Real Name: Danny Rand
First Appearance: "Marvel Premiere" #15 (1974)
Why: This just comes down to finding the right guy. Scott Adkins isn't a match in terms of appearance, but he's badass enough to eliminate the need to involve computers in the realization of Iron Fist's powers. I love the era that gave birth to Iron Fist, that mid-'70s kung-fu heyday when kung-fu was everywhere. Roy Thomas and Gil Kane created the character, but he went through a lot of hands very quickly until Claremont and Byrne ended up creating his first stand-alone series. His "Iron Fist" is about as easy a power to do on film as I can imagine, and once they find the right guy, special effects won't matter. Besides, he's one of those guys you can use easily without spending tons of time setting him up. Very appealing.
Why Not: Done wrong, Iron Fist could be boundlessly cheesy, and offensive in a "yellowface" sort of way. He's got to be someone whose devotion to the mystic arts he learned in K'un-L'un as a child is played as serious, not hokey. Remember, this is a guy who got his Iron Fist power by defeating a dragon. There's so much room to do this wrong, and the "less is more" approach might sap the fun out of him.
- Drew McWeeny