Iron Fist fight scenes to pack heavier punches

Fight coordinator Clayton Barber isn’t fooling around.

In a video featurette for Marvel’s Iron Fist, Clayton, known for his stunt work on Creed (2015) and Black Panther (2018), spoke to the rewards in preparing fight scenes for the Marvel program’s second season.

Marvel’s ‘Iron Fist’ season 2 stunt coordinator Clayton Barber

“I’ve come from a fight background my whole life,” Clayton shared in the clip, which was released a month ago. “For this season, I wanted to come in and do something different.”

Iron Fist, whose first season premiered in March 2017, follows Danny Rand (played by Finn Jones), a martial arts expert with an ability to summon a special power known as the ‘Iron Fist’. Reviews for the first season were widely uncomplimentary, but a strong viewership allowed the show to remain afloat.

Behind the scenes with Finn Jones during a fight scene.

For his part, star Finn Jones sang Clayton praises. “The fighting style on this season is just wicked,” Jones said in the clip. “There’s an edge to the choreography. There’s a relentless, visceral energy to it.”

Finn further commended Clayton for his ‘clear’ and ‘game-changing’ vision in conceptualizing his stunt visuals.

‘Punk rock’ imagery

For the latest season, Clayton was intent on emphasizing high-octane action sequences as one of the show’s ‘stars.’

“I really set out to make a punk-rock song,” he began. “We focused on rhythm, tempo, things like that. The fighting has evolved and changed; it’s gotten bigger and better.”

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“I just told (the cast) to stop thinking about it and just do it.”

A 10-episode second season of Marvel’s Iron Fist premiered on September 7, 2018 via Netlix.

(L-R) Raven Metzner, Finn Jones, Cheo Hodari Coker, Mike Colter, Mustafa Shakir, Adi Shankar, and Takashi Yoshizawa, all participated in Netflix’s exclusive panel discussion with the fans during the Asia Pop Comicon.

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