While Season One of Marvel and Netflix’s Iron Fist was largely seen as the first big disappointment in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, the show did have occasional moments that revealed that the show and its characters had potential. Well, if you’re watching the Italian dub of the show, then one such moment has been added to make for a better experience: one of the characters alludes to the larger MCU by name-dropping Spider-Man.
ComicBook.com found the reference, which comes in the fourth episode right after protagonist Danny Rand attempted to climb up a building at the end of the previous episode. Rand, of course, got knocked out of the building only to make a hard – but survivable – landing on a lower-level roof before falling unconscious. When he wakes up, he finds himself comfortably sitting at a penthouse near the top of the building and is lectured by Harold Meachum. You can probably tell where this is going at this point, and you’d be right – Meachum smarmily tells the Iron Fist that he’s no Spider-Man.
The original English track took things in a different direction by mentioning Daredevil – another Netflix hero – instead. In general, Netflix’s corner of the MCU has had a weird relationship with the movies. While posters promoting the shows feature the Avengers Tower in the background in several shots, the tower itself is conspicuously absent from several shots where it would easily be able to fit into the background. The climax of The Avengers, which prominently featured New York City under attack from an alien invasion, is alluded to, along with the team themselves, but usually not by name. And while Spider-Man: Homecoming is set predominantly in New York, the creative team behind the film has mentioned that there aren’t any direct references to any of the shows (although that’s something they want to fix with subsequent movies). So this sort of Easter Egg does quite a bit to connect things together in that it alludes to more recent events within the MCU as a setting. A pity that it wasn’t a part of the show’s original broadcast!
While no announcement has been made about the possibility of Iron Fist getting a second season, it’s long since been confirmed that the title character and the show’s supporting cast will be a big part to play on The Defenders. In the meantime, while we probably won’t be seeing him on a Netflix show, Spider-Man is going to be a big part of the MCU going forward, with appearances in Spider-Man: Homecoming in 2017, in Avengers: Infinity War in 2018, in Avengers 4 and a Spider-Man sequel in 2019, and in a third Spider-Man movie at an unspecified point in the future.