Liking Netflix’s Iron Fist isn’t rational. But it it would be in-character.
This podcast contains adult language and spoilers for Captain America: Civil War, Daredevil season 2, Independence Day, Iron Fist season 1, Iron Man 3, Jessica Jones season 1, Luke Cage season 1, Metal Gear Solid 2: Sons of Liberty, Quigley Down Under, Stranger Things season 1, Tomb Raider: Underworld, and the first X-Men movie.
0:23 – Created by Roy Thomas and Gil Kane, Iron Fist made his first appearance in 1974’s Marvel Premiere #15.
0:54 – The third and most relevant Black Knight is Dane Whitman, a modern descendant of Marvel’s first Black Knight, Sir Percy of Scandia, who was a knight of King Arthur’s court. Having inherited his ancestor’s magical Ebony Blade, Whitman joins the Avengers to restore honor to his family name after his uncle, the second Black Knight, had died in the course of a supervillain career. Dane Whitman first appeared in The Avengers #47 in 1967, written by Roy Thomas and drawn by John Buscema.
0:59 – The professor was the second Black Knight, though he shunned the advice of Sir Percy’s ghost when he embarked on his career in costumed crime.
1:08 – Here we’re talking about Power Man and Iron Fist (vol. 3), which launched in 2016 under the pen of writer David Walker and the pencil of artist Sanford Greene.
2:29 – PK’s referring to the Seven Capital Cities of Heaven. Created by Ed Brubaker and Matt Fraction in their 2007 run on Immortal Iron Fist, these are seven cities, each hidden in a remote corner of the Earth, each a bastion of martial arts protected by one of the seven martial arts masters called the Immortal Weapons – one of which is, of course, the Iron Fist.
2:39 – Whoops. Lei Kung the Thunderer is Iron Fist’s human mentor. The dragon he fought is Shou-Lao the Undying.
4:14 – We’re referring to Indestructible by Japanese group Exile.
7:50 – That was a reference to The Dark Knight Rises.
11:15 – The guy in question is Lewis Tan in the role of Zhou Cheng.
12:37 – The character is Sir Roderick Ponce Von Fontlebottom the Magnificent Bastard, and his blunderbuss is named Mirabelle.
13:17 – I highly recommend Tony Zhou’s Every Frame a Painting episode on Jackie Chan.
14:01 – It’s from 1982’s Dragon Lord.
19:07 – The Defenders would confirm that Daredevil went into semi-retirement after Elektra’s death in the second season of Daredevil.
20:45 – Credit where credit’s due: the actress in question is Hong Kong native Wai Ching Ho.
27:09 – That’s actress Jessica Hecht.
29:13 – I’m referring to this scene from the very first X-Men movie.
32:31 – That was a reference to the totally inappropriate theme song from the anime series Berserk.
42:39 – The role of Davos was ably played by British actor Sacha Dhawan.
46:44 – PK’s probably referring to infamous air hijacker D. B. Cooper.
52:12 – This theory turned out to be less than prescient.
53:52 – For years, Superman’s archfoe Lex Luthor casually wore a ring with a Kryptonite jewel, so that Supes would never be able to get near him. It turns out that although Superman gets it much worse than humans, Kryptonite is as a general principle radioactive, and long-term exposure to the ring gave Lex terminal cancer.
54:36 – The now-iconic Guardians of the Galaxy team of Star-Lord, Drax, Gamora, Rocket, and Groot – as depicted in the first film – was assembled by Dan Abnett for the 2008 Annihilation: Conquest event, quickly spinning off into their own relaunched Guardians series.
1:03:59 – If you go by their Marvel Database page, Rand Corporation seems to specialize primarily in trying to kill Iron Fist. The company is also referred to as a “research and investment enterprise.” It’s worth mentioning that Iron Fist’s first comic arc had him fighting Harold Meachum over control of the Rand Corporation. Although Danny eventually declined to kill Harold, he was framed for Harold’s murder at the hands of the Ninja, causing Harold’s daughter, Joy, to swear vengeance.