This past weekend, Netflix unveiled their latest Marvel collaboration, Iron Fist. Despite their stellar track record with such hits as Daredevil, Jessica Jones, and Luke Cage, this one caused the most concern ever since its conception. For one, Iron Fist isn’t necessarily a “street-level” character like the other three are. Because his powers are mystical in nature and he spent most of his life living in another dimension in the mystical land of K’un-Lun, it was hard to imagine how this would translate to the small screen in the framework that the other “Defender” shows had already set up. After the first trailer dropped, fears eased, as it seemed to fit right into the paradigm that Marvel TV has so successfully set up. However, when the first 6 episodes were screened by critics and were universally panned, concerns grew once again.
‘Iron Fist’ Co-Creator Doesn’t Care How You Feel About Whitewashing (Nor Does He Care If Iron Fist Were Asian)
Part of the conversation about Netflix‘s Iron Fist show has been around the matter of whitewashing, or the “white saviour” trope; it’s the classic story of how a rich white kid encounters an Asian culture and takes from it in order to fight for truth, justice, and the rest back at his skyscraper penthouse. Well, Iron Fist’s comic book co-creator Roy Thomas has heard your criticisms and he’s got a message. “I have so little patience for some of the feelings that some people have.” Wow. That’s some hard-boiled honesty for you from a legend of the comic book world. Would you like to hear more? (more…)
Marvel’s fourth Netflix series Iron Fist premiered last Friday to some pretty difficult reviews. Interestingly, most of those reviews had to do with the content of the series, and not with the persistent complaint of the series until this point, the implantation of the “white saviour” trope. Here was Danny Rand, a rich white kid, learning from an Asian culture on how to save the world on their behalf. Kind of rough, right? Well, as it turned out, an Asian actor was almost cast in the part, and he’s talking about why the move on the part of Marvel would have been complex and ultimately more reflective of his own experience as an Asian-American. (more…)
Marvel’s ‘Iron Fist’ – All The Best Easter Eggs, Comic References, And Obligatory Cameo From Stan Lee
Marvel’s latest superhero series, Iron Fist, hit Netflix this past Friday. Its response so far has been mixed, to say the least (heck, there hasn’t been this much social media outcrying since Trump took the Whitehouse). It would be fair to say, in the most generalized fashion, that this series is not Marvel’s first dumpster fire but it surely isn’t the best of their Netflix series either. Compelling enough, perhaps not. But the show has its moments, as well as some new break out characters (who else would love to see a Colleen Wing and Misty Night spin-off, eh?) and made even more connections to the Netflix Marvel Universe. At the very least, it made for good background noise.
Whatever chatter is going around the interwebz, good or bad, Iron Fist managed throw in plenty of Easter Eggs for TV and comic fans alike. Emulating Steven Rogers in The Avengers with a good ole’ “I Got That Reference”, made Iron Fist that much more bearable to watch.
Did you catch em’ all, well did you? If you missed em, Here’s some of the best Easter eggs, cameos linked to The Defenders, the MCU, The Avengers and a whole lot more! (more…)
The latest collaboration between Netflix and Marvel, Iron Fist hit the streaming service this past weekend. While the show has not been well received by critics, it was still well watched this weekend by fans of the MCU. The show was trending on social media all weekend and has an audience score of 86% on Rotten Tomatoes, so the jury’s out on a whole. The show followed Danny Rand as he returned to New York after a 15-year absence training in the mystical land of K’un-Lun. Comic book fans wanted to see Danny Rand in his classic Iron Fist costume that we all know and love from the comics. Unfortunately, the show confirmed that he will not don the Iron Fist costume on the show (at least in the first season). That doesn’t mean that we didn’t see it on the show, though.
This coming Friday, the fourth “Defenders” show for Marvel and Netflix, Iron Fist will be released on the streaming service. The show will focus on Danny Rand, who returns to New York City after being presumed dead for 15 years to reclaim his family company. Oh, he also knows Kung Fu and is the “Iron Fist,” based on his abilities. The show will feature actor Finn Jones as the titular character as well as a host of other actors. The first 6 episodes of the 13 episode first season were released to critics. Suffice to say, the reviews have not been pleasant. The show currently holds a 14% on Rotten Tomatoes and has been severely panned by critics universally.
Nothing lasts forever. That’s what Marvel fans might be saying next week when they start binging the fourth Netflix series from Marvel Studios, Iron Fist. The early reviews are coming in for the new series, and let’s just say that they could be better. “Predictable”, “hammy”, and “skippable” are all words that you might be reading if you Google “Iron Fist reviews”, which given the way that the tremendous trifecta of Daredevil, Jessica Jones and Luke Cage turned out, is probably not something you want to read for the last series going into The Defenders. Ladies and gentlemen, prepare to wince. (more…)
The entertainment industry right now is positively inudated with superhero movies and TV shows. But if you weren’t familiar with the stories already, you wouldn’t necessarily recognise some of the latest releases as a part of the genre. While the main characters, for the most part, have the distinctive powers – whether through supernatural means or through feats of incredible technology – that make them so special, they increasingly bend the rules that fans have come to expect. Most noteably, a lot of heroes are deciding against wearing the iconic costumes that, for much of their careers so far, have defined them. (more…)
Almost all attention in Netflix’s new Marvel show Iron Fist will be focused on Danny Rand (Finn Jones) as he is the titular hero of the story. Rand, a presumed dead orphan has been missing for 15 years after the plane crash that killed his parent returns to New York City to fight for his family country. At the same time, he will have to balance those responsibilities with the responsibility of being the Iron Fist of K’un L’un.
The first full trailer for the upcoming Marvel and Netflix series Iron Fist has finally made its way onto the Internet. The fourth in the fantastic Marvel/Netflix street level superhero universe brings us the last of the upcoming Defenders and sets the stage for bigger things. There’s more than just one familiar face in the trailer. Rosario Dawson‘s Claire, the glue that seems to hold this universe together is there along with the villainous Madame Gau played by Wai Ching Ho. (more…)