Note: potential spoilers if you’re not caught up on the Marvel Netflix shows.
I talked about Iron Fist‘s first season already, but I’d like to look ahead to the future of the character beyond his next appearance in the Defenders. Â Barring something crazy in the upcoming Defenders season, we currently have Danny as the Iron Fist, but only barely. Â He can’t summon his chi to both fists at once, can’t keep it there long, and had to be taught how to heal someone and restore his chi reserves by a dude from the Hand. Â And (super spoiler alert) he tries to head back to K’un Lun, and it ain’t there, so no way for the Thunderer to maybe give him the pointers he needs. Â There’s a fix for this, and it’s straight from the comics: Â The Book of the Iron Fist.
A perfect solution, right? Â This would be easily adaptable to TV, though they’d have to shift things to avoid doubling down on the white savior trope. Â See, in the comics, the guy that gives Danny the book? Â Orson Randall, the previous Iron Fist, also a white dude. Â Marvel could easily tweak this, but they could’ve done it with Danny and didn’t, so my hopes aren’t high. Â Still, I loved the story, and it heavily involves characters we already know such as Davos and Crane Mother. Â It also gets Danny to his full strength, meaning you can amp up the threats he and the Defenders/Heroes for Hire/what have you face in the future. Â It’s a no-brainer to me.