Marvel Finally Letting Iron Fist Punch his Way onto the Big Screen

Rejoice, fans of Marvel Comics’ kung fu heroes! Marvel Studios have just hired screenwriter Rich Wilkes to pen a live-action adaptation of their comic book “Iron Fist” for the big screen.

Okay, okay, so Wilkes’ biggest film to date has been writing the first “xXx” movie with Vin Diesel, which, let’s face it, was somewhere between okay and just stupid. Nevertheless, the fact that Marvel has even paid money to a writer to begin adapting the property means there’s finally movement on the project, which is a very good thing. And honestly, every script gets rewritten at least once (or a couple dozen times) before it reaches the screen anyway…

For those unfamiliar with the character, Iron Fist is Danny Rand, the latest in a long line of mortals to wield the Iron Fist power, forged from the heart of the dragon Shou-Lao in the mythical city of K’un L’un. Basically, lots of Chinese/Tibetan imagery/mythos are the order of the day, with the end result being Rand wielding the Iron Fist to fight crime and other assorted mythical baddies in modern-day New York City. Lots and lots of kung-fu fighting ensue.

The last time an “Iron Fist” movie was this close to getting made, there were rumblings that Marvel wanted “X-Men” star Ray Park to play the character, but alas nothing ever came out of that.

The question is, with Iron Fist headed to the big screen, will Luke Cage be far behind? Let’s hope not.

Power Man and Iron Fist. Taking down bad guys with their fists and daring wardrobe.

Added: Check out this “Iron Fist” fan film from a few years back:



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  • Anonymous

    I’m surprised it’s taken this long for an “Iron Fist” movie to gain some momentum. I would’ve figured Marvel would’ve gotten this out immediately after “Blade,” “The Matrix,” and “Crouching Tiger” managed to get martial arts movies more into mainstream America

  • http://www.originalgeekspodcast.com/ Dedpool aka Jiinx

    I have a few rules for making this I think marvel should heed (yeah right)
    Rule #1: If we’re going to get a non martial artist to play Danny Rand/Iron Fist he needs to train, very very hard. 6+ months minimum.
    Rule #2: Start with him established in the city as a crime fighter, but have flashbacks to the more important parts of his origin or do it in the opening credits.
    Rule #3: Base it slightly off the “7 Capital Cities of Heavens” story arc from his last series. It’s part “Mortal Kombat,” part Wu Xia flick.
    Rule #4: A cameo of Misty Knight and Colleen Wing would be awesome (and maybe Luke Cage too if he hasn’t already gotten his own film by then).
    Rule #5: Use his updated uniform with the Ninja tabby boots and the colorless shirt. Also use his updated power set. He can do alot more than punch through steel now. And include Orson Randal and the Legacy of Iron Fist.

  • http://www.beyondhollywood.com/ Nix

    I actually would like to see Iron Fist not even touch that whole “crime fighting” thing and get into the more mythical/world-saving plots instead. That’s what will make it really different from all the other superheroes like Daredevil, Spider-Man, etc.

  • http://www.originalgeekspodcast.com/ Dedpool aka Jiinx

    That’s why I said start it there and then go to K’un Lun. I would just have it establish that this is what he’s done with the power since coming back to the normal world, but now the mystical world is calling him back. Like saying that’s great ou’re using your powers for good, but THIS is what the Iron Fist is for, to be the champion of K’un L’un and defeat the champions of the other cities. I don’t want it to be about the street crime stuff either. Just start in the real world to give us a basis for how fantastic K’un L’un and such will be.

  • ULIK

    This is incredible news! I see this hitting some mystical and very grounded levels. Mysticism & Martial Arts mixed with gritty realism BUT WITH AN “EPIC” feel. It looks like both Iron Fist & Luke Cage will get their own movies first then come together for a “Heroes for Hire” movie. I agree with Nix too this should be on a level that is World/Saving and Epic. Then when Iron Fist enters Luke Cage’s deadly & gritty world, they both would have elements that are needed of each other to solve a problem of even more EPIC proportions. I’d love to see The Punisher make a cameo in one of their movies too.

  • http://www.originalgeekspodcast.com/ Dedpool aka Jiinx

    Hey it just hit me. What does anyone think about terry Crews as Luke Cage? I mean yeah idris Elba bulked up would be perfect but in case that doesn’t happen, I like Crews. And then I’d say Michael Jai White, or Morris Chestnut (he’d have to bulk up again).

  • microcosm

    ya know, comic book movies are becoming a pestilence out there….but the ONE thing that could make this (yawn) idea possibly work would be to have Ray Park star in it…

  • http://www.originalgeekspodcast.com/ Dedpool aka Jiinx

    I like Ray, but his time for the role has passed. Scott Adkins should play Danny. That said Ray SHOULD be in the film as a villain. Perhaps Davos, The Steel Serpent, arch enemy of Iron Fist and a bad ass himself. I really liked the new series and will get the last two trades and the Immortal Weapons spinoff. I’ve read them though. They definitely can do something with this now.

  • ULIK

    A lot of people out there like Terry Crews for LC and I can see why but to me,they need an actor that is Strong and Powerful looking as well as charming,intelligent,calculating and handsome(woman magnet). Unfortunately Terry Crews is not a handsome guy and he doesn’t have a superheroic look. I’d love to see Terry Crews in the movie though but not as LC. There aren’t that many prominent black superheroes out there so lets at least get a great actor that’s at least attractive to the ladies.

    • http://www.originalgeekspodcast.com/ Dedpool aka Jiinx

      To me that’s Elba or Chestnut. Both are good actors and both are good looking guys (Chestnut could even be considered a pretty boy). Still say White too but he’s not as accomplished an actor.

  • ULIK

    Sorry for the typo,I meant Ryan Phillipe.

    • http://www.originalgeekspodcast.com/ Dedpool aka Jiinx

      Was not aware of that about Phillipe. He could work. Really could.

    • http://www.originalgeekspodcast.com/ Dedpool aka Jiinx

      Was not aware of that about Phillipe. He could work. Really could.

    • http://www.originalgeekspodcast.com/ Dedpool aka Jiinx

      Was not aware of that about Phillipe. He could work. Really could.