Marvel and Netflix’s team up to bring us more of the dream, first with Daredevil, then Jessica Jones, Luke Cage and finally Iron First. I know a ton of you have seen the headlines, ‘Iron Fist Failure’ or ‘Iron Fist Sucks’. Let me be the first to tell you. I saw the headlines, I didn’t really read into much of the early reviews. Perhaps maybe we as fans have been super spoiled. I’ve talked about this with friends a few times. What is gonna happen in ten years? At one point we’re gonna get tired of all these comic book films. They’ll become boring and at some point just like Westerns of old, they will become a one shot.
Is Iron Fist Failure Marvel’s Fault?
I keep on using the term that Iron Fist was a failure let me be honest with you. Iron Fist when you compare it to shows like Luke Cage or Daredevil it falls short. I’m not even going to talk about the whole Asian-American debate I’ve read on and on. All I can think about is how narrow-minded and closed off so many people are. I really don’t care what race Iron Fist, aka Danny Rand.
Really it’s sad that everyone wants to jump on the whole Netflix should have used an Asian-America to play Danny. Marvel not wanting to come off as whatever term people want to toss out today. The point, who the actors are, race, sex, whatever does not matter to me. If I as a comic book geek, fan and movie lover wants to see frame by frame, look by the look of a comic to the big screen I’m just gonna read the damn comic or watch an animated film.
Why Iron Fist isn’t Great
Let’s be real while writing this I’m watching it right now and it’s not really holding me in. Nothing like Season 1 or 2 of Daredevil and sure as hell not like Luke Cage. Not as bad as Jessica Jones which didn’t even hold me to episode 5. I have no drive to go back and watch it.
Every one of those shows had something, they had a good flowing story, characters that I wanted to know more. A bad story is something that leaves you questing the reasons behind the choice. When you sucked out of the show by something stupid like bad writing or even acting it’s a bummer. Like for example Luke Cage; I started watching it like Jessica Jones not knowing too much about the character.
However, it sucked me right in within the first few episodes and before long I was half way into it. The story, the characters really kept me in the world they showcased.
This is the problem with Iron Fist. Nothing to do with race, sex or anything. But everything to do with the story flow. Which is really bad. I’m not going to say that Iron Fist is a bad show or the worst that Marvel/Netflix team-up has done. It’s not great either. It has some really good moments, but sadly they really dropped the ball.
The story makes no sense
Really let me be honest, the first few episodes reminded me a lot of Arrow, and I know that has been something many people have pointed out. Such as the whole Billionaire goes missing and returns home only to be a different man than you remember. I think honest Arrow did it so much better. Even know the first 3-4 episodes of Iron Fist kept me watching. I wanted to know more about the whole backstory of Iron Fist and the legal battle that was going to play out. However, it seemed more so that the ‘introduction’ was short lived.
After it went into a whole new level of weird and I really felt more like many story plots and sub-plots just got rushed so we could get to the Defenders. Which is sad because I feel the whole mix of the legal battle could have played out longer and worked better in a reason behind everything. Especially when it came to introducing the Hand.
Never read an Iron Fist comic in my life, other than seeing a few moments of the character in other comics and animated films. Much like Jessica Jones and Luke Cage, I went in unbliss with wanting it to be just like the comics.
Still, it failed on so many levels. Given that Danny was away for nearly 15 years. We see nothing of what happen other than small flashbacks in the first part which were really just the same shots over and over. Such as the scene of his mother being blown out a top of a crashing plane. Which made no sense why she would unbuckle to crawl to her son and say it’ll be okay. So stupid.
The Characters are Boring
Besides Danny himself which isn’t a boring character, everyone else seems they are just there. The sub-plot with Joy and her brother seemed more like filler and unwanted and unneeded drama that really didn’t add to the story. I would have liked it better if Ward was working for the Hand vs just some guy stressed out and on drugs.
The small points of showing the whole backstory of Iron Fist/Danny was really the only thing I wanted to know and I felt like by the time I got midway into the show I was just left wondering more and more.
I wasn’t too impressed with the Hand, I feel that it fit more with Daredevil than Iron Fist and I think it would have been a better way to set Iron Fist to say before Daredevil. Even know there was no real connection made in Daredevil about Iron Fist at all; again they never really drove into the backstory of the Hand. It would have been cooler if they had limited the scope of characters and focused on their ark and bring them together into a solid story.
By the time I reached half way into Iron Fist, I felt like I didn’t understand why Danny came home to start with. I think that loss of focus of the character’s reasons is why Iron First failed. The biggest failure I feel was the whole love story between Danny and Wing. The build up to their falling-in-love and love making scene just felt blah.
Not so Iron Fist
Another big issue I had watching Iron Fist is how he sort of needed help all the time. I get it, going up against the Hand is a big job and doing it alone is likely stupid. But after watching Daredevil a man who has no fear but honest out of the whole Defender’s group is really the Batman. In that, he has no real powers. Yes, he has his super-hearing which makes his reaction time far beyond any one man. But he’s still a man. As to Jessica Jones and Luke Cage who both pretty much Superman like.
I can’t even count how many times Daredevil walked into the Hand’s face and took them on. Sure he got his ass kicked but he did it and kept coming. Iron Fist, on the other hand, is a living weapon. He is the Iron Fist, he has a real super power to break anything. I would even go as far as to say he could hurt Luke Cage with his punch of Iron.
Granted, maybe there is more to the comics in the show that I saw but looking at it as a just a fan they missed out showcasing his true power. Also not having a suit or even a slow evolution of his suit was a missed chance on the writers part. Heck, even Luke Cage had his classic suit shown even know he didn’t wear one at all really after.
Iron Fist Missed a beat or two
My final thought on Iron Fist is simply one; it’s boring. Which is really sad to say because I was really wanting it to be good. I was hoping for a good pace fighting action series showing a man who is a fish out of the water. Danny being about 10 or so years old when his plane crashed and his return 15 years later; he really jump right back into the world as it worked really fast.
I’ll also say that I feel that Iron Fist is the least connected Marvel show so far. One of many complaints about Marvel TV has been it’s connection to the MCU. I can’t really any real connections to the MCU other than one off-hand comment about a video getting more views than the green guy. Not looking at the easter eggs for the other Netflix shows, it just seems odd that not even Shield is something to exist here. After all timeline wise; Shield is now public at the time of Iron Fist.
Missed beast here with the whole show, just after 8 episodes in I’m having a really hard time keeping myself watching. Let me know what you think. Have you watched all of Iron Fist? I will, however, bring you my final thoughts later this week after I’ve seen the whole show in full context.