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How Does Iron Fist Meet Daredevil In The Comics? They're Both Marvel Defenders


The formula for superhero movies and TV shows these days is very simple. Start with the singular origin stories and then bring all of the heroes together in one massive and expensive production. So with Netflix and its many new original projects in the Marvel universe, it should be no different. But now that the first season of Iron Fist is here, fans are probably wondering how Iron Fist and Daredevil meet in the comics.

If the literature is going to be any indication of their onscreen counterparts, it's probably the best place to start looking for clues. Danny Rand’s journey to becoming the Iron Fist begins as a child and lasts for the majority of his life until he leaves the mystical city of K'un-Lun to seek justice for his parents’ deaths. Once he gets to New York City and claims the family business that is rightfully his, he naturally becomes a vigilante superhero.

I mean, with those fists of fury basically he kind of has to, right? In the comics, he has a similar story, however, it’s Luke Cage who Danny first teams up with to fight crime and the bad guys and eventually in the comics, Danny even becomes the godfather to Luke’s daughter, so they definitely had a BFF thing going on.

As for Daredevil, a.k.a. Matt Murdock, Danny’s on-page history with the physically hypersensitive superhero seems to begin when he pretends to be the Devil of Hell's Kitchen in order to fight crime while Matt himself is incarcerated. When Matt finds out about the cover Danny had been keeping up, he goes along with it so that he can do his own detective work, unmasked. None of this has played out so far on either Daredevil or Iron Fist, so it's hard to say if it will be incorporated in the onscreen portrayal. But either way, it looks like these two won't get a proper introduction until The Defenders hits Netflix later this year.

The Defenders series includes Jessica Jones, Luke Cage, Daredevil, and Iron Fist, but in the comics they weren’t necessarily the first Defenders. In fact, supposedly, the four of them have never worked together as a unit in the comics before. They have each been on a team, but never all together. The Defenders themselves have, at some point, included all kinds of different characters from Hulk to Dr. Strange. However, in Netflix’s case, and in order to utilize all of their original Marvel series, The Defenders will be the four big superheroes of Netflix for now. But in the comics, they weren't necessarily an official team together, though, I think all fans can agree that it's bound to be epic.