18 March, 2017
Ch-ch-check out the positive fan reactions for Marvel's Iron Fist (below)! It has this eager and hopeless air about it, an ugly shelter dog that wants to be loved despite its crude proportions, its hurried design. Still, whatever happens then, for now fans may finally have a reason to be interested in Iron Fist again.
But then you think about it some more, and that pity hardens into frustration.
As a rule, Netflix dramas aren't tremendously respectful of your time. This is the streaming service's fourth (and not final) Marvel series, so they should have learned some lessons by now.
Marvel's Iron Fist Season 1 is now streaming on Netflix.
But just how does Iron Fist pave the way for #TheDefenders? With them, it borders on unconscionable.
"Danny understands the bigger threat, because he's been dealing it all throughout his life and all throughout season one of Iron Fist", he told Entertainment Tonight. "So, when he meets The Defenders, he's the one who really drives the group to understand the bigger picture".
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If there's one searing, glowing, white hot bright light in Marvel's Iron Fist, it's Colleen Wing.
Wing is a central character in Iron Fist, giving writers the needed hook to involve Claire in the storyline.
Not as gritty as "Daredevil" or as cool as "Luke Cage" and "Jessica Jones", this latest component of what will be put together as "The Defenders" lands with more of a tiresome thud.
While Iron Fist's male opponents launch straight into battle, the Bride begins by flirting with him. Spoilers will follow, so if you haven't made it through the first six outings yet, bookmark this page and come back later. The best fight scenes aren't just visually inventive feasts demonstrating the limits of the human body - they inform our understanding of characters like the heroes of John Wick: Chapter Two, Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon and Enter the Dragon. The ending of Iron Fist shows her meeting with Davos and planning something major for the future: Joy Meachum is going to kill Danny Rand. Her supposedly badass comebacks and fight scenes might seem profound whittled down to brief social-media posts, but in the episodes they're lifeless.
Over the course of somewhere between a few weeks and a couple of months, Joy Meachum has found a long-lost childhood friend, tried to help her brother battle a drug addiction, been fired from the company her father co-founded, was betrayed by her brother, found out her long-dead father was actually alive and can straight-up cheat death, got involved in an worldwide conspiracy, found out her childhood friend has superpowers, and discovered that her company was a front for a massive heroin ring. This character is clearly the thread that ties the Marvel Netflix corner of the #MCU together, and her presence has been teased for quite some time. As is, she's a rudderless cipher, an amateurish approximation of a cool, icy businesswoman. It's as if the whole thing is improvised by a level-one UCB class who were explicitly told not to be amusing. They're all plodding and empty, too little plot stretched out over too many episodes.
But what works against IRON FIST is that it doesn't have as strong an identity as Jessica Jones or Luke Cage. He comes back with mysterious new powers that include martial arts expertise and the ability to summon the power of the Iron Fist. It's been impressive to see what Marvel's done with Netflix. However, when a long-destined enemy rises in NY, this living weapon is forced to choose between his family's legacy and his duties as the Iron Fist. For its clumsy (at best) handling of Asian culture first and foremost, yes. She's older than me so it's this weird thing. But what kind of hellish Stockholm syndrome have we been battered into where that is a reasonable thing to say?
"I was actually hesitant to get involved with the project at first", says showrunner Scott Buck about getting pitched by Marvel to helm the series. That's an insane amount of trust and patience to ask of audiences.