Marvel’s next Netflix outing is just under a week away as Iron Fist is getting ready to drop next Friday, March 17. The show will be the fourth released by Marvel and Netflix following the successes they’ve had with Daredevil, Jessica Jones, and Luke Cage and features Finn Jones in the titular role. In the comics, Danny Rand usually wears a green martial arts outfit and a yellow mask to protect his identity while acting as a vigilante superhero.
Recently in an interview with SFX Magazine, showrunner Scott Buck touched on Iron Fist, discussing why we won’t see Danny Rand sporting a mask or costume in the upcoming season. Buck says,
“There was no good reason we could imagine to put Danny Rand in a costume. Because Danny Rand is still discovering who he is as a hero and where he is going to be, so he’s not yet ready to put on a mask or a costume. At the same time he is someone who is rather well known as a billionaire, so he can’t necessarily go out in public and do the things he does without being recognized. It does become an issue for the character.”
This isn’t really too much of a surprise or even a disappointment. Part of the reason the Marvel series released on Netflix have done so well is due to the fact that they feel grounded in reality. Luke Cage and Jessica Jones didn’t suit up in classic versions of their comic book costumes, though both shows did toss in slight nods to them. Even Matt Murdock didn’t adopt the classic red outfit in Daredevil until the closing moments of the first season.
With that said, Buck’s comments seem to leave things open for him to potentially appear in a costume of some sort eventually. After all, he does make a point of mentioning that because of his social status, fighting crime as himself brings on certain complications. Perhaps they’re saving that reveal for The Defenders series that is slated to release later this year.