Marvel TV Explains Why 'Iron Fist' Season Two Has a New Showrunner

Friday, 28 July 2017 - 12:05PM
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Friday, 28 July 2017 - 12:05PM
Marvel TV Explains Why 'Iron Fist' Season Two Has a New Showrunner
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It's hard to argue with the fact that Netflix's Iron Fist ended up being a dud. Early casting backlash proved to be only the tip of the iceberg with this show, as its awkward pacing and lackluster fight scenes left even the most die-hard fans feeling cool towards Danny Rand and his adventures. For Season Two, original showrunner Scott Buck has been replaced by Raven Metzner, who is most famous for his work on the Sleepy Hollow television series. Speaking in a recent interview, though, the head of Marvel Television, Jeff Loeb, insists that this change of leadership won't be reflected in the show's tone and focus:

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"What happened, really very simply, was Scott Buck was on Inhumans, and we were delighted to get another order from Netflix and knew that Scott was not going to be available to us. We set out to find a new showrunner. Raven came in, told us a story and we thought, 'That's the next epic adventure for this character' and got very excited about it...When you look at something like Daredevil, which is easily accessible, if you ask people what's your favorite Daredevil story, they go, 'Well, I'm a Frank Miller fan,' or 'I'm a Brian Michael Bendis fan' or 'I'm an Ed Brubaker fan. Writers have come in and told their particular view of what that character could be...It's not that we want the audience to get whiplash. It really does need to feel like this is the next chapter of what's going to happen to Danny Rand and we're really looking forward to it."
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Certainly, the decision to put Scott Buck on Inhumans to begin with suggests that Marvel had every faith in his work on Iron Fist leading up to the show's release. As an ABC network piece with an (oddly inexplicable) IMAX premiere, Inhumans is one of, if not the biggest thing on Marvel Television's horizon at present, so being given the chance to work on this show must have felt like a step up for Buck. At the same time, though, it's hard not to rejoice to hear that we'll be getting someone else in charge of Season Two of Iron Fist. Were it not for the continued need to build up the Defenders as a group, it wouldn't be surprising if Iron Fist quietly disappeared altogether after its disappointing release—the only reason this show is even getting a second chance is because Danny Rand now has friends in high places within the gritty underbelly of the MCU.



Marvel television, unlike most studios, can't really afford to let a big flop go uncorrected—it hurts the brand as a whole. As such, for all that Jeff Loeb is eager to insist that Scott Buck's departure from the show is just a coincidence, it's certainly one that the studio can take advantage of. Something about what Raven Metzner has planned for Iron Fist is really exciting to Loeb, and it's safe to assume that this time around the fight scenes will be plotted a little more carefully, and extra work will go into overcoming the story issues that plagued the first season.

Whether it'll be enough to save Iron Fist's reputation remains to be seen, but with The Defenders seemingly leaning heavily into the idea of Danny Rand being mocked by his fellow heroes for being a bit of a useless screw-up, there's a good opportunity for an underdog tale in the making. This might have been the plan for the character all along, so here's hoping that Raven Metzner manages to realize this side of a story in a way that fixes Scott Buck's mistakes. As for Buck, he's probably facing some pressure at the moment as well: Inhumans looks pretty terrible based on everything we've seen of it thus far, and considering how dubious Marvel fans are of the whole project, it's unlikely that the big IMAX release will end well.

Iron Fist Season Two is expected to premiere on Netflix in 2019.
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