It's funny how two of the most derided properties connected to the Marvel Cinematic Universe, Inhumans and the first season of Iron Fist , were produced by Scott Buck. Iron Fist had multiple actors and characters that held promise with critics and fans, such as Jessica Henwick's Colleen Wing, and especially the breakout character of Ward Meachum played by Tom Pelphrey.
So, it was encouraging when the second season of Iron Fist got a new showrunner with Raven Metzner and attempted to address many of the show's criticisms while also focusing on what worked. It wasn't perfect, only getting marginally better reviews than the debut season, but the ending clearly held promise by making Colleen Wing the new Iron Fist and Finn Jones's Danny Rand duel wielding chi-powered pistols.
Unfortunately, Iron Fist , along with the rest of the Marvel Netflix series , was canceled and was left on a cliffhanger like so many other shows with some fans wondering what could have been. Fortunately, Finn Jones was given the opportunity to explain what was initially planned for some characters in the unproduced third season.
A DRAGON THAT NEVER SPREAD ITS WINGS
Speaking with Collider while promoting his Apple TV+ series Dickinson , Finn Jones was asked about what the next season of Iron Fist had planned for characters like Colleen Wing and Ward Meachum.
Jones explained that the third season was “already devised,” and that it had planned to have Danny Rand and Collen Wing form “this crazy power couple:”
“Raven [Metzner], who was the showrunner for the second season, and I were sure that there was gonna be a Season 3, so we had already devised the whole thing. I was so excited to get into that. It really was gonna be about Danny finally assuming the role of the Iron Fist, fully accomplished, fully charged up, and fully in control of his shit, as well. It was gonna be this amazing story [with] Danny and Ward off in foreign lands as a buddy storyline almost. And then, you had Colleen in New York, isolated with this new power, struggling to come to terms with her identity and with this power. At some point, we would have met again and probably formed this crazy power couple [or] superhero relationship.”
Jones lamented that it was a shame that the show was canceled just as it was reaching its full potential:
“Really, Season 3 just had so much promise and it's a shame to see it squandered and never get to reach its full potential.”
CONVERGING STORYLINES FROM CHINA TO NEW YORK
The structure that Jones described for the third season actually sounds pretty appealing, especially when the series seemed to be having shorter seasons compared to other Netflix series'. If they had kept up improving Danny Rand's character while also keeping the focus on fan favorites like Colleen and Ward, it certainly sounds like it could have been promising.
Iron Fist 's middling reception for the second season from critics likely contributed to its cancellation, but it seemed like an inevitability, considering that even Daredevil fell victim to Netflix's chopping block.
It's unlikely that Marvel Studios will continue this storyline , but maybe the studio might bring back some actors as other characters . It's a shame for the fans this series had, but hopefully, these characters won't be left to gather dust for too long.