So now I’ve gotta a reason to subscribe to Netflix and of course at least four to five weeks of ‘Brief Histories’ sorted because this week Disney announced that they’re teaming up with Netflix to produce four superhero shows which would lead into a short mini-series called the Defenders.
The defenders will consist of Daredevil, Iron fist, Luke Cage and Jessica Jones. So for today’s ‘Brief History’ I’m going to kick off with my favourite one, Iron Fist.
So Danny Rand’s father Wendell came from the mystical city of K’un-Lun which existed in another dimension. After being kicked out with a disagreement with his brother he went to America and became a successful businessman. Along the way he gained a business partner called Harold Meachum and a wife called Heather.
Back when Danny was 9, his dad decided to return to K’un-Lun. To do this they had to travel to the mountains of Tibet to a dimensional portal. So Wendell, Danny, Heather, and Harold made their way across the mountains but complications ensued and Danny’s parents were killed as Harold decided he wanted full control over the company.
Harold got away but Danny was alone and was eventually took in by inhabitants of K’un-Lun.
Under the watchful eye of Lei Kung, Danny was instructed in martial arts. At the age of 19 he was granted the power of the Iron Fist after battling the dragon Shou-Lao. The power he received from the dragon enhanced any blows he struck, thus he joined a long legacy of warriors before him.
Danny returned to America soon afterwards to track Meachum, Meachum however had suffered severe frostbite and Rand spared him, though soon afterwards Meachum was killed by a ninja and Iron Fist was blamed, Rand quickly discovered who did it and cleared his name.
Iron Fist has had a number of team affiliations.
He worked as part of the Heroes for Hire group with best friend Luke Cage. The group was basically the Avengers, but they work for money. Iron Fist has regularly teamed up with the Avengers as well. During the Civil War, Danny impersonated Daredevil to make seem like Matt Murdock wasn’t Daredevil.
He was even captured by pro-registration forces as part of the charade and called Stark a ‘Judas’ for his actions.