Danny Rand (Earth-616)
Iron Fist
Full Name: Daniel Thomas Rand-K'ai
First Appearance: Marvel Premiere #15
Created by: Roy Thomas, Gil Kane
Home Universe: Earth-616
Alignment: Good
Status: Alive
Place of Birth: New York City
Citizenship: American, K'un-Lun
Base: New York City
Affiliations: Immortal Weapons, Defenders; formerly Heroes For Hire (Misty Knight), New Avengers, Thunderbolts (while brainwashed), Heroes for Hire, Inc., Secret Defenders, Luke Cage, Defenders for a Day
Powers/Abilities: Chi-enhanced martial arts
Height: 5' 11" (1.80 m)
Weight: 175 lbs (80 kg)
Hair Color: Blond
Eye Color: Blue
Unique Features: Scar insignia on chest that resembles a dragon

Daniel Thomas Rand (of Earth-616), also known as Iron Fist, is an ally of Spider-Man and current CEO of Rand Corporation. 


Early life

Daniel Rand was born in New York City, the son of wealthy American businessman Wendell Rand, who settled on Earth after leaving the city of K'un L'un.

When Daniel was nine, Wendell wanted to return to K'un L'un with his new family via a portal that opened every ten years. During the journey up the mountain, Daniel slipped off the path, holding on to his mother and father. Meachum, who was on the trip and wanted to take over Wendell's business, forced Wendell to fall to his death. Heather rejected Meachum's help, preferring to journey without him or die.

The Road to the Iron Fist

When Daniel's mother dies saving him from wolves before they get to K'un L'un, Daniel expresses his desire for vengeance,. Daniel is trained by Yü-Ti, as Daniel trains his fists by plunging them into buckets of sand, gravel, and rock to toughen them and being taught various fighting styles.

At age 19, Daniel attains the power of the Iron Fist by throwing himself against the scar of Shou-Lao the Dragon, which burns a dragon tattoo into his chest. Having killed Shou-Lao, he enters its cave and plunges his fists into a brazier containing the creature's molten heart, emerging with the power of the Iron Fist.

Heroes for Hire

After Daniel claimed his inheritance as a full partner in Rand-Meachum, Inc, he started up a business as a crime fighter with his good friend Luke Cage called "Heroes for Hire" where he and Luke Cage accepted jobs as bodyguards or detectives for money.

Hulking Events


Daniel as Daredevil

Daniel made an agreement with Matt Murdock (Daredevil) to pose as Daredevil in order to fool the media that Matt was not Daredevil. 

During Civil War and as Daredevil, Daniel opposed the Superhuman Registration Act and did not give up his identity. While he was posing as Daredevil, Daniel was arrested by Pro-Registration police and was thrown in Iron Man's Negative Zone prison. After he was freed from the Negative Zone Prison, he joined Captain America's team for the final battle against Iron Man's team.

After the arrest of Captain America, Daniel joined the first team of New Avengers with Luke Cage, Spider-Man, and others. He left for many reasons, but allied with them often, such as helping the team rescue Luke Cage from Norman Osborn.

During the World War Hulk event, Daniel was captured by Hulk's force after failing to project Rick Jones.

Towards the end of the Secret Invasion event, Iron Fist was seen allied with the Avengers in a final fight against the Skrulls.


Daniel was soon kidnapped by Norman Osborn, drugged and mind controlled to join the Thunderbolts team.

Daniel used his chi to resist the mind control, as well as strong words said by Luke helped to repair Daniel's damaged mind.

Joining the New Avengers


Iron Fist with his magic immune costume

After joining Luke Cage's team of New Avengers, the team is attacked by a possessed Doctor Strange looking for the Eye of Agamotto. After hopping bodies, the possession moves to Daniel who gets teleported away while a pack of demons start to attack New York. Daniel was teleported to a white void, free of his possession and starts to talk to the Ancient One saying that everything that is currently happening is Doctor Strange's fault.

The Ancient One sends Daniel back to Earth in a new, white costume, immune to magic in order to confront Doctor Strange. Soon, Doctor Strange also realizes that the spirit of Agamotto is behind the attacks, then all of the New Avengers lend their powers to Wolverine in order to defeat Agamotto.

