It seems the rumors of Iron Fist’s demise have been greatly exaggerated. The long-planned Netflix series has apparently found a showrunner, and Marvel has also revealed the first plot details for the final standalone series in its Defenders lineup.
The studio has reportedly tapped Dexter alum Scott Buck to lead the series, which will delve a bit deeper into the mystical (but still street-level) corner of the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU). Buck is an accomplished television producer and looks to be a good fit for the tone Marvel and Netflix have established with Daredevil and Jessica Jones. His hire hasn't been confirmed, but it's being reported by multiple sources.
The network has also revealed the first (albeit brief) plot synopsis. Check it out below:
Returning to New York City after being missing for years, Daniel Rand fights against the criminal element corrupting New York City with his incredible kung-fu mastery and ability to summon the awesome power of the fiery Iron Fist.
It’s amazing to think we’re this close to seeing Iron Fist brought to life in live action, and with a showrunner (apparently) set, we’d imagine casting news should be coming our fairly soon. The network is already hard at work shooting the Luke Cage series (along with Season 2 of Daredevil), so Iron Fist will likely be picking up steam quickly.
Of course, this news seems to refute the lingering (unfounded) rumors that Marvel might pull the plug on Iron Fist in favor of a shorter project (i.e. a TV movie). If anything, it seems Marvel is sticking with the plan laid out a few years ago, and Iron Fist should hit the small screen in a year or so.