Netflix Iron Fist Status

Netflix Boss Offers Iron Fist Status, Eyes Annual Limit for Marvel Releases

The fourth of Netflix’s originally announced Marvel standalone series is inching closer to reality.

Following his Sunday appearance at the Television Critics Association winter press tour, Netflix content chief Ted Sarandos said that the casting of Iron Fist is “in progress.”

Otherwise known as Danny Rand, the supernaturally enhanced hero wields a mystical force known as the Iron Fist, which allows him to laser-focus his chi and, for example, briefly render his fist superhumanly powerful.

Marvel’s Iron Fist is the last of Netflix’s originally announced hero series to take shape, following Daredevil (which releases Season 2 on March 18), Jessica Jones (which just scored a Season 2 pickup) and Luke Cage (starring Mike Colter). Sarandos was mum on TVLine’s report that upcoming Daredevil adversary The Punisher is due for his own spinoff.

Although a release date for Luke Cage has yet to be announced, it likely will be sometime this year, thus fulfilling what Sarandos sees as the ideal annual output for Marvel fare.

“It’s certainly possible” to release more than two in a year, he said, “but these [Marvel series] are produced on a scale of a major film. So there are long production times and long post times. And in some cases we have character crossovers, which makes it a little difficult to manage production. It’s not the goal to put out more than one or two a year.”

Marvel TV boss Jeph Loeb told Adweek at TCA that following Luke Cage‘s eventual debut, Iron Fist Season 1, Jessica Jones Season 2 or the team-up series The Defenders are among the candidates to be next in queue.

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16 Comments
  1. Matt says:

    I’d say one a quarter is better. :) But I’m greedy

    • ABG says:

      I’d like 3. That way we wouldn’t have to wait more than a year or so between seasons of each.

    • Dr. M says:

      Agreed. We’re talking about 6 series still to come. That’s 3 years before they’re done and that’s assuming no other renewals, spin-offs or team ups.

  2. Ian says:

    I think 3 a year would be ideal, so they can give us 2 new seasons of already established shows like Daredevil and now Jessica Jones, and then the premieres still to come. 3 falls between falling behind and moving too fast.
    Not much of an Iron Fist update.

  3. johnhelvete says:

    Hey Netflix.
    If you want to lower production costs, shorter production times or shorter post, do fewer than 13 episodes. It is not like most of your 13 episode a season shows would not benefit by doing 2 fewer episodes a season.

  4. El S Boy says:

    With 5 show (or 6 with The Punisher), 2 a year is clearly not enough based solely on periodicity,
    people won’t wait 2/3year to see the next season very long…

    • rinaex says:

      Yes they will.

    • dysturbed says:

      Did you mean that people won’t want to wait or that they won’t wait? If it’s the latter, of course we’ll wait, because we’d have no choice.

      I know that they’re shows and not movies, but if we can wait years for the next installments of certain superhero movie series, while hopefully enjoying what we get in between, we can certainly do so with the Netflix shows.

    • Drinksalot says:

      BBC’s Sherlock?

  5. Luli says:

    So can we have JJ 2 next…?

  6. BlueSkyy says:

    Has anyone from Netflix or Marvel spoken with Jason Statham about joining the MCU as Danny Rand/Iron Fist? He would be an amazing fit for the character and I’m sure he would be open to it if there was a Producer tag attached.

  7. rcb918 says:

    I’m hoping they change that soon-ish, because I think that’s a terrible idea. Waiting about a year between seasons is fine, but much more than that and it seems rude to fans. If it were something like Fargo, or American Horror Story with a new cast, that would be one thing. But taking each season and limiting the amount put out a year is a bad idea. I’d like to see them do like the Marvel films and steadily increase the amount. Eventually, I’d love to see them release a season every two months or so.

  8. Dr. M says:

    Anyone else wondering how available the actors will continue to be? Btw, we’ve renewed your series. We’ll call you in 2 years.

  9. 2016 – Daredevil Season 2 & Luke Cage. 2017 – Iron Fist & Defenders. 2018 – Daredevil Season 3 & Luke Cage Season 2. 2019 – Iron Fist Season 2 & Jessica Jones Season 2. 2020 – Defenders Season 2 & Punisher. 2021 – Iron Fist Season 3 & She-Hulk. 2022 – Jessica Jones Season 3, Moon Knight & Luke Cage Season 3. 2023 – Blade, Defenders Season 3 & Punisher Season 2. 2024 – Ghost Rider, Defender Season 4 & TBA

  10. DJ says:

    I think the defenders will be more of an event series (or at least that’s how they presented it at first) so picture it being like a long movie, probably like 3, 1 hour episodes or something like that. so I think think they can throw it into a year, and still contain 2 marvel series in that same year..

    DareDevil S2, Spring 2016
    Luke Cage S1,Fall 2016
    Iron Fist S1, Spring 2017
    Jessica Jones S2, Fall 2017
    (Jessica jones might get the spring 2017 slot since it’s already cast)

    Defenders Event Winter 2017-2018