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Iron Fist MCU Concept

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I enjoyed Iron Fist season one, no where near as bad as reviewers made it out to be but it still is definitely the weakest of Marvel's Netflix. I'm confident they could turn it around in season two, still I really wished they had some sort of costume. Hell I'd settle for a green jacket. So I thought about how I would design the costume for Netflix, using concept art of Nightwing from Young Justice by Phil Bourassa as a base

I wanted to avoid having him wear a gi or some other classic martial artist outfit since it really wouldn't fit. So I wanted something that invokes it while still matching the aesthetic of the MCU. He has a t-shirt with sleeves ending just passed the elbow, I want to make sure his hand are uncovered for the special effects. The jacket is sleeveless to give the actors free range of movements, I can picture it being something Danny buys from the internet or Melvin Potter could makes it. I left out the logo because if you were going to wear a mask to hide your identity why have an icon that matches a brand you have on your chest? Always bugged me about the character.

The first one has a belt to refer to the kung fu origins, the second is more modern with straps that go around the back to make it more form fitting. The third is a "battle damage" version that calls back to the original comic costume. I picture the situation of him (sans shirt) fighting someone with a blade who cuts his jacket revealing the logo

As for the Mask SPOILERS for season 1... 
The show had a call back to the original mask in the found footage of a previous Iron Fist. You can see it in the show but there's a behind the scene photo the mask looks fantastic and I think that would have been a perfect scene to introduce it. Have Bokuto hand it to Danny stating "It was believed to have belong to an Iron Fist, there's a theory that they would wear masks so that anyone who wasn't aware of Kun Lun would think he was just a bandit." Then Danny would hold on to it until the time was right to full embrace the Iron Fist role. So I wanted to keep the dirty well worn look.
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Why wouldn't his classic outfit fit?
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It's about matching the aesthetics of not just the MCU but the Netflix MCU. He has to match the tone of his own show as well as not be out of place next to the other Defenders. The giant popped collar or the one piece tracksuit would just look goofy, given the type of show it is. I already explain not having the logo (personal preference). I feel something more grounded and not overly designed would work the best, thus normal clothing with a protective vest and a mask.
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I'm still not convinced. Spiderman has always worn his trademark outfit and people accept that. And in response to your "The giant popped collar or the one piece tracksuit would just look goofy" comment, Doctor Strange begs to differ. He has a popped collar and no one bats an eye on that. Did you ever think that maybe, not everything has to be grounded in reality? The only reason why Daredevil, Jessica Jones and Luke Cage work well in a realistic environment is because they are street leveled heroes. Iron fist is too outlandish to work in a realistic environment.      
RandomFilmsOnline's avatar
The point is, it's already set in a realistic environment, the same environment as as the other Defenders and has to be able to stand next to those three. If we were talking about a different version/reboot/etc. I would choose different designs elements. The challenge I set myself is to design a costume that fits into the already established world of Netflix's Iron Fist. I'd design it different for comic books, movies, and even if it was on a different network. For Netflix's Iron Fist Season 2 I want to see a costume and I think this design (or something like it) would fit in nicely. 
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Okay, before I go any further, let me ask you a question. Have you heard of The Inhumans?
RandomFilmsOnline's avatar
Listen, I don't really care for long drawn out arguments over essentially nothing. It's just my opinion which I have already laid out the reasoning behind. If you disagree that's fine, go make you own concept. There is no more to add to the conversation other than debate in circles. And to answer your question, Yes I've heard of Inhumans and seen the show. The costumes, of which are good designs on paper, are made with cheap material and in a production that had neither the finance nor faith in the property that a project like that desperately needs to excel. And I have no wish to get any more off topic than that.
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Replying to your previous comment, the point I was trying to make is that The Defenders are set in a universe were a guy that builds flying suits of armor, a scientist that can turn into a big green raging monster, super soldiers, wizards, demons, a kid with the powers and abilities of a spider, aliens, beings from Norse mythology and a walking talking racoon and tree with rocket launcher are considered "normal", so pulling the whole "realistic" card doesn't work anymore if the Marvel Netflix shows are suppose to take place in the same universe as the films of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. What I'm trying to say is if Spiderman is allowed to wear his trademark spandex outfit and if Doctor Strange is allowed to have a popped collar, then I say Ironfist can have his popped up collar as well. With The Inhumans example, the point I was trying to make is that some superheroes are just too outlandish to work in a "realistic environment". So when adapting superheroes, there are two ways of doing it, either embrace the outlandish-ness or be afraid of it.  
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Please, God, let Iron Fist have at least some version of his costume.:pray:
Dom666ism's avatar
See now, any of these would work for Danny. Had MCUN done this the show might have ben just a wee bit better =_=
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Yeah, not the least of which being that having a masked stunt-double to do most of the martial arts fights would've negated a lot of the problems created by the show's absurdly tight filming schedule(seriously, poor Finn Jones only had like 20 minutes of practice time before they started shooting)...
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