Here's What's Up with the 'Iron Fist' Dragon Symbol

Fifteen years after being presumed dead in a plane crash, Danny Rand (Finn Jones) mysteriously returns to New York City determined to reclaim his birthright and family company. "I love the contradictions in both of those".

You're probably wondering about that yellow mask and green suit from the comics, right?

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The series screams about his fantastic abilities as a fighter, and we're treated to displays of tight combat against multiple assailants that are supposed to justify the idea of Iron Fist as a member of a hardcore group of Defenders (also the name of a forthcoming series, featuring Rand alongside Daredevil, Jessica Jones and Luke Cage). The problem is, Danny was long thought to be dead, after a plane crash in the Himalayas claimed the lives of his father and mother over a decade ago - and the relatives who now control the family's corporate business would prefer he was still M.I.A. Thanks to having learned a strain of kung-fu that enables him to channel the power of a mystical dragon's heart though his deadly-weapon hands, however, the stranger in a unusual land proves that he's more than capable of taking care of himself. Each of the six episodes made available to critics proves a taxing affair where you're asked to invest in characters so thinly constructed they could be cardboard cutouts cleverly lit to resemble human beings. So if you like Daredevil and Jessica Jones, you would be 100% keen on Luke Cage.

As I was sitting in some back closet on Marvel's LA lot, after I had surrendered all of my personal belongings and signed away my life, in walked Jeph Loeb before I was about to read the script. And along the way, he discovers that he is the key to stopping a powerful evil force.

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It's been pointed out by many - first on the Nerds of Colour website, and then elsewhere - that a biracial Asian-American Iron Fist would fit this description and bring a greater thematic weight to the character's actions. "So it was important to focus on what makes that journey interesting".

Danny's description may sound a bit weird to people not familiar with the mythology, but K'un-Lun has plenty of history in the Marvel comics from which Netflix's "Iron Fist" is adapted. Luckily, he doesn't have to look for answers about the "accident", or why he seems to be repeatedly attacked by professional thugs, by himself for very long. If the Marvel-Netflix team-up has sought to assemble the Beatles of brooding brawls, think of "Iron Fist" as a notch below Ringo.

"He's lost his sense of goal - and isn't having a objective the whole point of a hero?" And despite Finn Jones saying the show was "not meant for the critics" it's hard to see if the show was "meant for anyone". The two series are very different though.

Alright, back to Iron Fist - how does it apply here? "It's all but a last resort, and not something Danny takes lightly". What are you most excited for the fans to see as we get into this last chapter, setting up for The Defenders? The times when we would be amused at them lowlife DC fans at their attempt to tell us that they are better than us? Danny also cozies up to a martial arts instructor (Jessica Henwick), who earns extra cash fighting in cage matches, presumably just to show her off pounding much bigger guys. But come on, let's get real.

  • Michelle Webb