‘Iron Fist’ season 2 will premiere on Netflix later this year

Marvel’s kung fu hero Iron Fist didn’t receive the warmest welcome from critics or audiences when his solo series premiered in March, but that didn’t stop Netflix from ordering a second season of the show. The latest update on Iron Fist season 2 offers an idea when the season will premiere (and it’s sooner than you think).

Set in Marvel’s cinematic universe and one of several, interconnected solo series that culminated in this year’s crossover miniseries The Defenders, Iron Fist stars Finn Jones (Game of Thrones) as Danny Rand, a kung fu expert who returns home to New York City with powerful abilities after disappearing 15 years earlier. The second season will bring back first-season cast members Jessica Henwick as Colleen Wing, Tom Pelphrey as Ward Meachum, Jessica Stroup as Joy Meachum, and Sacha Dhawan as Davos. Luke Cage and The Defenders actress Simone Missick will also join Iron Fist, reprising her role as Misty Knight.

During a Reddit AMA (Ask Me Anything) session in early June, Marvel Television’s Jeph Loeb indicated that the second season of Iron Fist will arrive on Netflix in 2018.

Asked whether fans of the character will eventually see Jones don Iron Fist’s iconic costume from the comics, Loeb responded, “You’ll be very happy with Season 2 coming this year!”

Given that the second season of Luke Cage is already hitting the streaming video platform June 22, speculation points to a fall debut for the next arc of Iron Fist adventures.

When Iron Fist does return, it will have at least one prominent new cast member.

In late 2017, actress Alice Eve was added to the cast of the series’ second season. Marvel isn’t sharing any details about the character Eve will play in the second season of Iron Fist.

“We are very excited to have an actress of Alice’s stature join the cast of Marvel’s Iron Fist,” said Loeb in a statement accompanying the casting announcement (via Variety). “Her exceptional talent brings an intrigue and danger to her character unlike anyone else.”

Eve previously played Starfleet science officer Carol Marcus in 2013’s Star Trek: Into Darkness. More recently, she appeared in the third season of the Netflix series Black Mirror.

Behind the camera, Iron Fist also added writer Raven Metzner, who previously served as writer and showrunner on Sleepy Hollow. Metzner will take over for first-season showrunner Scott Buck as the new showrunner on Iron Fist for the show’s second season.

After making his debut in Iron Fist and then returning in The Defenders, Danny Rand will next be seen in the second season of Luke Cage. That series, which stars Mike Colter as the titular, steel-skinned hero of Harlem, is scheduled to return June 22.

Updated on June 18: Added with information about the second season’s premiere date.