Thursday, March 8, 2012

Marvel Movies I'd Like to See: Iron Fist

As we all brace for the anticipated impact of this summer's Marvel giant-size movie, "The Avengers", I thought it would be a nice idea to look even further into the future, and consider which Marvel characters could (or should) have their own film.

How greedy am I? With 3 huge comic book related movies coming out this summer I am already looking beyond them to what I would like to see next. I'm a standard comic book fan: never happy with what I have.

The Immortal Iron Fist: The Seven Capital Cities of Heaven - 365 Days of Comics
The Seven Capital Cities of Heaven
The Immortal Iron Fist: The Seven Capital Cities of Heaven

The second volume of Ed Brubaker, Matt Fraction and David Aja's amazing Iron Fist run would make for a thrilling film which could appeal to Marvel and action fans alike. The story centers around a kung-fu-like  tournament involving seven mythical cities' sacred warriors. Each warrior is trained in their cities' style of martial arts and possess unique skills. As the tournament plays-out a plot which threatens the sanctity of the heavenly cities is revealed and it is up to Danial Rand, the current Iron Fish (and respected city's champion), to get to the bottom of the dishonorable treachery.

The great thing about this film is that a lot of the movie can be done in a basic non CG style. The film would not have to spend as much money on CG as say an "Iron Man 2" or even "Thor." But just because there wouldn't have to be as much CG doesn't mean there won't be any. Cool visuals can be produced when the Seven Cities' champions do their special movies. The iconic Marvel visual of Iron Fist's fist in yellow flame as he strikes would make for some nice awe-shit moments throughout his battles, and the other champions would have their sick finishing moves on CG hand (so to speak), as well.

The Iron Fist film could be a "Marvel Knights" type of production where it has more of a darker tone and gritty feel to it. It doesn't have to try and grab the same type of fans who like "The Avengers", but rather the film could branch into a demographic who enjoys martial arts and grit as opposed to just popcorn summer blockbusters. The Marvel fans will still show, the valuable young male demographic will show and maybe even a young woman or two if you make one of the champions some young heartthrob.

It could work, and I'd like to see it...

...especially with the young male heartthrob.