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'Iron Fist': Marvel's martial-arts master making a movie?

Created in the 1970s to capitalize on the Bruce Lee-era vogue for martial arts films, Iron Fist has proven to have a surprisingly resilient foothold in the Marvel Universe. He’s got a groovy retro costume, somewhat silly powers, an epic backstory which involves killing a dragon: He’s a supporting player, a Toni Kukoc to Captain America’s Michael Jordan. But we’re entering the second decade of superhero cinema. Spider-Man is starting over. Fox is prepping a movie that might as well be called X-Men: Everybody We Couldn’t Fit Into The First Four Movies. And now, according to Deadline, Iron Fist is getting his very own movie.

Marvel Studios had no comment on the production, but according to the report, screenwriter Rich Wilkes has been hired to adapt the story of Danny Rand to the big screen. Wilkes is best known for writing xXx and…well, he wrote xXx! It seems like a strange time to kickstart a martial arts movie – the genre seemed to cycle back into purgatory, at least in America, somewhere between House of Flying Daggers and Curse of the Golden Flower – but Iron Fist came up pretty often in the comments board of my “What Marvel Superhero should get a TV Show” post, so maybe there’s an underground fan base ready to emerge.

What do you think, PopWatchers? Can this fringe superhero own a movie of his own? Or would they be better off going for an Avengers-lite Hero for Hire movie? And is there any other B-list superhero you think should get the big-screen treatment?

Originally posted August 25 2010 — 6:52 PM EDT

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