August 26th, 2010
12:46 PM ET

‘Iron Fist’ next Marvel movie?

Along with a number of other Marvel comics currently getting the Hollywood treatment – including “Thor,” “The First Avenger: Captain America” and “Iron Man 3” – the studio seems to be digging in the comic crates once again, this time for a hero with a bit of a lower profile.

According to, the "Iron Fist" is the next super in line to get his own movie. The story of Danny Rand, a martial arts expert who develops a pair of indestructible fists after winning a battle with a dragon, first emerged in the '70s, and it's believed that Marvel has tapped Rich Wilkes, the man who penned “xXx," the movie that began a franchise of films with Vin Diesel.

EW thinks it’s kind of odd to give the greenlight to a martial arts movie since interest from American moviegoers in the genre seems to have flagged, they are giving “Spider-Man” something of a reinvention, so why not try to pay homage to the lesser-known Marvel icons?

Another Marvel comic that's reported to fly under the Disney banner, as "Iron Fist" would, is Dr. Strange, the New York surgeon who loses his sense of touch and has to learn to use his mind to combat evil instead of physical force. Aside from these two, are there any other lesser-known heroes that you think Marvel should turn to next?

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  1. Henry

    Hawkeye needs to get a movie

    January 1, 2011 at 7:53 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Spencer Secrist

    I would love to see them continue the X-Men series and tell the story of Nightcrawler

    October 24, 2010 at 4:42 am | Report abuse |
  3. towatch

    i will watch this movie for sure

    Online movies

    October 10, 2010 at 7:08 pm | Report abuse |
  4. suavo41

    I agree. they should make a movie of Moon Knight!!!

    August 28, 2010 at 10:23 pm | Report abuse |
  5. America's Next Top Marvel Fan

    Duh, Alpha Flight. Submariner. StarJammers

    August 27, 2010 at 2:54 pm | Report abuse |
  6. RLG

    TOTALLY agree with posters supporting an Iron Fist/Power Man flick, that could do well, if they're serious and use the detectives following a mystery angle. I'd also LOVE to see The Life and Death of Captain Marvel, IF it could be done (maybe Jim Starlin could sign on as XP?), a Namor the Sub Mariner film would be great, including scenes of World War Two era adventures with the INvaders, and reboots of the Daredevil and Conan films, with decent plots and character driven stories- less of the over-the-top frank Millersgue "violence for violence sake," a la the awful Spirit movie.

    And the idea of a proposed Shadow reboot that was recently floated is most intriguibng- the original wasn't bad for the first two thirds, and quickly became ridiculous when they camped it up to "follow the bouncing bomb." The Iron Man and first couple of Spidey and XMen movies, as well as the Christian Bale-era Batman flicks show that good comic book adaptations CAN be domne, if you have a budget, real actors, and a story- not just tongue-in-cheek charicatures.

    August 27, 2010 at 12:39 pm | Report abuse |
  7. duke

    Reboot Daredevil. The movie was not as bad I people make it out to be.

    August 27, 2010 at 12:27 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Your mom

    This one's easy... Speedball, Peter Porker, and The Watcher should all get their own movie!

    August 27, 2010 at 10:27 am | Report abuse |
  9. Tee

    Moon Knight, Black Panther

    August 27, 2010 at 9:32 am | Report abuse |
  10. Oodoodanoo

    Marvel should make a superhero movie starring Weird Al Yankovic where he plays himself but is also a famous crime-fighter with super powers.

    His signature trick could be that he's weakened by boy band music, but re-charges by eating a taco.

    August 27, 2010 at 7:12 am | Report abuse |
  11. Jason Usborne

    Adam Warlock, Captain Mar-Vell, Quasar, the Eternals

    August 27, 2010 at 2:09 am | Report abuse |
  12. thrasher


    August 26, 2010 at 11:57 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Dan

    One vote for Crystar, the Crystal Warrior! Who's with me? Anyone?

    August 26, 2010 at 10:47 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Doug

    Steve, your desire to help correct his story only made it worse by not stating the facts. Dr. Strange messed up his hands in a car accident. He was arrogant like Tony Stark before he got messed up and became Iron Man.

    August 26, 2010 at 8:38 pm | Report abuse |
  15. comicgeek

    Will Smith as The Falcon!

    August 26, 2010 at 8:13 pm | Report abuse |
  16. comicgeek

    Would love to see another Punisher movie. They should also do a good Daredevil movie. The character deserves a better movie than the one with Ben Affleck.

    August 26, 2010 at 8:12 pm | Report abuse |
  17. Jeff Caplinger

    How about The Defenders!

    August 26, 2010 at 7:23 pm | Report abuse |
  18. Steve the Longhorn

    How about.

    The Wonder Twins
    Electra Women and Dyna Girl

    Seriously , we need a movie about Firestorm from the Justice League! As a kid, you saw the trailers leading up to the new Justice League and the introduction of Firestorm. This is when Saturday morning ruled and you could not wait for that first Saturday after Labor Day to come.


