‘Iron Fist’ – Alice Eve and Simone Missick Interview on Season 2, Typhoid Mary, and Training

Marvel’s Iron Fist season two new cast members Alice Eve and Simone Missick were teamed up for interviews at the 2018 San Diego Comic Con. After being part of The Defenders and Luke Cage casts, Missick’s Misty will become an important member of the Iron Fist team. Alice Eve joins the series in the role of Mary Walker/Typhoid Mary, a character fans are anxious to see brought to life in the Netflix series.

Season two of the action drama will premiere on Netflix on September 7, 2018 with Finn Jones back in the title role.

What are you most excited for fans to see in season two and what are you most excited about getting to incorporate in the new season?

Jeph Loeb: “I think that when Raven (Metzner) came in and started talking about two things – one, that we up our game on the action side of things and we brought in Clayton Barber as the fight coordinator and really helped train our actors to a place. I think people will see that. But I think more importantly a lot of season one focused on Danny discovering himself as to who he is and his relationship with Rand. Now, he has a different mission.

His mission is the post-The Defenders world and – spoiler ahead – just before Matt Murdock died he asked Danny to take on the mantle of protecting his city. So, we’re seeing him more in a vigilante role. We’re seeing him in the same way that Luke looks after Harlem and Jessica is in Hell’s Kitchen, that we sort of open up the Lower East Side and be down in Chinatown and down in The Bowery. And we’ll see a (new) part of New York. We’ve always said New York is the fifth Defender, and having him be in that world and bring into that Colleen and her world, and then bring Misty into that. And then all of a sudden Mary shows up and then Davos shows up and then it’s all a mess.”

Alice, were familiar with the character Typhoid Mary?

Alice Eve: “No, I wasn’t familiar with Typhoid Mary. However, I was given the comics and I read them in detail. I fell madly in love with Typhoid Mary because her psychosis chimes nicely with mine. Sometimes I would rather be violent than say hello as well. I understand.”

Simone, can you talk about the whole arm issue?

Simone Missick: “Yeah, she loses it violently and she doesn’t have it. You know, at the end of The Defenders Misty loses her arm and, essentially, she loses her identity and her career. She steps away from being a cop. We get to see that journey of her getting the prosthetic from Danny Rand with the help of her newfound friend, Colleen, and the adjustment of that. You know, the discrimination people who are differently abled receive from the people around them, whether it’s the people at their job or whether it’s their actual friends or family. And so, she gets to the point where she feels confidant in who she is. She’s got her swagger back.

You get to see her and this guy named Luke Cage… or something like that…they fight and stuff. (Laughing). When you see Misty step on the scene in Iron Fist season two, she’s very much in that new walk of, ‘This is who I am and this is who I am to the world.’ But then, the world of Colleen and Danny is completely different than the world of Luke and Misty uptown. There’s a little bit of unsure footing in that.

If you were at the panel you got to see this young lady by the name of Mary just come in and expose a different level of Misty that we haven’t seen. You don’t really get to see Misty get her ass kicked and in this show you do. I think that that’s exciting. To me, we’re telling a great story of women in a full-fledged and full-rounded way. It’s not just, ‘I show up, I wreck it, and I leave.’

You get to see other things happen emotionally and physically that are exciting.”

Misty and Colleen are fan favorites. Any thoughts about a spin-off with those two characters?

Jeph Loeb: “Obviously, there’s great excitement. I think there will be even greater excitement when people see the show. That’s really Netflix’s decision. I get up every morning and I’d like to make about 10 other shows, but I have to wait until someone actually says, ‘We’ll put it on the air,’ otherwise my boss goes, ‘You spent $100 million. Who’s going to pay for that?!’”

Will we see any other Daredevil influences in season two?

Jeph Loeb: “I think only in maybe the tone and certainly Danny confronting certain situations that Matt would have. For example, how the police feel about what it is that he’s doing. It’s not like he’s unknown. He’s actually a very well-known person, so we have to deal with those things in the most realistic way we can.”

How does the tone overall compare to the first season?

Alice Eve: “I think Raven has really brought…you saw it a little bit in the scene with Colleen and Danny in the kitchen where there’s sort of extreme violence and then there’s a kind of almost ’40s repartee, like a ‘40s humor back and forth. Balancing that levity with violence, and it’s almost like with dancing. I know Clayton, our stunt guy, would say for him it was Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers. We were doing dances together.”

Jeph Loeb: “But in a punk rock style. That’s what so cool about it.”

Alice Eve: “Right. So, I think Raven has brought a tempo, certainly with Colleen and a couple of others. Obviously, there is darkness and there’s tragedy in there, too, but there is this sort of tempo that I would say that is the tone. I would say the tone is slightly ‘40s.”

Alice, could you talk about training to play Typhoid Mary?

Alice Eve: (Laughing) “I think that’s all I am allowed to talk about so, yes, let’s talk about that! I did it a lot with Clayton. He’s a man I truly admire. I have a lot of time for Clayton, although I hated him for five months. But in hindsight I’m really grateful it was him because he was ruthless with me and tough.

As Jeph told me – change my relationship with pain. I did end up in the hospital. I was in a lot of pain all the time. I worked really hard because he was a hard taskmaster. I trained four hours a day, every day that I wasn’t filming. Sometimes you had to go when you were.

That is not something I’m at all regretful about. It actually in a lot of ways changed my life. The ability to inhabit yourself as a woman and know that we’re taught in school that boys are stronger but to be in your body and to know that actually you do have resources – you do have reflexes, you do have speed, you do have strength. Those are things you can walk down the street at night with. It’s different. Walking down the street as a woman is a specific experience, and to know that you have something in your arsenal – it may be one or two moves. I’m not saying I would go down the street like Jackie Chan. But I do know that if something happened, I have something in my head as a response. That’s a great gift. That’s a bigger gift than any ring.”

What would you say is the overarching theme of the season?

Alice Eve: “Duality.”

Simone Missick: “Duality.”

Jeph Loeb: (Laughing) “I guess I’ll go with duality.”

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