Danny Rand (Finn Jones) may be the Iron Fist, but all signs are pointing to Colleen Wing (Jessica Henwick) as the real standout in Netflix’s new Marvel series, set to stream in just a week and a half.
While there’s been plenty of drama surrounding this show — between its similarities to The CW’s “Arrow” and the unfortunate whitewashed story, among other concerns — the above featurette shines a light on the Daughter of the Dragon: A character rich in comic-book history sure to make even bigger waves once “The Defenders” premieres.
Wing has a varied history throughout Marvel canon, first appearing in 1974’s “Marvel Premiere” #19. Since her debut in that superhero anthology series, her character’s become a staple across the “Iron Fist”/”Power Man” corner of the MCU, eventually becoming Danny Rand’s significant other — and more importantly, partnering with “Luke Cage” hero Misty Knight as the crimefighting duo “The Daughters of the Dragon.”
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It’s a given the story will play the romantic bond that brings Rand and Wing together, not that doing so really defends the show against its critiques — and most likely use it to help set up “The Defenders.” But what interests us more is the possibility for a further entry in the Marvel Netflix universe: Could Misty (Simone Missick) and Colleen join forces in “Iron Fist” and “Defenders”… or possibly even teasing their own standalone series?
“The Defenders” will have many moving parts to explore — Daredevil (Charlie Cox), Jessica Jones (Kristen Ritter), the Punisher (Jon Bernthal) and Luke Cage (Mike Colter) all have their own individual crosses to bear. And with the growing popularity of supporting heroes like Claire Temple (Rosario Dawson), Karen Page (Deborah Ann Woll) and Patsy Walker (Rachael Taylor), there’s more incentive than ever to give the Daughters of the Dragon their due.
Until we hear, though, we’ll just rest easy in the notion that “Iron Fist” and Netflix have a gameplan — to continue pushing the genre forward, and as always featuring strong and smartly written women along the way.
“Iron Fist” premieres all 13 episodes Friday, March 17 on Netflix.