- Billing Displacement: Briefly. The day after the show premiered, Netflix replaced Danny Rand with Colleen Wing on its selectable icon, most likely because early critical reviews raved about her while Finn Jones was criticized. After the audience reviews proved to be more positive, they switched it back.
- Creator Backlash: Upon the release of The Defenders, Charlie Cox and Finn Jones were given some IGN comments to read, including one complaining about Iron Fist not having his costume. His reply: "I get it. You want to see the costume, I want to see the costume. So keep complaining to Marvel and Netflix and maybe you'll get it."
- Dear Negative Reader: Finn Jones has been defensive about the negative reaction towards the series, from saying that critics don't "get it" and that the show isn't made for them, but for the fans (ignoring the same critics' positive reception of previous Marvel shows) to saying that the unpopularity comes from the presidency of Donald Trump and his superficial similarities to Danny. Making that last one especially weird is that it's Harold Meachum far more than Danny who's likely to remind people of Trump.
- Development Hell:
- Plans to bring Iron Fist to live-action are over a decade in the making, with Ray Park once in the running to play Danny Rand.
- Marvel had trouble finding ways to introduce mysticism into the science fiction-heavy MCU, especially considering the show would interact with the gritty and somewhat realistic Netflix shows such as Daredevil and Jessica Jones. There were rumors for a while that the show was not even going to be made. There were also rumors of it being turned into a Netflix movie instead of a TV show. By the time it was released, the MCU had eased into more supernatural elements with Doctor Strange and the Ghost Rider arc on Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.
- Fake American:
- Fan Nickname:
- "Hobo Fist", after set photos showed him barefoot, unshaven and shabbily dressed, most likely from the first scenes of his return to America. He does martial arts stances looking like that.
- "Irish Fist" due to the release date falling on St. Patrick's Day, meant as a stealth Take That! over the race controversies in this series and Doctor Strange (2016).note
- Reality Subtext: Davos' complaints about Danny taking the Iron Fist's power and then abandoning K'un-Lun feels very much like the long-running controversy over the character's Mighty Whitey aspects.
- Screwed by the Lawyers: Clark Gregg from Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. had stated that he very much wishes to have a crossover with Iron Fist, but "corporate stuff" is keeping him from appearing on Iron Fist or vice versa.
- Separated-at-Birth Casting: Tom Pelphrey, who plays Ward Meachum, has a pretty similar facial build to David Wenham, who plays Harold Meachum.
- Those Two Actors:
- Too Soon: Star Finn Jones has claimed at least some of the negative response to the show stems from lingering backlash over the election of Donald Trump, another wealthy white man who obtained a powerful position many people found him unqualified to hold.
- Troubled Production: The first season had a shooting schedule so insanely tight that Finn Jones was often given his fight choreography just fifteen minutes before filming startednote This certainly helps explain the many complaints about his unconvincing fighting. Fortunately, The Defenders (2017) would greatly redeem many of the reservations people had about Danny's skill due to being helmed by Marco Ramirez and Doug Petrie, the showrunners from season 2 of Daredevil (2015), instead of the notorious Scott Buck.
- What Could Have Been:
- Lewis Tan initially auditioned for the role of Iron Fist before Finn Jones was cast. Tan would later go on to portray Zhou Cheng in The Blessing of Many Fractures.
- Initially, Marvel was looking to cast Shang-Chi to act as a rival to Danny Rand, but nothing came of it. Shang-Chi would later get his own movie set within the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
- The show was originally going to be the third of the Netflix series to premiere. Then when Luke Cage became a Breakout Character in Jessica Jones (2015), Marvel decided to swap his show's spot with this one to ride off the popularity. This wound up working against the show, as it allowed Doctor Strange (2016) and Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. to introduce the mystical elements to the MCU before the premiere, only for the show to largely exorcise most of those mystical elements from an active role.
- They briefly considered involving Moon Knight in the second season but felt the season was already busy enough. Presumably, his role was taken over by Typhoid Mary.
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