Two weeks away from its Netflix premiere, Iron Fist has already generated some buzz around itself, and not all of it is positive. Obviously, fitting into the already stellar Defenders lineup, we have lofty expectations and rightfully so. Yet, Netflix got themselves into a little bit of a mess by casting white actor Finn Jones to play Danny Rand, sparking an outrage that they did not cast an Asian actor to play a character who is a martial arts master (even though Danny is white in the comics). In any case, I won’t get into that, as that’s not the purpose of this blog, but I felt the need to mention it because it is one of the big things to know heading into the series- some people already have a negative perception of it.
The fourth Defender, and the final one before Netflix comes out with The Defenders, the tone of the show will be familiar. Daredevil, Luke Cage, and Jessica Jones comprise the lower-level heroes of the Marvel Cinematic Univerese, and while htey may not be travelling between dimensions or fighting evil robots, these heroes are much darker and more captivating than their colleagues on the big screen. Iron Fist should be no different, as we can expect the dark, dramatic feel to continue through this show as well.
Finn Jones is a face familiar to many through his time on Game of Thrones. Personally, I think casting him was a good choice. He is familiar enough but still not popular enough for us to have any real impression of what his performance will be like, similar to how we did not really know the other three stars of the Defenders shows before those came out, aside from maybe one or two things that we had seen those actors in. As always, we know to expect familiar faces, such as Rosario Dawson, Carrie-Anne Moss, and Wai Ching Ho who played Gao previously in this Netflix subset of the MCU. Building up to the Defenders, familiar faces are always welcome to create that sense of a shared universe, and those actors have all done a fantastic job so far in their roles.
Going back to the buildup of the Defenders, we should expect to see a lot of crossover in that regard. We didn’t get much of it in Luke Cage which was a little disappointing, but with this being the last stop on Marvel and Netflix’s path to the Defenders, I think we may see the other titular heroes at some point.
Iron Fist as a comic book series was never popular until they paired him with Luke Cage. Also, we already have another martial-arts centered hero in this universe in Daredevil. I think that Iron Fist will be slightly out of place at first, but as the series progresses he will find his niche in this universe, and I have high expectations for this show. Luke Cage lost a lot of steam once Cottonmouth died, and rightfully so- Mahershala Ali brought a lot of charisma to the screen and replacing him with anyone would have been difficult. Daredevil‘s second season was a let down for some people, but I enjoyed it quite a bit. And last but not least, I have been itching to see more of Jessica Jones, because the first season was so good and completely out of nowhere- I have certainly never seen a comic book adaptation quite like that one. Season 2 of that won’t get here soon enough.
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All episodes of Iron Fist will be available to stream on Netflix on March 17.