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My name is Daniel Rand. I am Iron Fist and I know kung fu.
~ The Immortal Iron Fist
I am the Iron Fist. I hold back the storm when nothing else can.
~ Iron Fist.
Super hero life can be a lonely existence at times. Sure, there're friends in the community that you see now and then. But it's not like there's super hero company picnics or Avengers-sponsored bowling nights. For the most part, you are out there by yourself doing your own thing. For the most part, the only time you see each other is when the really bad stuff is going down. But sometimes, just sometimes... you're there for the good stuff too. And those are the best parts.
~ Iron Fist.

Iron Fist (real name Daniel Thomas "Danny" Rand-K'ai), better known as The Immortal Iron Fist, is a fictional character, and a comic book superhero in the Marvel Comics Universe, and a practitioner of martial arts. Created by Roy Thomas and Gil Kane, he first appeared in Marvel Premiere #15 (May 1974). The character starred in his own solo series in the 1970s, and shared the title Power Man and Iron Fist for several years.

Danny is the son of Wendell and Heather Rand, who died during their journey to find the nexus of K'un-Lun, a dimension that Wendell was raised in before he returned to the states. Danny was raised by the denizens of K'un-Lun, and was trained in martial arts before gaining the title of Iron Fist after defeating Shou-Lao the Undying. Deciding to return to the states, Danny became a superhero and friend and partners to the vigilantes Luke Cage and Daredevil. He would become a member of the Heroes for Hire, the Defenders, the Secret Avengers, and the Midnight Sons. He is recognized for being a martial artist, and being capable of using superhuman energy to strike tremendous blows with the power of the "Iron Fist".

He was created by Roy Thomas, Gil Kane, and Bill Everett, and first appeared in Marvel Premiere # 15 in May of 1974.

History

Background

Daniel trained within K-un-Lund for years and was eventually able to earn the title "The Immortal Iron Fist" from his mentors, the title came with an enhanced affinity to draw upon the life-force energy known as Ki which Daniel emanates from his fists as a potent weapon. As The Immortal Iron Fist, Daniel is bound to protect K-un-Lund at all costs, however since the city it-self is rarely in immdeiate danger and it's Monks are quite able to protect them selves Daniel spends his free time working as a Hero for Hire.

Daniel has been an active part of the Avengers and a fill-in for Daredevil but is most frequently seen as a Hero for Hire paired with his best friend Luke Cage aka the Power Man. Daniel and Luke sell their services to other heroes as back-up or to private citizens with just causes.

Biography

Early Life

Daniel Thomas "Danny" Rand-K'ai is the son of Wendell Rand and Heather Duncan, and his father lived in K'un-Lun, another dimension realm who was adopted by its ruler, Lord Tuan. Though Danny was born to Heather, Wendell had a child with Shakirah, who was the love rival for Wendell's brother, Nu-An. Wendell managed to return to the United States, and his daughter, Miranda, would later learn that she had a brother named Danny.

When he was young, he went with his parents and their friend, Harold Meachum to search for the nexus to return to K'un-Lun. During the journey, Wendell was killed when Harold let him go off a broken bridge, and Heather died protecting her son from a pack of wolves. Danny was found by the denizens of K'un-Lun, and was apprenticed to Lei Kung by Nu-An, who had secretly plotted the deaths of his Rand's parents.

Becoming Iron Fist

Danny was put through rigorous training, and around the age of sixteen, earned the title Crown of Fu-Hsi and defeated numerous fighters and a mechanical machine in K'un-Lun. When he was nineteen years old, Danny was given the chance to gain the power of the "Iron Fist", and was tasked with killing the Shou-Lao the Undying. During the battle, the serpent's scar imprinted itself on Rand's chest, and Danny managed to defeat Shou-Lao and gain the mystical power of the "Iron Fist" from getting the serpent's molten heart. With the power of the "Iron Fist", Danny could summon energy into his hands and strike tremendous blows to his opponents. When the nexus reopened, Danny declined to stay in K'un-Lun and returned to the United States to get revenge on Meachum for killing his father.

Danny found Harold when he returned to America, but took pity on him before Meachum was murdered by an unidentified ninja. Rand was accused of being the killer by Harold's daughter, Joy, and Danny went to clear his name by finding the killer. Around this time, he worked with a woman named Jade to the afterlife, where he reunited with his mother and learned that she was enslaved by Dhasha Khan. Wanting to free his mother from the sorcerer, Danny allowed the Bowman to kill him so he could become a spirit to fight Khan, and was restored by Jade. Afterward, Iron Fist befriended Professor Lee Wing and his daughter Colleen, and worked with Colleen's partner Misty Knight to rescue her from Master Khan. After battling Master Khan and Angar the Screamer, Danny learned the truth that his adoptive uncle was behind the death of his mother.

