In the Marvel comic books, Colleen Wing is the best friend and crime fighting partner of Misty Knight. Knight, portrayed by Simone Missick, is a main character in this show, "The Defenders (2017)," and "Luke Cage (2016)."
In the comics, Ward Meachum (Tom Pelphrey) is the uncle of Joy Meachum (Jessica Stroup), but in the series they are brother and sister.
The "Iron Fist" comic book series was originally inspired by the success of the "Kung Fu (1972)" television series. The hidden land of K'un L'un was inspired by various stories, including James Hilton's "Lost Horizon" and tales of Tibet. Much of the original series was inspired by the Golden Age Centaur Comics character Amazing Man, who was a westerner who gained super abilities while studying in a hidden Tibet-like land. Amazing Man, as his civilian identity of John Aman, was added to "Iron Fist" continuity in the "Immortal Iron Fist" series.
Rosario Dawson is the only actress to appear in four of the Marvel Cinematic Universe shows on Netflix: Daredevil (2015), Jessica Jones (2015), Luke Cage (2016), and Iron Fist (2017) (as well as the crossover series, The Defenders (2017)).
Despite the criticism of Danny Rand being played by a Caucasian actor, the Danny Rand in the comics was indeed Caucasian with blond hair and green eyes. Even so, the "Iron Fist" comics were inspired by Kung Fu (1972), wherein a white actor played a half-Chinese character.
The character of Iron Fist was introduced in 1974 in Marvel Premiere #15 by Roy Thomas and Gil Kane. This was around the same time the Kung Fu movie genre was rising due to the popularity of Bruce Lee (who passed away a year earlier). Iron Fist's philosophy parallels Lee's in that one must focus his/her mind (Lee famously said, "Empty your mind and be like water.") in order to control your body and power. An example of this is Bruce Lee's famous "One-Inch Punch" where he could generate explosive power from a punch traveling a short distance. Iron Fist performs a similar feat when he harnesses his Chi to also generate explosive power to get through tough obstacles.
Throughout the series, Claire Temple (Rosario Dawson) says "Sweet Christmas", which is Luke Cage's catchphrase.
Big Al's philosophy about farming being "The Worst Mistake in the History of the Human Race" is not the ranting of the deranged mind of a homeless man. It actually comes from a 1987 paper of the same name by noted American scientist Jared Diamond, and makes the case that modern ills such as pandemics, war, sexism, and social stratification, among other things, can all be traced back to humanity's adoption of agriculture.
According to the review aggregator Rotten Tomatoes, this series received the largest second season increase of reviews since the site started recording television reviews, with a 31% increase.
The Iron Fist previous to Danny Rand was Orson Randall, a combat veteran of World War I that used "gun fu" (as opposed to Kung fu).
Iron Fist's most well-known partner in the comics is Luke Cage, who also has his own show on Netflix (Luke Cage (2016)). In both the comics and the show, Iron Fist's original working partner is Colleen Wing.
Finn Jones trained for four hours daily before filming began, doing two hours of martial arts training and two hours of weightlifting. For his physical look, Jones said he did not want to bulk up. He wanted a very "toned and athletic" look rather than a "muscle-bound gym rat" look.
Rand Enterprises' lawyer Jeri Hogarth reveals that five dollars would buy exactly two seconds of her time, meaning she earns $9,000 per hour. Assuming she works a standard work week, she would earn $17,000,000 a year.
The episode titles in season one all refer to moves in the Shaolin style of Kung Fu.
In the second season, Misty Knight says that the police code 616 is for a call regarding a suspected person with powers. In the Marvel multiverse, Earth-616 is the original prime universe.
This series, "Daredevil (2015)," "Jessica Jones (2015)," and "Luke Cage (2016)" were all proposed to Netflix together, along with the plan to create the crossover "The Defenders (2017)" miniseries.
Finn Jones and Jessica Henwick were both on the TV series "Game of Thrones (2011)."
