Netflix recently dropped season 2 of Marvel’s Iron Fist, a show with an overwhelmingly panned first season. As the fourth series to round out “The Defenders” hero group of New York, the first season failed to do much except set up plot for The Defenders itself. Its main hero was annoying, parts of it were boring, and it quickly became known as the worst Marvel series to exist.
But what about season 2?
With a new DC Comics event, Witching Hour, announced with covers posted online, it shows a Wonder Woman turned evil. The amazing covers make nerds question when else have superheroes turned evil? Not the alternate universe counterparts or evil doppelgangers, but the heroes themselves. What made them turn and did they return again to the side of the angels? NerdBastards delves into the details of DC’s Witching Hour event as well as 5 other heroes who have taken a ride on the dark side.
Even among the most hardcore fans of Marvel’s Netflix shows, Iron Fist ranks low. Iron Fist was rushed, and it showed in both writing and fight choreography, as well as crew preparations. But fans saw hope for the character in Defenders with the chemistry between actors Finn Jones and Mike Colter who play Danny Rand, Iron Fist, and Luke Cage, respectively. Still, the character fell short of fan expectations. That is until Danny showed up for an episode of Luke Cage. Finally, fans saw an Iron Fist they could root for. A more grounded character. But what was still missing from the character, and will Iron Fist Season 2 give it to us?
While Marvel has become the summer blockbuster overlord when it comes to films, the company had begun to lose steam on its Netflix series front. Daredevil season 1 and 2 and the first season of Jessica Jones were wild hits, but things seemed to stagnate from there. Luke Cage, first seen on Jessica Jones, received lukewarm reviews on his own series and Iron Fist was relatively panned by critics and fans alike. The Defenders brought things back up, but things from there (The Punisher, Jessica Jones season 2) have wavered in that gray area of “good, but kinda slow and forgettable”.
Then Luke Cage season 2 releases on Netflix and the whole game is changed again. (more…)
Marvel Studios has long been a big presence at San Diego Comic Con, but in the last several years they’ve had to specialize. You can’t have one, big Marvel panel anymore, you’ve got to have one for the movies, and one for Inhumans, and yes, one for the Netflix series that fall under the general headline of The Defenders. The entire street-level hero team was on call at the con tonight revealing new footage, new details, and making new announcements. (more…)
Hot on the heels of yesterday’s teaser comes the first full trailer for Netflix‘s Defenders. Defenders is the pay-off combination of four Netflix Marvel series Daredevil, Jessica Jones, Luke Cage, and Iron Fist. The interaction between the different street level superheroes will be interesting to observe, their fighting styles and approach to super-heroing are very different, as different as their powers. Check out the trailer below and get a look at Sigourney Weaver‘s new role as the big bad in new York. (more…)
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.
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 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…)