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Iron Fist sneak peek reveals closer look at Daredevil villain Madame Gao's role

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As the Iron Fist, Danny Rand (Finn Jones) was trained to take down a mysterious dark force — but even he has doubts about his destiny when Marvel’s Iron Fist begins.

In the exclusive featurette above, Jones explains Danny’s mindset when he returns to New York after 15 years of training in K’un-Lun. He’s eager to reunite with his childhood friends Joy (Jessica Stroup) and Ward Meachum (Tom Pelphrey), and, it seems, even more eager to live a life away from his mystical duties.

Unfortunately for Danny, destiny means, well, destiny. “Danny has been told his whole life that there’s a mythological dark force in the world, and he didn’t really believe they were real,” Jones teases as the video cuts to a shot of Madame Gao (Wai Ching Ho) standing on a balcony. A voiceover — possibly Harold Meachum’s (David Wenham), judging by the official trailer? — then warns Danny “they are very real.” In fact, the voice adds, “they’ve infested Rand,” a.k.a. Danny’s company, now run by the Meachum siblings.

But who’s “they”? What’s this “mythological dark force”? And what’s Madame Gao even doing here? Daredevil fans can probably guess the answers to all three: Though the words “the Hand” aren’t mentioned, the nefarious group of ninjas have been key to something brewing in the Marvel-Netflix universe, and Madame Gao had been at the center of an operation that never went away, even after the fall of Wilson Fisk (Vincent D’Onofrio). Plus, as she once told Fisk himself, she’s from somewhere “a considerable distance further” than China — perhaps somewhere just as unreachable as K’un-Lun?

Either way, Jones is excited about Danny’s journey. “Who knows who the good guys are going to be?” he says. At least Gao knows who her enemy is. “This city is no place for the Iron Fist,” she declares to someone off-screen.

Watch the video above for Jones’ thoughts on Danny’s character, a closer look at the tattoo “mark of the Iron Fist” on his chest, and additional footage of the Meachums and Colleen Wing (Jessica Henwick). See below for an exclusive motion graphic of Iron Fist:

Iron Fist arrives March 17 on Netflix.