Danny Rand must unclench his hands — at least for now. Marvel’s Iron Fist TV show has been cancelled by Netflix. Although there will be no third season on the streaming service, there exists the possibility that it could return someday, perhaps to Disney’s own streaming platform, which they plan to launch next year. Disney, of course, is the parent-company of Marvel.
A Netflix martial arts superhero drama, Marvel’s Iron Fist stars Finn Jones, Jessica Henrick, Simone Missick, Sacha Dhawan, Jessica Stroup, and Alice Eve. The series centers on Danny Rand (Jones) aka the Iron Fist, one of the Defenders. After being orphaned in a plane crash and raised to be an expert fight, Rand returned to New York to reclaim his legacy and family business. In season two, Danny must now leave behind the daily business of Rand Enterprises, in order to defend his city from a new threat.
Here’s more on the Marvel’s Iron Fist cancellation, from Deadline (emphasis ours):
“Marvel’s Iron Fist will not return for a third season on Netflix,” said the Disney-owned comic giant and the streamer in a joint statement to Deadline today. “Everyone at Marvel Television and Netflix is proud of the series and grateful for all of the hard work from our incredible cast, crew and showrunners,” Marvel and Netflix added. “We’re thankful to the fans who have watched these two seasons, and for the partnership we’ve shared on this series. While the series on Netflix has ended, the immortal Iron Fist will live on.”
This is the first small screen series termination from the comic giant by the Reed Hastings run Netflix and a hard blow for the Finn Jones and Jessica Henwick led show about the mystically empowered NYC-based marital arts hero and Defenders member. Cast members on the series that as most recently run by Raven Metzner were informed of the cancellation in the last few hours, I hear.
Of course, while out for the count at Netflix, the tale of billionaire Danny Rand and Colleen Wing may “live on,” to quote Friday’s statement, on other platforms. That “other” being the streaming service that Disney is expected to launch next year, which already has series on Marvel fan favorites Loki and the Scarlet Witch in the pipeline, with Tom Hiddleston and Elizabeth Olsen expect to reprise their big screen roles. I hear that while Marvel wanted Iron Fist to continue on Netflix, the parent company’s new rival to the streamer has put the idea of a resurrection in consideration as it fosters the likes of the already announced Jon Favreau produced Star Wars series too.
This is the first Marvel’s Defenders-related series to end its Netflix run after just two seasons. The third season of Marvel’s Daredevil drops to Netflix a week from today, on October 19th. Marvel’s Jessica Jones has also been renewed for season three, and according the the latest reports, a Netflix renewal for Marvel’s Luke Cage is expected soon.
What do you think? Are you a fan of Marvel’s Iron Fist TV series? If Disney picks it up for their new streaming service, will you pay to subscribe, so you can watch it? Sound off in the comments.