Well, color me as excited as possible. I was one of those who were incredibly disappointed we didn’t get to see the classic Iron Fist costume during the first season. It seems, however, that this is all going to change for season two. Iron First actor Finn Jones addressed the topic in a recent interview with Den of Geek.
The comments he states make sense, and they are centered around Danny’s maturity as the Iron Fist character. He didn’t know who he was during the season, and spent the time growing into the role so to speak. We saw this during the first season of Daredevil as well, with that costume not showing up until the very end. Jones commented on the costume by saying:
“The thing with all of these shows is not that we’re shy to bring the costumes. It’s that we want them to feel authentic when it does happen. Danny’s on this journey to understanding what his responsibility is. And throughout all of [Iron Fist] season 1, he was in no state of mind to put a suit on. That would’ve been ridiculous because he was not fully accomplished as the Iron Fist yet and he certainly didn’t have the right or the responsibility to be putting on a superhero costume. He needs to work his shit out. And certainly by the end of The Defenders, it will feel right.”
That last line give it away, but that’s ok with me. Other than the maturity issue, Danny Rand will also have the identity issue to deal with. Everyone will know who he is now, so he can’t just go running around lighting up people with his fist. The costume makes sense from a logistical stand point in order to hide his identity from the public. Season one of Iron Fist saw Danny go up against Madame Gao and others centered only around him. The entire city of New York will fall in The Defenders if the team does not win, and this puts civilians into the fold. After all, New York residents aren’t going to just not see four superheroes running all over the city.
With only eight episodes in The Defenders, fans will get the appetite satisfied sooner rather than later. Other than Shou-Lao, the dragon that Danny received his powers from, the classic costume is the most requested feature in the second season. We caught a glimpse of Shou-Lao’s eyes at the end of season one, but it doesn’t seem like we’ll be getting a look at the full dragon at all.
All eight episodes of The Defenders will be available on August 18th, 2017 beginning at 3 AM est. Season 2 of Iron Fist was announced as well, but no release date has been confirmed. Raven Metzner will take over as Showrunner, as Scott Buck is now working on Marvel’s Inhumans on ABC.
Take a look at the newest trailer for The Defenders from San Diego Comic Con below