Adventures

Becoming a crime-fighter, Danny made amends with Joy, as she and her brother Ward wanted to get revenge on him as they still believed he killed their father. Danny then claimed his inheritance at the Rand Corporation, and he became wealthy and allowed Joy to manage his business when he was stopping threats. Iron Fist befriended Luke Cage, a vigilante who's skin was invulnerable, and the two decided to create the Heroes for Hire. The two became the co-founders of the business, and would work as bodyguards and detectives through the firm for the public. When he returned to K'un-Lun, he was exposed to a disease that caused him to develop cancer, but he would cure himself while he was in stasis after being captured by the Super-Skrull. While in stasis, Danny used chi meditations to cure himself, and was freed by Doctor Strange, Namor the Sub-Mariner, and Misty.

When Onslaught started to slaughter heroes, Danny and Cage decided to expand the Heroes for Hire, expanding with Oracle Inc. with Namor. The duo worked with the classical hero Jim Hammond, an android that was original Human Torch during the twentieth century. The group would later disbanded when Namor saw a way to diffuse it with Oracle Inc., and Danny wanted to share the wisdom of the K'un-Lun to Earth. He decided to call K'un-Lun to Earth, but Junzo Muto led the Hand and took the power of the Iron Fist from Danny. Wanting to stop Muto, Danny worked with Wolverine and several heroes, and succeeded in preventing Junzo's plan from commencing. Despite defeating them, Danny didn't had his Iron Fist power, but re-gained them by Black Dragon who was resurrected by Nightshade. Iron Fist then worked with Black Panther to stop Black Dragon, who betrayed Nightshade and possessed the body of Everett Ross.

Danny then become an ally to Daredevil, and falsely took on the mantle to make the public believe that Matt Murdock wasn't the costumed vigilante. He then continued to pose as Daredevil when he sided with Captain America during the Civil War storyline, and even called Iron Man "Judas" for his supporting the Superhuman Registration Act. He was eventually captured and sentenced to the Negative Zone, but was freed to battle Iron Man and his team. After Captain America surrendered and was assassinated, Danny returned to the mantle of Iron Fist and joined the New Avengers alongside Cage.

Powers and Abilities

Powers

Danny Rand defeated the dragon Shou-Lao in combat, thus branding himself with the dragon's mark on his chest. He then plunged his fists into the dragon's molten heart, absorbing its chi which he can wield for various purposes in his role as the immortal weapon, the Iron Fist. Each Iron Fist throughout history has utilized the chi of Shou-Lao in different ways. Danny Rand has learned new techniques and new depths to his abilities over time by learning from his predecessor, Orson Randall, as well as from reading the Book of the Iron Fist.

  • Chi Augmentation: Through concentration, Rand can harness his mystical chi to augment his physical and mental capabilities to increased levels. He initially could augment his physical prowess to the non-superhuman level of the finest possible human specimen. After further study with the Book of the Iron Fist, he has since reached truly superhuman levels of physical activity, such as moving fast enough to catch bullets.
  • Iron Fist Punch: By summoning his chi and focusing it into his hand, he can draw upon the superhuman energy derived from the heart of the mystic serpent Shou-Lao and make his fist inhumanly powerful and super humanly resistant to injury and pain on a superhuman scale. This "iron fist" technique does not involve a physical transformation of any kind, simply a psychic channeling of concentrated natural energy. With his fist in this state, Rand can shatter wood and brick, rip through steel, and punch his opponents with extraordinary concussive force without sustaining injury to himself. The force of this technique has rendered incredibly durable Super humans such as the Colossus unconscious. As well as, punch through Ch'i Lin, who was barely affected by punches to the head from Luke Cage. His fist is strong enough to destroy the entire Helicarrier, and he also destroyed a nuclear train with one punch.
  • Nervous System Control: Rand has complete control over his nervous system enabling him to deaden himself to pain, resist the effects of drugs or poisons, and slow down the rate at which he bleeds. He also is able pass lie detector tests.
  • Hypnotism: After obtaining The Book of the Iron Fist from Orson Randall, Rand has learned how to create various illusions and make his foes see what he wants them to see.
  • Mind Fusion: He can use his power to temporarily fuse his consciousness with another person, resulting in a sharing of knowledge, emotions, and memories.
  • Energy Absorption: At times, Rand has absorbed energy directed at himself and channeled it to augment his own power.
  • Energy Generation: Iron Fist can project his Chi into a ranged attack, sort of like an energy blast. Rand can also transfer his Chi into other objects to accelerate them or give them more power.
  • Energy Detection: Capable of detecting energy signatures.
  • Dimensional Travel: Under certain circumstances, his chi can be focused to create nexus points between dimensions.
  • Heightened Awareness: Demonstrated the ability to detect a threat to his well-being in his immediate vicinity before they commit the action; such as (Iron Fist Killer) and possesses enhanced intuition.
  • Enhanced Senses: Rand has unusually keen eyesight, but it is unclear if it extends to superhuman level. He can focus his hearing so intensely that he can hear sweat rolling down someones face.
  • Empathy: Rand has the ability to sense and read the emotions/feelings/intentions of people and animals, can broadcast his own feelings in order to influence other people and/or animals emotions psionically.
  • Enhanced Speed & Reflexes: He can increase his speed allowing him to dodge or catch bullets. Without the use of chi, he can run up to 35 mph.
  • Enhanced Durability: Rand can generate a chi-based "aura" radiating from his body to protect himself from energy based attacks to a varied degree, and make himself more resilient against physical damage.
  • Enhanced Healing: If he sustains injury or illness, Rand can focus his chi for the purposes of healing his injuries. On the brink of death after a battle with Radion the Atomic Man, Daniel received a vision of Yu-Ti revealing that "the Iron Fist is not a weapon but a force of will which could perform miracles including healing," saving his life. By focusing enough he can even purge his own body of poison, however Rand experienced great pain in the process. Recently he has proven capable of healing himself almost unconsciously and does not feel drained in doing so. Rand can also channel this energy into other people.
  • Superhuman Longevity: Possibility of a slowed aging process much like his predecessor Orson Randall.
  • Environmental Adaptation: Through focus and meditation, Danny can sustain himself for extended periods of time in extreme temperature environments.
  • Magic Immunity: When he was transported to another dimension together with the Eye of Agamotto, Doctor Strange's mentor, the Ancient One appeared to him. Iron Fist was sent back to Earth, with a new outfit. The new outfit provided by the Ancient One gave Iron Fist immunity to magic.

