm. Yes, it would be abnormal for Iron Fist to be an Asian actor considering the conceit of the character is that he co-opts Asian martial arts culture to become a Hero for Hire. The fact that Danny Rand is Caucasian may also be signaled in that Marvel hasn’t chosen an Asian showrunner for the series, considering they hired a woman for Jessica Jones and an African-American for Luke Cage. However, they did not hire a blind person for Daredevil, so there’s that.

Buck’s hiring also signals that Marvel is right on target for getting Iron Fist out when they wanted to. Many rumors have swirling about Iron Fist from Marvel cancelling the show to them shifting it to a feature instead of a series. What’s more likely is that Marvel is lining up its next Netflix phase beyond the original four Defenders and looking to expand its brand on the streaming service.

We are quite far away from a release date for Iron Fist. There is no word on when production would start, but its a good bet that Iron Fist won’t happen until the end of 2017 after the 2nd series of Jessica Jones hits in the first half.

Source: Heroic Hollywood and Comicbook.com