San Diego Comic-Con is off to a pretty solid start. On Thursday, July 19th, we got a ton of new information about IRON FIST Season Two. We’ve got a new teaser trailer (featured above), a plot synopsis, character details, explanations of the clips shown to those present at the IRON FIST panel, and loads of other interesting tidbits of news. There’s a lot break down, so let’s get right to it!

The Trailer

Other than the synopsis, the new trailer for IRON FIST Season Two is probably the most important takeaway from the panel. It sets the season’s tone nicely; it feels like it’ll be a more dramatically action-packed season, with much better combat and choreography. Watching Danny knock the two goons he faces to the ground is abundantly satisfying. And, wouldn’t you know it, he actually used the Iron Fist.

The voiceover from Danny hints at Season Two’s plot. Danny mentions a “war brewing,” and that New York is now his city to protect. Of course, Matt Murdock asked Danny to act as the city’s protector at the end of THE DEFENDERS Season One. Good to see Danny is making good on his promise to Daredevil.

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Other than the action we see and the limited voiceover for Danny, we don’t see much else in this trailer. And, yet, I’m surprisingly hopeful for IRON FIST Season Two now. I always find it astounding how simple teaser trailers can sometimes do that. This teaser gives off a grittier tone than Season One. That, and the action looks awesome. Here’s hoping all of this sticks through the whole season.

The Synopsis

Of course, we don’t just have a small teaser trailer to gleam information from. Marvel was gracious enough to gift us, also, with a synopsis for IRON FIST Season Two.

Iron Fist Season 2 features ​Danny Rand (Finn Jones)​ ​as he fights against the criminal element corrupting New York City with his kung-fu mastery and ability to summon the awesome power of the fiery Iron Fist.

Season 2 furthers the transformation of Danny​, a character with a fish out of water coming of age story making his way in a harsh new world, battling to work out who he is. This season, Dann​y​ has promised that with Matt Murdock gone, he will step up and protect his city. ​But a sinister plot twist threatens his very identity ​and he must conquer his villains to protect the town and people he holds close to his heart.

​Marvel’s Iron Fist Season 2 stars Finn Jones (Danny Rand), Jessica Henwick (Colleen Wing), Sacha Dhawan (Davos), Tom Pelphrey (Ward Meachum), Jessica Stroup (Joy Meachum), Simone Missick (Misty Knight) and introduces Alice Eve (Mary Walker).

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What To Make Of The Synopsis

Now, on the surface, this may not seem like much, but there’s actually a lot we can gleam from this synopsis. Right off the bat, we know this season will have likely have a stronger, more fluid focus on Danny, as he grows to be a protector of New York.

We’ve already seen some solid development from him since THE DEFENDERS in LUKE CAGE Season Two. Should Danny continue the way he was when he teamed up with Luke, then I think everything should be okay. I’m actually pretty excited to just see Danny go toe-to-toe with more common criminals and thugs. That opens up so many possibilities for some more extended fight sequences.

Plus, it helps to bring the character back to his proper street-level feel. This “sinister plot” angle has me intrigued. We know Typhoid Mary will make an appearance, but to what end? What role will Davos play moving forward, too? Surely, not a helpful one for Danny. All of the hinting at a mysterious wicked force working in the background to tear Danny down has got me excited.

The Characters

Reading from the synopsis a bit more, we know, of course, all the show’s previous characters will be returning for IRON FIST Season Two (which is both good and bad (I’m looking at you, Meachums). We also know Simone Missick’s Misty Knight will be making an appearance (hopefully for more than just a cameo).

During the panel for IRON FIST Season Two, the cast teased some Daughters of the Dragon stuff, which is great! For those who don’t know, the Daughters of the Dragon is the name for the duo of Colleen Wing and Misty Knight. We already know these two have fantastic chemistry, given what we’ve seen in THE DEFENDERS and bits from LUKE CAGE Season Two. I’m all-in to see these two kick some more ass.

