Using all of the fighting knowledge he gained in the Anomaly Realm, Davos once again fought Rand for his Iron Fist abilities. Having bested Danny, the Steel Serpent returned to K’un-Lun with the might of the Iron Fist and took over the realm. Backed by Colleen Wing, Misty Knight, and the Thunderer, Rand returned to the mystical city and defeated Steel Serpent, regaining his power in the process. Though custom dictated that Rand kill his fallen foe, Iron Fist spared Steel Serpent. The Thunderer attempted to offer his son a new life, but Davos once again struck out on his own.
Years later, the Steel Serpent returned around the same time that Danny Rand met his Iron Fist predecessor Orson Randall. Working with Xao, a high-ranking Hydra agent, Davos unwittingly helped established a plan for Wai-Go Industries to buy Rand’s company, build a magnetic track near a portal to K’un-Lun and blow it up with a train full of explosives.
At the same time, Davos also worked with Crane Mother of K’un-Zi to act as her Immortal Weapon during the Tournament of the Heavenly Cities. Her previous champion had been killed by Orson Randall and she could not produce a legitimate representative again for some time. Before the tournament began, Davos beat Orson so badly that he decided to give his chi to Danny instead of healing himself.
During the tournament itself, Davos renamed himself the Steel Phoenix. He made his debut fighting against Tiger’s Beautiful Daughter and lost a hand to her before executing the Steel Phoenix Blow to nearly kill his opponent. The fight only ended when the Thunderer stepped in. Later, John Aman, the Prince of Orphans, took Fat Cobra’s place to teach Steel Phoenix and everyone present that this exhibition did not revolve around murder, but instead displaying their fighting prowess.
Davos met with his father after hearing rumors of Xao’s desire to destroy K’un-Lun with the aid of Crane Mother. The paranoid warrior considered this a ploy by his father to mess with his mind. Eventually confronted by the reality of the situation, Davos followed the traitorous Yu-Ti to the Randall Gate—portal between K’un-Lun and Earth built by Orson Randall’s father—where the Thunderer’s surrogate daughter, soon to be known as Sparrow, and the Army of Thunder stopped both men. Davos fought alongside the Army to defeat the influx of Hydra agents sent by Xao and then did the same with his fellow Immortal Weapons.
With the tournament demolished, but K’un-Lun saved, Davos found himself cut off from Crane Mother’s chi. He then supplicated himself to his father who would become the new Yu-Ti. Instead of locking his son up in a cell, though, Kei Lung put Davos in charge of protecting the new dragon egg.
Though well intended, this proved a less-than-productive punishment as Davos soon returned to his selfish and duplicitous ways. By the time the current Shou-Lao began to shuffle off this mortal coil, Davos managed to wound the current Thunderer, Sparrow, and make way for the One—a training robot that gained sentience after merging with Wendell Rand’s corpse—to destroy K’un-Lun.
From there he traveled to New York in search of a young monk from K’un-Lun named Pei who made off with the dragon egg. The One and Davos planned to recreate K’un-Lun on Earth and open a gateway to the afterlife using the old Rand skyscraper, but eventually Iron Fist and Sparrow made their way back to Earth to stop them. While Danny went after the One, Sparrow remained behind to battle with the man who killed her adoptive father and blinded her.
After the One failed to bring Wendell Rand’s wife Heather back to life, but succeeded in allowing a giant fire god to terrorize Earth, Davos intended to flee back to K’un-Lun, but Sparrow stopped him, leading to another battle. The one-time Steel Serpent then made a move even shocking to those familiar with his slippery exploits and killed the latest incarnation of Shao-Lao by snapping its neck in front of Pei. He intended for this to be a starting-over point for his homeland, but instead found himself smashed into a nearby wall by Pei, who now exhibited her own Iron Fist abilities.