by Ryan Rigley
Today marks the release of "The Man With the Iron Fists," written and directed by RZA of the Wu-Tang Clan. Produced by Eli Roth, the film stars a number of big name actors including the likes of Russell Crowe, Lucy Liu, and even RZA himself. Taking place in nineteenth century China, a group of warriors and assassins must band together in order to protect their community.
For Marvel fans, however, the words "Iron Fist" trigger thoughts of a different man: Daniel Rand, one of the greatest martial artists in the entire Marvel universe. Drawing his power from a dragon named Shou-Lao the undying, Iron Fist has since forged himself into a living weapon. Kind of like RZA in "The Man With the Iron Fists," in fact!
Click past the jump for our list of the five Iron Fist stories fit for the big screen!
If you're going to make a movie about a superhero that no one really knows, then why not start from the beginning? This special origin issue of "Marvel Premiere" showcases everyone's favorite wealthy American turned immortal warrior. In this story, we see that transformation in its entirety as Daniel gets separated from his parents and taken in by the mystical monks of K'un L'un where he trains his mind and body to the pinnacle of human perfection.
Heroes For Hire
Soon after Iron Fist and Misty Knight became an item, their budding relationship is interrupted by the super-strong mercenary called Power Man (a.k.a. Luke Cage) who had been blackmailed by Knight's adversary Bushmaster. Instead of fighting each other, Iron Fist and Power Man decide to team up (for the first time ever) and break Bushmaster's hold on him once and for all. Later, they form a partnership called Heroes For Hire, charging people a fee in exchange for their superheroism.
The Seven Capital Cities of Heaven
Returning to the mystical K'un L'un, Iron Fist is chosen as the city's champion and forced to compete in a deadly tournament involving six other "Immortal Weapons" (each representing a different mystical city). "The Seven Capital Cities of Heaven" also gives us a glimpse of the previous wielder of the Iron Fist as Daniel discovers a secret doorway from K'un L'un to Earth, tracking down the biographer of the man who created the doorway and learning about the history of the Iron Fist in the process.
The Mortal Iron Fist
Taking place directly after the "Seven Capital Cities of Heaven" story arc, "The Mortal Iron Fist" sees Daniel Rand as he deals with an ancient prophecy that predicts his very own death. Written by Duane Swierczynski, this arc changes practically everything that has already been detailed about the Iron Fist tradition. With a prophecy that has already claimed the lives of Iron Fists from centuries passed, Daniel must do everything in his power to overcome immeasurable odds.
Escape From the Eighth City
In this epic kung fu/horror tale, Iron Fist and the Immortal Weapons of the Seven Capital Cities of Heaven venture to the secret eighth mystical city (the Capital City of Hell) only to discover that it is inhabited by terrifying demons and their diabolical leader, Changming. Discovering the city's ancient secrets, Iron Fist and the Immortal Weapons are forced to team up in order to escape Hell and save the world from the evil that they've unearthed.
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