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The Daughters of the Dragon

The news of Alice Eve’s character being Mary Walker, aka Typhoid Mary, is huge! I’m especially excited about Alice Eve’s Typhoid Mary. This is a big villain for the street level heroes such as Daredevil and Iron Fist. She’s got some crazy psionic powers that could really play out well on TV.

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Alice Eve will take on the role of Typhoid Mary.

But, at the same time, they could also play out really cornily. I can easily imagine characters being foolishly being tossed around on-screen thanks to some crappy effects or stunt work. But, most of the effects for crazy powers have worked out fine thus far, so I’m hopeful Typhoid Mary will have a successful appearance on the show.

Better Fight Choreography

An interesting bit of news out of SDCC is that Clayton Barber handled the stunt coordination for IRON FIST Season Two. Clayton Barber worked on BLACK PANTHER, which had some pretty solid combat and fight sequences of its own. As I’m sure those of you who’ve watched IRON FIST Season One are aware, the season’s fight scenes were grossly underwhelming and lackluster. There was hardly any decent Kun-Fu in the Marvel kung-fu show. How does that happen?

With Barber aboard, my hopes are extraordinarily high. Judging from the teaser trailer, Barber’s pension for choreographic coordination seems to be paying off. The fighting, even in short bursts, already seems to be more potent and satisfying than what we’ve previously seen.

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Between Barber handling the stunts Two and Raven Metzner acting as the new showrunner, I’d say IRON FIST Season Two is in pretty good hands. According to Finn Jones, the new season is unlike “anything seen before”. Here’s hoping he’s right.

(I find there’s a lot of hoping involved for IRON FIST Season Two. Sorry if that’s getting annoying, but it’s all we’ve really got at this point.)

What Was Shown at San Diego Comic-Con?

During the IRON FIST panel at SDCC, the audience was lucky enough to see a few scenes from Season Two. They don’t appear to have been in any discernable order, in terms of when they took place in the season. It was mostly just an assortment of kick-ass fight scenes.

One of these scenes involved Danny taking down a large group of thugs. He apparently stops their truck by iron-fisting the shit out of it (sounds like Danny’s getting better at actually using his powers). With the truck taken down, Danny then easily cripples the enemy force, capping off the fight with an iron-fist punch to the ground.

Two clips involving the Daughters of the Dragon were shown. One showed Colleen and Misty fighting together, dealing with an unknown group of baddies. The two of them were shown fighting Typhoid Mary in another clip, which sounds epic!

Another clip showed Danny and Davos facing off to see who would go on to become the Immortal Iron Fist. In this clip, the two apparently donned their iconic masks, with the battle ending with both of them brutally bloodied. I’m eager to see this fight play out in full.

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Who else is ready to see the true Steel Serpent? Image courtesy of Marvel Entertainment.

What To Make of IRON FIST Season Two Thus Far

Marvel did surprisingly well with their presentation of IRON FIST Season Two at SDCC. I, for one, was very skeptical and disinterested in the show’s second season up until now. As I should have expected, Marvel has found a way to win me over once again, and I’m sure I’m not the only one who feels this way.

It seems to me that the heads at Netflix and Marvel working on IRON FIST have taken the first season’s criticisms into account and worked to fix what problems there were. Of course, I’m not expecting anything perfect, but I’m confident the show is headed in a good direction.

Danny has made some great progress as of late. He’s come a long way from being a spoiled, witless brat since IRON FIST Season One. And, with a (mostly) great cast of characters to look forward to seeing, I’m confident we’ll see some fine performances in IRON FIST Season Two.

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My two big needs for this season, though, are that Danny actually uses the Iron Fist more often than not and that he dons a freaking costume already. Seriously, I better not see Finn Jones just running around New York again in his civvies. I won’t be having it again, Marvel. No way.

Other than that, I’m actually very hopeful for IRON FIST Season Two. The panel at SDCC has helped win back my confidence in what this show could be.

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We won’t have to wait to see long to see if everything pays off in the end because IRON FIST Season Two comes out Friday, September 7th!

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