    August 26, 2010 at 6:31 pm | Report abuse |
  19. NoPrize

    I remember some obscure comic book characters from the '70s: Omega the Unknown, Skull, Black Goliath, Wonder Man, Warlock, Captain Marvel, and Doc Sampson. Probably not popular enough to make a movie about, though...Luke Cage (Powerman) would be a good choice. Will Smith would need to bulk up for that one!

    August 26, 2010 at 6:21 pm | Report abuse |
  20. A H

    Cable, son of Cyclops and Jean from the future. Epic.

    August 26, 2010 at 4:56 pm | Report abuse |
  21. ttuxedo72

    and Machine Man the 4 issue limited series from the mid-80's would be a great movie.

    August 26, 2010 at 4:39 pm | Report abuse |
  22. ttuxedo72

    I always thought they should do Fist/Cage but set it in the 70's a la the Starsky and Hutch movie. Play the camp up (just a bit). 70's styles, slang the whole bit.

    I do want to see a Dr. Stange move, the 70's TV movie really wasn't that bad for what it was.
    Other's I'd like to see...
    Power Pack

    August 26, 2010 at 4:39 pm | Report abuse |
  23. T

    Lesser known heroes of Marvel on film...hmmmmm....
    Well, there's Ms.Marvel, She-Hulk, Shang-Chi, Black Panther, Moon Knight, Nova... and do I even dare say... HOWARD THE DUCK ???!!!!?

    Seriously, I think an interesting movie would be a group of pre-Avengers hero team like ATLAS or THE TWELVE would be a great film to see.

    August 26, 2010 at 4:24 pm | Report abuse |
  24. Marc

    A fantastic villain to show in the movies would be Mephisto, who basically battled the whole Marvel universe including Fantastic Four, The X-Men and The Avengers. Mephisto would make a devil of an awesome villain.

    Also, and I'm hoping The Avengers movie follows through with this but make the cyborg Ultron a villain. He is this indestructible foe for The Avengers.

    Hawkeye would make for a decent flick (but DC's Green Arrow would be even better) but he is already going to show up in The Avengers movie.

    August 26, 2010 at 4:02 pm | Report abuse |
  25. Kraijen

    One word...Hawkeye! He was always one of my favorites, and you could very easily make a great and believable movie about him. He's standalone film worthy.

    August 26, 2010 at 2:38 pm | Report abuse |
  26. Chuck

    *Fist. Argh!

    August 26, 2010 at 2:33 pm | Report abuse |
  27. Chuck

    Summer 2012: Iron First
    Winter 2012: Cage/Power Man (Sweet Christmas!)
    Summer 2013: Heroes For Hire!

    Make it happen, Hollywood!

    August 26, 2010 at 2:32 pm | Report abuse |
  28. Sly

    You can't have an Iron fist movie without Luke Cage(Powerman)!!!!

    August 26, 2010 at 2:11 pm | Report abuse |
  29. Brandon

    Lesser Marvel Characters I would like to see movies done on are... Black Panther, Moon Knight, Namor, and Nova. I bet they are planning on doing more spinoffs from the Avengers.. like a SHIELD/Nic Fury movies Ant-Man Wasp.

    August 26, 2010 at 2:08 pm | Report abuse |
  30. esquirrel

    Well said, Steve. A tv movie has already been made about Dr. Strange and a direct-to-video animated feature. Can they make a quality adult movie about magic. We shall see. An Iron Fist movie should have been made by now. Good or bad. The only corny thing about about Iron Fist is his costume. One of the worst ever designed, and that is saying something since the character exists in the Marvel universe. A better martial arts character choice would have been Shang Chi or the Daughters of the Dragon. Even the Sons of the Tiger would be good choice.

    August 26, 2010 at 1:45 pm | Report abuse |
    • al

      or po (kung fu panda). lol, i know, not marvel, but he's still an awesome martial arts character.

      August 26, 2010 at 1:56 pm | Report abuse |
    • bishop

      i think an iron fist movie would be great. but one thing that always bothers me about superhero movies is the addition of the leather costume(daredevil,x-men) or going for the armored form (batman, power rangers) plus i worry about the producers getting rid of the TM yellow and green duds because earlier movies featured the same color scheme(kick-ass)

      August 27, 2010 at 10:02 am | Report abuse |
  31. Steve

    wow...cant say just how much is wrong with the descriptions of both of those Marvel properties. Let me try to help a little at least with Dr Strange...

    A surgeon who loses his ability to operate due to an affliction that causes his hands to tremble, so he gives up surgery and in his quest for what his life means after, finds an old man who teaches him the mystical arts and he becomes the sorcerer supreme of earth, defending it against a wide variety of supernatural threats.

    While the concept may seem not fully-developed (this was the 70's, not a lot of explanation was looked for at that time in comics), it dealt with a lot of mature issues and was a popular comic for its time. Iron Fist I am not so sure if it is really possible to make it into a film and not feel contrived or corny, I mean, I liked the comic but it was fairly esoteric dealing with a lot of Asian mysticism...guess we shall see.

    August 26, 2010 at 1:08 pm | Report abuse |

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