Abilities

  • Peak Human Physical Conditioning: Rand is an Olympic-level athlete and gymnast.
  • Meditation: Rand is a master of meditation and relaxation techniques. He can enter a trance-like state to ignore pain and slow his heart rate.
  • Master Martial Artist: Rand is a master of K'un-Lun's martial arts and is proficient in many of Earth's, including but not limited to: Kunlunquan, Shaolinquan, Fujian White Crane, Judo, Aikido, Wing Chun, Ninjutsu, Muay Thai, Karate, Boxing and even loose street fighting tactics. Recently, he has gained access to the knowledge, experience and skills of all the Iron Fists before him. When temporarily blinded by Sabretooth, he was able to still defeat the lethal mutant, without even using his chi powers. He is also skilled in unique chi based techniques, such as the "Drunken style" that masks him from such things as Spider-Man's Spider-Sense and Mister X's telepathic reflexes. He is one of the greatest martial artists on Earth; having held his own against Wolverine and Captain America. Rand also holds notable victories over Gorgon (Tomi Shishido), Sabretooth, Batroc, Black Dragon, Nightshade, Spider-Man, Daredevil, Colossus, and Nightcrawler. He also possesses infinite ways to kill a man, such as the Black-Black Poison Touch which uses his chi to kill anyone in the close vicinity.
  • Weapons Master: He has been trained in the use of almost all martial arts weapons.
  • Pressure Point Locator: Rand can locate different pressure points on a human's body; incapacitate, paralyze, severely injure, or kill a person. He has shown himself to be capable of landing pressure point attacks on the likes of Spider-Man.
  • Master Acrobat: Rand is an extremely skilled acrobat capable of many difficult feats.
  • Multilingualism: He can speak fluent in K'un-Lun, English, Chinese and has a limited vocabulary in Japanese.

Portrayals

Television

  • In The Super Hero Squad Show, he was voiced by Mikey Kelley, who also voiced Ratchet in Ratchet & Clank.
  • In The Avengers: Earth's Mightiest Heroes, he was voiced by Loren Lester, who also voiced Robin in Batman: The Animated Series.
    • Lester originally voiced the character in Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3.
  • In Ultimate Spider-Man, he was voiced by Greg Cipes, who also voiced Beast Boy in the 2003 Teen Titans series, DC Super Hero Girls version, Teen Titans Go! version, Kevin Levin in the Ben 10 series, Michelangelo in the 2012 Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.
    • Cipes reprised his voice for the character in Lego Marvel Super Heroes: Maximum Overload, Avengers: Secret Wars, Disney Infinity: Marvel Super Heroes, Disney Infinity 3.0, and Lego Marvel's Avengers.
  • In Marvel Future Avengers, he was voiced by Go Shinomiya in Japanese and Johnny Yong Bosch in the English dub. Bosch also played Adam Park in the Power Rangers franchise, who also voiced Nero in the Devil May Cry series, Nathan Adams in Yo-kai Watch, Firion in the Dissidia Final Fantasy series, and Sabo in the One Piece series.
    • Bosch reprised his voice for the character in Marvel Heroes, who was previously voiced by JP Karliak as a non-playable character, and voiced the character again in Marvel Ultimate Alliance 3: The Black Order.
  • In the Marvel Cinematic Universe, he was portrayed by Finn Jones, and Tory Nichols young.

Video Games

  • In Spider-Man: Friend or Foe, he was voiced by John Rubinow.
  • In Marvel: Ultimate Alliance 2, he was voiced by Peter Dobson.
  • In Marvel Heroes, he was originally voiced by JP Karliak as a non-playable character, but was voiced by Johnny Yong Bosch as a playable character.
  • In Lego Marvel Super Heroes, he was voiced by Andrew Kishino, who also voiced Saw Gerrera in Star Wars: The Clone Wars.

Motion Comic

  • In Wolverine: Weapon X, he was voiced by Brian Drummond.

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Trivia

  • Ranked 46th on IGN's list of the "Top 50 Avengers".
  • Ranked 68th greatest comic boo hero of all time by IGN.
  • Ranked 195th greatest comic book character of all time by Wizard magazine.

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