Danny once again took refuge at Colleen’s dojo and sparred with her, defeating her in hand-to-hand combat while pointing out the flaws in her fighting style. Later that day, Joy met with Danny, finally believing that he was who he said. However, this didn’t prove the welcome that Danny expected, as she offered him $100 million to change his name, as it would be more of a headache for Rand to appear in the public eye again after all these years.
Depressed at being rejected by the only family he had left, Danny recruited Jeri Hogarth of Hogarth, Chao & Benowitz LLP to represent him like she did for his parents. She promised to help him regain control of the company and gave him a client suite to stay in and money to buy clothes with. Using an artifact from his childhood, Hogarth proved Danny’s identity, thus making him the owner of Rand Enterprises. His non-materialistic approach to the world began to clash with the money-making business model supported by Ward.
Soon after, he discovered that Harold Meachum was still alive. The Hand killed Harold and brought him back to life after his cancer diagnosis. Danny was shocked and horrified to learn that the evil organization had infested his father’s company and assured Harold he would help eradicate the Hand, the sworn enemy of K’un-Lun.
Danny began to suspect the Hand of running a heroin drug ring under the auspices of Rand Enterprises, given that the logo on the drug’s packaging was that of Shou-Lao. Over a fancy takeout meal at the dojo, he asked Colleen to help him stop the drugs from coming into the city. It was here that he also met Claire Temple for the first time. Colleen agreed to help Danny after he admitted that he bought the building in which her dojo resides and was now her landlord, meaning that she never had to pay rent again.
Making the acquaintance of Hand lieutenant Madame Gao, Danny struck a deal with her that if he completed all of her challenges, the Hand would remove itself from Rand Enterprises. If Danny lost, however, he had to leave them alone. Danny defeated everyone: Andrei, Grigori Veznikov, the Bride of Nine Spiders, and Scythe, thus completing Gao’s gauntlet. The elderly woman kept her word, but not before mentioning Wendell’s name, causing Danny to ask her how she knew his father.
Wanting more answers, Danny traveled to a factory in Anzhou, China with Colleen and Claire, kidnapped Gao and brought her back to the dojo in America. Colleen was poisoned and hovered near death until a mysterious man named Bakuto showed up and told Danny to heal her with the power of the Iron Fist. Drained from this, Rand was taken to Bakuto’s compound, the place where Colleen was raised, but soon discovered that his supposed benefactor and his disciples were members of the Hand. He confronted Colleen, whom he believed was in Bakuto’s pocket the entire time, but she assured him that there was no conspiracy and that this sect of the Hand was good.