With their A-list characters and, arguably, B-list characters already on screen or tied up with other movie studios, Marvel Studios and parent company Disney aim to bring some of their lesser known superheroes to audiences eager to see more of the Marvel Universe on the big screen. Deadline reports that Marvel Studios, digging deep into their roster of superhero characters (5,000 at last count), has hired xXx screenwriter Rich Wilkes to bring Iron Fist, Marvel Comics' green-and-yellow clad martial arts superhero, to the big screen.

Iron Fist first appeared in 1974 in Marvel Premiere #15, the creation of writer Roy Thomas and artist Gil Kane. Marvel's editors, presumably including Stan Lee, wanted to cash-in on the then-current martial arts craze initiated by Bruce Lee and his many imitators earlier that decade, making a mystically powered, martial arts superhero inevitable. Borrowing a few elements from the Bruce Wayne/Batman mythos, they made the man behind the Iron Fist mask, Danny Rand, the son of a wealthy American entrepreneur, Wendell Rand. As a young man, Wendell discovered the mystical city of K'un-L'un (Shangri-La but with martial arts). There he saved the life of K'un-L'un's ruler, Lord Tuan, but eventually returned to the United States where he married and fathered Danny.
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