Published: Sat, March 18, 2017
Culture | By Ray Hoffman

There's a new superhero on prime time: 'Iron Fist'

There's a new superhero on prime time: 'Iron Fist'

Will IRON FIST overcome these drawbacks, its lack of immediate hook and more typical tone? Before the show even began production, fans started an online campaign to cast an Asian-American actor to play Iron Fist because of the character's storyline. You can watch on Netflix's website or the app. "Iron Fist, like a lot of Netflix dramas, expects you to sit through what's very likely to be a glacial 10 or so episodes before maybe picking up in the final quarter". The Iron Fist is a living weapon, just as in the comics; but crucially, he's a weapon forged to be used against the Hand. "Many people don't know this, but Sabretooth [a major Wolverine villain] actually first appeared in Iron Fist".

The best way for Marvel/Netflix to punch through that negative energy was to produce the best Iron First story possible for a live-action adaptation. You can even find a few of them on Netflix.

In Marvel's Iron Fist, fifteen years after being presumed dead in a plane crash, Danny Rand (Finn Jones) mysteriously returns to New York City determined to reclaim his birthright and family company. He survives the accident and gets rescued by monks from the alternative dimension of K'un-Lun, where he receives intensive martial arts training, eventually earning the hallowed honor of the Iron Fist, the guardian of the gates of the mystical city, a surprising task for an outsider. There was spectacular source material there for the taking. The problem is, Danny was long thought to be dead, after a plane crash in the Himalayas claimed the lives of his father and mother over a decade ago - and the relatives who now control the family's corporate business would prefer he was still M.I.A. Thanks to having learned a strain of kung-fu that enables him to channel the power of a mystical dragon's heart though his deadly-weapon hands, however, the stranger in a odd land proves that he's more than capable of taking care of himself.

Instead, we're focused on Danny's core problem: no one knows, or believes, who he is. As it is, these last seven episodes will now have a steep uphill battle to justify Danny Rand's place in that line-up alongside Matt Murdock, Jessica Jones and Luke Cage. It's ironic, given that numerous people watching the show - and especially those who are unhappy with Jones's casting - will also ask if he is really Danny.

The Hand is known to be the ultimate villainous force of The Defenders, but the group also provides the main antagonists of Iron Fist. "The fight scenes are ... forgettable, which is not a good thing when your hero is supposed to be a kung-fu master". Colleen Wing (Jessica Henwick) fights alongside Danny, and may make some wish that she was the Iron Fist. While the former is tepid and forgettable, the latter is a great show.

But then you think about it some more, and that pity hardens into frustration. "They are the ones that hold the men up in our show". "What's interesting about the comics is that there are so many different iterations of the Iron Fist, which gave me more freedom to create the one we all wanted".

The two celebrated personalities, who are renowned for their skill in the Street Fighter and Marvel vs Capcom games, participated in several rounds of virtual combat on gaming streaming service Twitch this week to promote Iron Fist.

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