Finn Jones was about to depart Belfast International Airport after having just completed his very last stint on "Game of Thrones (2011)" when he received an email on his phone requesting an audition for a major role in this series.
The lobby of Harold Meachum's penthouse is that of the General Electric Building, located at 570 Lexington Avenue, in Midtown Manhattan. Originally known as the "RCA Electric Building," this "sumptuous and exuberant" example of the Art Deco style was designed by John W. Cross in 1931 (AIA Guide to New York, 2010).
Episode 6, "Immortal Emerges From Cave," was directed by RZA. RZA is a member of the hip-hop group Wu-Tang Clan and created many of their signature beats, which include samples from several legendary kung fu movies. RZA also wrote, directed and starred in the feature film The Man with the Iron Fists (2012). Coincidentally, Dave Bautista was also featured in that movie and would go on to star as Drax in Guardians of the Galaxy (2014) and its sequel, which is part of the Marvel Cinematic Universe that now includes the character Iron Fist.
Series showrunner Scott Buck admitted that he was "rather reluctant" to join the series and that what first began to warm him up to the idea of working on the project was seeing just how great and successful "Daredevil (2015)" ended up being. Basically, he wanted to make sure it was not just a comic book show and that there could be a wealth of character development.
Jeri Hogarth (female) in the series is based on Jeryn Hogarth (male) in the comics.
Lewis Tan initially auditioned for the role of Danny Rand/Iron Fist before being cast as Zhou Cheng.
Many of the wide shots throughout the show, both inside and outside, focus on balance and symmetry in the construction of the scene. Gao herself mentions Feng Shui once in the show.
When it was revealed that Alice Eve would be playing Typhoid Mary for the show's second season, she gave a fan a kiss on the cheek for guessing correctly.
On October 12, 2018, Marvel's "Iron Fist" was cancelled by Netflix after two seasons.
Iron Fist was trained in the land of K'un Lun, along with a few other heroes from the comics.
Ray Park was rumored to be Danny Rand/Iron Fist in 2002 after his appearances in "Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace (1999)" and "X-Men (2000)," when there was talk about the possibility to make a movie about the superhero.
The character Scythe played by David Sakurai is actually the first real super villain Iron Fist ever faced in the comics, from his second appearance in Marvel Premiere.
In Season 1, Episode 9, as Danny is walking away from a conversation with Joy, you can clearly hear a man shouting, "Hey! I'm walkin' here!" This line was famously ad-libbed by Dustin Hoffman in "Midnight Cowboy (1969)," as he was nearly hit by a car passing during filming.
Alain Moussi, Christian Howard, Luke Bracey, and Erryn Arkin were all considered for the role of Danny Rand/Iron Fist.
"Iron Fist" (2017) had the lowest Rotten Tomatoes critic rating of any of the Marvel Netflix superhero shows.
This was the second television show starring Finn Jones and Jessica Henwick to feature a character named Davos. The first was Game of Thrones (2011).
Both Finn Jones and Sacha Dhawan have ties to the "Doctor Who" franchise. Jones played the grandson of former companion Jo Grant in the "Death of the Doctor" episode of The Sarah Jane Adventures (2007), while Dhawan played the director Waris Hussein in the TV movie An Adventure in Space and Time (2013) and O/The Master in the twelfth series of Doctor Who (2005).
Finn Jones (Danny Rand/Iron Fist) and Sacha Dhawan (Davos/Silver Serpent) have both appeared in the Doctor Who universe. Jones appeared in the Doctor Who spin-off The Sarah Jane Adventures, playing Santiago Jones, grandchild to Third Doctor companion Jo Jones nee' Grant. On the other hand, Dhawan plays the current (as of 2020) incarnation of the Master, the Doctor's arch-enemy. Coincidentally, both Jo Grant and the Master made their debut in the same story, 1971's Terror of the Autons. Additionally, Dhawan also played Doctor Who's first director, Warris Hussein in the 2013 docudrama An Adventure in Space and Time. As a final coincidence, the name Davos is very similar to the name of another Doctor Who villain: Davros.