Spider-Man Team-Up


"Fist him!"

After escaping from jail, Norman Osborn reforms his Dark Avengers team. Together with Spider-Man, Daniel fights and defeats Ragnarok, the clone of Thor.

Reformed Heroes for Hire

After the events of Shadowland, the organization is run by a mind controlled Misty Knight with many heroes following her lead. 

After Iron Fist helps to free Misty from mind control, the other members lose faith in Heroes for Hire and leave. Paladin convinces Misty Knight to restart Heroes for Hire from the ground up and earn the respect of the superhero community.

The first to rejoin the operation is Spider-Man.


During the Spider-Island event, the Heroes for Hire are called in by Mayor Jameson to help fight off an outbreak that caused anyone bitten by a spider to develop spider powers.

Heroes for Hire end up fighting spider-powered versions of many people in an effort to contain the outbreak in Manhattan.

Avengers vs. X-Men

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Daniel sides with the Avengers, as apart of the team to take Hope Summers from Utopia and is apart of every fight against the Phoenix Five.

Much later in the event, Daniel takes Hope to K'un Lun with Spider-Man to train to fight the Phoenix Force and master the powers of the Phoenix, while he tells of a prophecy featuring a red haired Earth girl who became the Iron Fist and mastered the power of the Phoenix hundreds of years before.

Daniel and Lei-Kung start training her before the prophecy tells Spider-Man to train her.

After the events of AvX, Luke Cage disbands the New Avengers and Daniel finds a new love interest.

Powers and abilities


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  • The Power of Chi: Daniel can use the power of natural energy called "Chi" to do extraordinary things to his body such as increasing his strength, speed, stamina, durability, agility and reflexes. He has used his chi to run faster and catch bullets.
    • Chi Manipulation: Daniel can use his chi manipulation to create an energy based ranged weapon.
    • Enhanced Strength: By taking chi from the heart of the mystic serpent Shou-Lao, Daniel can make his hand glow along with being very resistant almost any type of injury or harm and increase the strength of his punches. The extent of this ability is unknown, but Daniel has shown strong enough to destroy a NYC train with one punch, while the Iron Fist is active.
    • Energy Absorption: Daniel can absorb most types of energy directed at him and use it to increase his chi based powers.
    • Nervous System Control: Daniel has control over his nervous system which allows him to numb him body to harm, withstand the effects of drugs or poisons and slow down the rate at which he bleeds. Daniel can also use this ability to pass lie detector tests.
    • Hypnotism: Daniel can make illusions to make anyone see what he wants them to see.
    • Consciousness Fuse: Daniel can briefly blend his consciousness with another body to share knowledge, emotions, and memories, somewhat like reading someones mind.
    • Energy Manipulation: Daniel can tap and manipulate energy fields.
    • Dimensional Travel: Daniel can harness his chi to make nexus points between dimensions.
    • Chi Sense: Daniel can detect a threat in his area before they do said action, almost like a Spider-Sense.
    • Enhanced Hearing: It is unknown if this is chi based power, but Daniel has said he can hear sweat rolling down another person's body.
    • Empathy: Daniel has the ability to sense the emotions/feelings of people and he can even project he emotions onto others.
    • Enhanced Durability: Daniel can create a chi-based "aura" around himself in order to protect himself from harm.
    • Chi Healing: Daniel can focus his chi enough to heal himself from near death or get any poison out of his body. He can also heal other people.
    • Environmental Adaptation: Using his focus and meditation skills, Daniel can sustain himself for long amounts of time in harsh weather areas.


  • Magic Immunity: The white outfit given to Daniel by the Ancient One gave him the ability to be immune to all magic.
  • Meditation: Daniel is an expert at meditiation and can use it to numb or heal his pain, withstand tempartures and slow his heart rate.
  • Master of the Martial Arts: Daniel is one of the most expert combatants in the Marvel universe and knows many different fighting styles. He has held his own against Wolverine and Captain Ameica. He also beaten Spider-Man and Daredevil in a fight.
  • Longevity: Daniel has a slowed aging process much like the Iron Fist before him, Orson Randall.
  • Peak Human Acrobat Skills:  Daniel has shown to be able to do incredible flips.

Strength level

Without increasing his strength using chi, Daniel can lift 350 lbs. With chi, no more than 800 lbs.



