So far, the Netflix adaptations of Marvel comics, from Daredevil, to Jessica Jones and Luke Cage, have been pretty great. They have each taken lesser known superheroes and treated them seriously, tackling real-world issues with depth and respect. Daredevil addresses the repercussions of gentrification. Jessica Jones deals with PTSD and sexual abuse. Luke Cage examines issues of race in America.
On March 17th, we’ll discover the subtext of the next Marvel series when Iron Fist debuts on Netflix.
In the comics, the Immortal Iron Fist is Danny Rand, the son of a wealthy businessman raised in the mystical city of K’un L’un where he learned about martial arts and eastern philosophy and gained a magical, glowing punch power by ritually killing a dragon. It’s pretty weird stuff. Great though.
In my opinion, the best Iron Fist stories come from the run of issues written by Ed Brubaker and Matt Fraction.