Marvel's new Iron Fist could be someone you already know

New Iron Fist
New Iron Fist (Image credit: Marvel Comics)

Update: Marvel has revealed its new Iron Fist ... sort of. While the publisher is saying it's a "new hero" and has revealed his masked image, it also seems to be deliberating dancing around the issue of his identity and hasn't revealed his name.

There seems to be something more layered than just a brand new character going on here. 

Marvel says his identity will be revealed in a new Iron Fist limited series debuting in February 2022.

To be continued...

Original story follows...

Yup, there's gonna be a new Iron Fist. 

This week Marvel Comics has already released a Ghost Rider 50th anniversary/new Johnny Blaze ongoing series two-part teaser announcement for a new February 2022 title, and now it's out with yet another teaser series this time for Iron Fist, and this time it's a three-parter. 

New Iron Fist teaser (Image credit: Marvel Comics)

On Friday morning the publisher released a 'Who is the new Iron Fist' teaser image with the presumed identity of the new mantle-holder blacked out, with Marvel promising more information later Friday. 

"The dragon awakes February 2022," reads Marvel's tagline. 

No other clues are apparent in the image, other than the figure appears to be male, and since it's blacked out that's some indication the character is already known to Marvel readers. But we'll find that out for sure later Friday.

As to what this means for the current, original, and longtime Iron Fist Danny Rand, in the recently concluded limited series Iron Fist: Heart of the Dragon, both Danny and Pei passed along their Iron Fist powers to Wakanda's Okoye to defeat a villain. After their success, Okoye deposited the Iron Fist powers in an egg of Pei's dragon, Gork, who was being reborn as Gork the Undying - replacing Shou-Lao the Undying, the dragon from which the Iron Fist powers were previously taken from.

Yeah, you read that right - what a story.

(Image credit: Marvel Comics)

At the end of Iron Fist: Heart of the Dragon, Danny continued to wear the Iron Fist costume - but when asked about his future plans by best friend and frequent partner Luke Cage, he replied that he planned to "live life to its fullest."

That now appears to include ditching the costume unceremoniously in a back alley trash can with the words 'Iron Fist No More,' a familiar image and phrase that of course is Marvel's latest homage to 1967's iconic Amazing Spider-Man #50 page in which Peter Parker dumps his costume into an alley trashcan. 

Look for more information Friday afternoon, October 29, with the new February 2022 title or story arc fully revealed. 

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Chris Arrant

Chris Arrant covered comic book news for Newsarama from 2003 to 2022 (and as editor/senior editor from 2015 to 2022) and has also written for USA Today, Life, Entertainment Weekly, Publisher's Weekly, Marvel Entertainment, TOKYOPOP, AdHouse Books, Cartoon Brew, Bleeding Cool, Comic Shop News, and CBR. He is the author of the book Modern: Masters Cliff Chiang, co-authored Art of Spider-Man Classic, and contributed to Dark Horse/Bedside Press' anthology Pros and (Comic) Cons. He has acted as a judge for the Will Eisner Comic Industry Awards, the Harvey Awards, and the Stan Lee Awards. Chris is a member of the American Library Association's Graphic Novel & Comics Round Table. (He/him)