What to expect if ‘Iron Fist’ gets renewed for season 2


After the critical acclaim and success of Daredevil, Jessica Jones, and Luke Cage, Marvel was probably not expecting such a mixed reaction to Iron Fist. The first season was met by a decidedly tepid response by both critics and fans alike. Yet even with such a negative reception, Iron Fist was still Netflix’s most binged drama.

Although Marvel has yet to commit to Iron Fist season 2, the character’s status as a key member of The Defenders (likely to premiere Aug. 18) and healthy viewership makes the continuation of the show seem inevitable.

Iron Fist season 2 cast

No major casting announcements have been made at this time. You can still likely expect to see Finn Jones (Danny Rand/Iron Fist), Jessica Henwick (Colleen Wing), Tom Pelphrey (Ward Meachum), and Jessica Stroup (Joy Meachum) to return in lead roles. Rosario Dawson continues to play a pivotal supporting role as Claire Temple in each of Netflix’s Defenders shows, so expect to see her back as well.

On the villain side, Wai Ching Ho will almost assuredly return as the villainous Gao, including a likely appearance from Ramón Rodríguez as Bakuto.

Iron Fist season 2 plot

We don’t know much about Iron Fist season 2’s potential plot yet, in part because it will likely depend on whatever happens to Danny Rand in The Defenders. One of the chief complaints about season 1 was that it moved too slow and focused too much on corporate drama instead of delivering on action. That’s something Marvel and Netflix will likely keep in mind when (and if) they decided to greenlight another round of episodes. Based on Iron Fist’s adventures so far, however, season 2 will surely deal with the fallout from K’un-Lun, the mystical secret city where Danny got his training. 

Iron Fist season 2 theories

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At the end of season 1, Danny and Colleen return to K’un-Lun to find it all but gone, presumably a consequence of him abandoning his guard post in the first episode. This will most definitely get expounded upon in season 2, including whether The Hand had a role in K’un-Lun’s disappearance… or perhaps it was another mysterious force altogether.

The season finale also set up Joy Meachum as a potential villainous force, consulting with Danny’s former friend turned potential rival Davos (Sacha Dhawan). Madame Gao overheard the conversation, so it’s possible the finale was setting up for Gao to reverse roles and act as Danny’s ally, and not foe, in season 2.

In the comics, Danny Rand’s Iron Fist is a hero for hire. He is famous for routinely teaming up with Luke Cage to take out targets for clients. With such a mediocre response to the first season, it seems possible Marvel might write the more popular Luke Cage into Iron Fist’s season 2 as a supporting character. A “hero for hire” arc leaves room for a myriad of storytelling possibilities now that the origin story is out of the way.

It may also provide Danny with more interesting adversaries than The Hand or the Meachums. Bakuto will most likely return in some form or another, as he mysteriously vanished after Colleen defeated him in battle. With The Hand serving as underwhelming and generic villains in the first season, the prospect of Iron Fist and Luke Cage tackling different adversaries, such as maybe French mercenary Batroc, could make up for that.

Danny also crossed paths with Mariah Dillard in the comics, giving more credence to the theory Luke Cage could play a supporting role in season 2. Played by Alfre Woodard in Luke Cage, Mariah’s addition to Iron Fist as an adversary could only be seen as an improvement.

Iron Fist season 2 trailer

With the show still in renewal limbo, we’re a ways off from a trailer for Iron Fist season 2. Netflix did release a small clip from The Defenders, however, giving us our first real glimpse at Danny interacting with the rest of the Defenders for the first time. 

Iron Fist season 2 release date

There is not yet a release date for Iron Fist season 2. With The Defenders likely premiering Aug. 18, The Punisher season 1 just wrapping up filming, and a third season of Daredevil aiming to start by the end of this year, we probably won’t get season 2 until late 2018 or 2019 at the earliest. 

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