Hip-Hop Icon Directs Episode Of Marvel’s “Iron Fist”
Hip-Hop legend, producer, musician, actor, filmmaker, author, founding member and de facto leader of the Wu-Tang Clan, Robert Fitzgerald Diggs a.k.a. RZA has got his hands in everything. Especially if it’s related to something he is passionate about, for example, his love for martial arts and eastern culture. It’s no secret, RZA is a huge fan of martial arts films, having stated several times throughout his career how much he loves the genre. From the films he’s directed like “The Man with the Iron Fist”, to films he’s starred in “G.I. Joe: Retaliation (as Blind Master) to his appearances in television (as Samurai Apocalypse in Ep. 9 of Californication) and even the songs he’s produced like “Wu-Tang: 7th Chamber” or “Duel of The Iron Mic”. It’s no surprised that he has teamed up with Marvel/Netflix to continue exploring the martial arts genre in the upcoming Netflix Iron Fist series.
In a recent live stream, Finn Jones, best know as Loras Tyrell, in the hit HBO series, Game of Thrones, now starring as Danny Rand a.k.a. Iron Fist, he was asked about the musical inspiration that influenced Iron Fist. He revealed that Episode 6 of the upcoming Iron Fist Netflix series will be directed by legendary rapper and director RZA, following the list of Iron Fist episode names and directors revealed that came out earlier this week.
“So before I started the role, I actually made a playlist on my Ipod of songs that Danny Rand would listen to. It’s a lot of kind of 90’s hip-hop, like De La Soul, Jurassic 5, Tribe Called Quest, Wu Tang Clan. Like that kind of music is what Danny’s really jamming to. And we feature that in the series. And actually one of our episodes was directed by the RZA himself. Episode 6. So yeah there’s a very close tie with hiphop and the Iron Fist series.”
The Iron Fist episode in particular that RZA has directed is titled Immortal Emerges From Cave, which we’re assuming is a nod to Danny Rand’s origin story. When asked about his experience working with the hip-hop icon, Jones had this to say:
“Oh he’s a dude. Really super chill. Has a really good vision of what he wants. And he really understands that genre, the martial arts genre.”
The focus on music, hip-hop in particular seems to be a common trend for Marvel as of late. In 2016, Luke Cage was Marvel’s first Netflix series which not only had a heavily influenced hip-hop soundtrack but also had many performances by various hip-hop artist throughout the series. This would be the first time that Marvel/Netflix teamed up with a member of the Wu-Tang Clan, Method Man made his appearance in Luke Cage during Ep. 12.
Marvel seems to be fully embracing not only the culture of the characters but of the environment in which they are set in. Knowing RZA and his love for eastern culture and martial arts, episode 6 is sure to be true to the character of Danny Rand/Iron Fist and the world around him.
Iron Fist debuts on Netflix on March 17, 2017.
Elijah Bailey covers the Entertainment for MFST, you can follow him on twitter @EBaileyFitness
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