Leading up to the debut of Iron Fist on Netflix, many critics were given the opportunity to review the first half of the season. Many of those critics were less than impressed with the latest Marvel superhero series and were quick to point out all of the flaws in the show. However, while the critics may not have been happy with what they saw, Finn Jones who plays the Iron Fist in the series was quick to defend his series and point out that the show was not made for the critics, but rather for the fans.
While the series may not be as well received as the first three Marvel shows, it is still a solid entry in the books and one that does act as a bridge to the upcoming team up miniseries, The Defenders. As The Washington Post reports, there are certainly plenty of moments when viewers will enjoy Iron Fist, just as there are moments that are not as much fun. Instead, this is a series that has its moments. It is not a surefire hit the way many felt that Jessica Jones or even Luke Cage were. Much like the character, who has to be focused in order to use his abilities, the series also has moments in which it seems to lose its focus.
Perhaps the biggest fault with Iron Fist is that it is marred by controversy. Since the casting announcement was made that Finn Jones would be playing Danny Rand, people have been up in arms over the decision, even if the casting did stay true to the comics. Instead, many fans wanted to see someone of Asian descent take on the role because of the rich Asian culture that the story mines from.
In the comics, the character is a blond-haired, white man whose family is well-to-do and therefore the casting decision made sense. Yet at the same time, some fans were seemingly hoping for more diversity and that is something that ultimately did not happen with Iron Fist. In order to get past this particular controversy, the series would have had to impress fans beyond even the first three series from Marvel and Netflix. However, with so many moments seemingly spent in a boardroom and not out fighting bad guys and showing off his martial abilities, this series fails to deliver on all of its potential.
While not necessarily as bad as many of the critics would have fans believe, it is true that Iron Fist seems to lack some of the sheer grit and even fun of the other members of the Defenders. Instead, the show should be enjoyed more on its own merits rather than comparing it to the other Marvel and Netflix series. Although the critics may have found fault with much of the series, there are still plenty of moments to enjoy, even as there are also those that will have fans shaking their heads and wishing for better.
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By Dorothea James
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