    • Iron Fist in the Super Hero Squad Show
    • Iron Fist with Luke and Scott Lang (Ant-Man)
    • Iron Fist with Iron Man in Lego Marvel Super Heroes: Maximum Overload
    • Iron Fist in the Ultimate Spider-Man cartoon
    • Iron Fist in armor (USM TV series)
    Iron Fist appears in The Super Hero Squad Show episode "A Brat Walks Among Us", voiced by Mikey Kelley. 
  • Iron Fist first appears in Avengers: Earth's Mightiest Heroes episode "To Steal an Ant-Man", voiced by Loren Lester reprising his role from Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3.
    • In the episode "Yellowjacket", Iron Fist makes a cameo appearance paying respect at Hank Pym's funeral.
    • In the episode "New Avengers", Iron Fist is one of many heroes that come together to fight Kang the Conqerer and form the New Avengers with Spider-Man leading.
    • In the season finale episode "Avengers Assemble", he is one of many heroes that comes together to defeat Galactus.
  • A teenage version of Iron Fist appears as one of the main characters in Ultimate Spider-Man, voiced by Greg Cipes
  • Iron Fist appears in the Lego Marvel Super Heroes: Maximum Overload mini-series, voiced by Greg Cipes reprising his role from the Ultimate Spider-Man cartoon.
  • On November 6, 2013, Disney and Marvel announced that a television series based on Iron Fist would air on Netflix.

Video Games

    • Iron Fist in Spider-Man and Venom: Maximum Carnage (1994)
    • Iron Fist in Spider-Man: Friend or Foe
    • Iron Fist in Marvel Ultimate Alliance 2
    • Iron Fist in Ryu's MvC3 ending
    • Iron Fist official artwork in Ult Marvel vs. Capcom 3
    • Iron Fist official artwork for Marvel Avengers Alliance
    • Iron Fist in Avengers Tower in Marvel Heroes
    • Sack Boy as Iron Fist in LBP
    • Iron Fist as a Lego in Lego Marvel Super Heroes
    • Heroic Age Iron Fist in Marvel Avengers Alliance Tactics
    • Iron Fist in Disney Infinity
    • Iron Fist in Marvel Contest of Champions
    • Iron Fist in Marvel Future Fight
    Iron Fist appears as a non-playable character in the 16-bit video game Spider-Man and Venom: Maximum Carnage (1994), which was released for the Super Nintendo and Genesis game consoles.
  • Iron Fist appears as a playable character in Spider-Man: Friend or Foe voiced by John Rubinow. 
  • Iron Fist is a playable character in Marvel: Ultimate Alliance 2, voiced by Peter Dobson. 
  • Iron Fist makes a cameo appearance in Ryu's ending in Marvel vs. Capcom 3: Fate of Two Worlds.
  • Iron Fist is a new playable character in Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3 voiced by Loren Lester.
  • Iron Fist is a playable character in the Facebook game Marvel: Avengers Alliance.
  • Iron Fist is available as downloadable content for the game LittleBigPlanet, as part of "Marvel Costume Kit 5".
  • Iron Fist appears in Marvel Heroes, voiced by J.P. Karliak. He is one of the Heroes for Hire that Luke Cage can summon in-game.
  • Iron Fist appears as a playable character in Lego Marvel Super Heroes, voiced by Andrew Kishino.
  • Iron Fist was a playable character in Marvel Avengers Alliance Tactics.
  • Iron Fist is a playable character in the Spider-Man Playset for Disney Infinity: Marvel Super Heroes, voiced by Greg Cipes.
  • Iron Fist is a playable fighting character in Marvel Contest of Champions mobile game.


  • Iron Fist is ranked as the 195th greatest comic book character of all time by Wizard magazine.
  • IGN also ranked Iron Fist as the 68th greatest comic book hero of all time stating that in the Marvel Universe, mastery of martial arts is enough to qualify as a super-power, and none are more "super" at the art of fighting than Iron Fist.


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    Fighting Sabretooth

    Iron Fist was the first Marvel superhero to face Sabretooth, and subsequently defeat him, without the use of his "Iron Fist" ability. 
  • Daniel Rand is the 67th Iron Fist.
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