(Note: Jack O’Lantern is here speaking with Danny Rand/Iron Fist. The interference on the recording is due to energies discharged from an unvaried source (what Rand claims is “an interrupted magical ritual” -- see Summary of Developments No. 6). Shortly after this recording, Jack O’Lantern escaped a S.H.I.E.L.D. assault team. He is still at large. Rand’s part in the interaction has been erased for security reasons.)
Danny, you got to understand. You give me a beatdown, I take it, because later I’m gonna laugh at the beatdown you’re gonna get. You’re messing with things you don’t understand at all—even you, with your chi and your dragon thing and all that. You maybe understand it better than most, but you still don’t understand it. He’s in my head. I don’t know who. There’s a voice, he talks to me. Says he’s talking to Elektra too, and the Hand . They’re all his, he says. They’re his Hand. I’m part of his hand too. What we just did…
No, I don’t know what it was exactly. Something big is gonna happen, though. Count on that. And when it does, you’d better be on the right side. S.H.I.E.L.D. can maybe fight Hydra , AIM , all those guys, but you can’t fight this. I’m talking other worlds. I’m talking beings that see us like bugs if we’re lucky.
Yeah, me too. Yeah, hell yeah I’m scared. I wouldn’t be doing this if I wasn’t.
But I’m not scared of you.
Elektra? Her I’m scared of. I heard rumors she was a Skrull or something, but she’s not. I don’t think she’s all the way human anymore, but she’s not an alien. That thing I was telling you talks to me? She hears it a lot louder than I do. She’s like one of its confidants. Her and the Hood .
Me, I’m just doing what I’m told. And I’m told to take you out.
PREPARED BY MARIA HILL
S.H.I.E.L.D. PERSONNEL FILE: Iron Fist
Classification: Independent Operator (“Hero for Hire ”)
Criminal Record: None
Power: Can channel his chi (lifeforce) through his hand which he uses to deliver an indefensible blow. He can also manipulate his chi to merge minds with others, heal injury, and, under great duress, surround himself in an bioelectric field.
Abilities: Thanks to training at K’un L’un (See below), Iron Fist is one of the most accomplished martial artists on the planet.
Known History: Daniel Rand’s wealthy father spent a fortune trying to find the lost city of K’un L'un in the Himalayas, sacrificing his and his wife’s lives in the attempt. Young Danny was discovered and adopted by the deathless citizens of the immortal city and trained to become their champion, the sixty-sixth in a long line of human weapons. Iron Fist felt his skill could be put to best use protecting all of humanity, however, and returned to his native New York, where he formed an unlikely partnership with “hero for hire” Luke Cage .
Observations: “Look, I know I bust on Fist a lot, but it’s for his own good. He was raised by kung fu hippies in Shangri-La or wherever. He’s a good guy and a better partner, but sometimes he needs to be brought back down to Earth, you know? It’s hard to relate to people if your head’s in the clouds thinking of ancient Chinese secrets all the time.
“K’un L’un secrets.
“Whatever.” — Luke Cage