The final hero from the soon-to-be formed superhero group, The Defenders, gets the chance to throw some punches in his own series first!
Like a large majority of superhero tales the story begins with the death of protagonist’s parents. For Iron Fist, 10-year-old Danny Rand loses both of his wealthy parents in a plane crash where he is the sole survivor. After being presumed dead for fifteen years, Danny returns back to his home after being taken in by a monastery near the crash site. It was there in K’un-Lun where he learned kung fu, adopted a Buddhist philosophy, and received the mystical power to call upon the Iron Fist. Now back home, he must choose between returning to his role at his parents’ company or fulfilling his duties as the Iron Fist.
Iron Fist has already gained significant attention in the media during the lead up to its release. With fans disappointed by another white male hero dominating the superhero universe, and then with critics claiming the series is “underwhelming, lacks momentum and originality”. The Hollywood Reporter reviewed the first six episodes of the series and called the series as the “first big misstep” for Marvel.
Daniel Fienberg from THR stated, “Iron Fist feels like a step backward on every level, a major disappointment that already suffers from storytelling issues through the first six episodes… and would probably be mercifully skippable in its entirety if it weren’t the bridge into the long-awaited Defenders crossover series.”
Most reviews from entertainment websites seem to be quite consistent with one another, but then again, sometimes the casual viewer has a largely differing opinion when it comes to critics. Time will tell as viewers thoughts will more than likely be expressed as they binge their way through the new series over the weekend.
The series stars Finn Jones (Game of Thrones), Jessica Henwick (Game of Thrones), Jessica Stroup (The Following), David Wenham (Lord of the Rings) and Rosario Dawson (Luke Cage).
All 13 episodes of Iron Fist are now available to stream on Netflix.
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