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Forbidden Marvels' Iron Fist and the Legend of the Hand

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Iron Fist Season 1 is perhaps the most tenuous of the Marvel Cinematic Universe's Netflix Originals. In spite of issues with choreography, rushed schedule, and filler episodes, it was far from unwatchable.

With the help of Reddit user Cesarhulk123, I've cut Iron Fist Season 1 down to 149 minutes and allowed many of it's best moments shine while preserving a sense of continuity within the MCU and the show's Hip-Hop spirit.

Sources Used:
  • Marvel's Iron Fist: The Complete First Season
  • Marvel's Black Panther (2018)
  • Outkast - Stankonia (Song "So Fresh, So Clean" featured in Episode 1)
  • Apashe - I'm a Dragon feat. Sway (Song Officially Licensed for Iron Fist Season 1 Trailer)
InformationIron Fist and the Legend of the Hand
Fanedit GenreTV-to-Movie
Runtime149 minutes (2 hours and 29 minutes)
Video1920x800 / h.264
Audio5.1f surround / AAC English + German
File Size32.4gb (1080p)

Changes: (Spoilers Ahead)
  • Resolution cropped to 1920x800 and all shots reviewed and adjusted to avoid cropping key details.
  • Color is important throughout the Defenders series. Each hero has their own representative color seen in grading, lights, etc. Daredevil is red, Jessica Jones is blue, Luke Cage is yellow, and for Iron Fist they decided to do blue again. Multiple scenes have been recolored to either a natural grade or a believable green grade.
  • Just about every scene featured has had dialogue trimmed. This season has multiple conversations drag on much longer than necessary. Plenty of the necessary scenes feature details from plot-lines that have been cut, so those pieces of dialogue have also been cut.
  • The first scene is now Danny on the plane with his parents. This combines flash backs from Episodes 1 and 2 to avoid the strange VFX done to represent faded memory. Watch this scene here.
  • The MCU Phase 3 Intro now plays and to Outkast's "So Fresh, So Clean" to seamlessly transition into the shows actual first scene.
  • 15 Years Later added after the Marvel logo to tell the viewer that time has passed.
  • Danny no longer needs to use a woman's elevator key. It simply cuts from him entering the elevator to leaving.
  • The Avengers Tower added to the New York skyline.
  • Eagle flying through New York re-cut to the beat of the music. Added Flashbacks to Danny leaving K'un-lun to build connection with Eagle.
  • Shot of Rand Enterprises added to better transition into Danny waiting in Joy's office.
  • Blur effect added to transition drugged Danny into the Psychiatric hospital.
  • Danny no longer meets with either a doctor or with Harold while at the Psychiatric hospital. He's now only there to be attacked by order of the Meachums. All references to either event have been removed. We first see Harold alive as Danny escapes the hospital.
  • Harold no longer orders Danny to be reinstated as CEO of Rand. Hogarth, instead, convinces Ward of Danny's legal identity through an item belonging to Joy.
  • Harold no longer tells Danny the name of the Hand. Danny deduces it himself with the knowledge that Harold came back to life.
  • Colleen's character arc has had the focus of her students shifted to needing a real mission while paying the bills. No scenes feature her dialogue from her main students, but we do get to see her at the underground fight scene.
  • Danny retelling his time in K'un-lun is coupled with flashback shots.
  • Colleen training at her dojo has been paired with Danny exercising in his room to include both scenes, include more hip-hop, further Colleen's development, while letting the plot continue to flow. Watch this scene here
  • Madame Gao no longer shows up to Rand Enterprises to ship heroin. She shows up to tell Danny to quit his war and then leaves.
  • Danny now meets Claire after he meets Madame Gao.
  • The fight scenes from China have been coupled with Yang-Hai Qing invaded the Red Hook pier to give the sense that this is the same warehouse and not actually in China.
  • Nobody attempts to rescue Gao while at the Chikara dojo.
  • Danny and Colleen's first kiss is moved to them waking up at Bakuto's compound. Any earlier would have looked rushed with the included plotlines.
  • Danny figures out that he's at a Hand facility through reading Colleen's emotions rather than her telling him herself.
  • Danny and Colleen reunite the same night that they escape from the Hand.
  • In the same night, Bakuto lures Danny by taking the Meachums hostage.
  • When fighting Bakuto, the Iron Fist doesn't disappear on Danny, he's focused and balanced enough to not lose the fist anymore.
  • Claire doesn't set the hotdog stand on fire to distract the lobby guards.
  • Cheesy VFX removed from final conflict with Harold.
  • Hogarth does not come to Harold's cremation.
  • Episode intro recycled as Mid-Credit sequence with VFX added to show the fanedit's title.
  • Joy and Davos conspiring to kill Danny has been moved to after the Mid-Credits.
  • Episode 1's credits used with Apache's "I'm a Dragon" feat. Sway used as song for Post-Credits.
  • Danny and Colleen discovering that K'un-lun is missing is moved to after the Post-Credits.


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I can't wait to see this! I always felt Iron Fist had some great moments buried in all the fluff needed to fill 13 episodes. It would've been great as 8 episodes... or a 2.5 hr movie!
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