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Ryan Phillippe was a guest on the Howard Stern show and he hinted at something Marvel movie and TV fans will find interesting. The actor spoke with Marvel about a series on Netflix. While nothing is confirmed, Ivan Ong’s twitter feed is going crazy about the chances that Phillippe met with executives over the Iron Fist series. The character of Danny “Iron Fist” Rand is the only hero that has not been cast yet. Obviously, Marvel has to move quick since the Netflix series is going to debut within a year or so.
Iron Fist is an interesting character. The martial arts hero debuted in the 1970’s at the height of the kung fu movie boom. Sales were weak and Iron Fist’s comic book was cancelled. The hero was teamed with Luke Cage (then given the silly name Power Man) when the two characters’ books were combined.
Power Man & Iron Fist was a popular book for a time. Eventually, both Iron Fist and Luke Cage became lesser characters in the Marvel Universe appearing mostly in team books. Now, both are being selected for solo series on Netflix. Iron Fist, Luke Cage, Jessica Jones, and Daredevil will all come together at one point to form The Defenders.
For right now, the roles have to be cast and Iron Fist was the only one left. If Phillippe is cast in the role, this would be an inspired choice. He would be a great selection.