Overall, Netflix has done well with their take on superheroes… until now. ‘Iron Fist’ premieres on March 17, but TV critics are already calling it Marvel’s worst. Here’s why.
“Marvel’s Iron Fist is deadly — in all the wrong ways.” That’s how Variety begins their review of the new show, starring Finn Jones as star Danny Rand, Tom Pelphrey and Jessica Stroup. However, when we already know his neighbors — Jessica Jones, Matt Murdock and Luke Cage — Finn’s Iron Fist falls flat.
“Even if you can put aside issues of cultural appropriation — and the ham-fisted Iron Fist doesn’t make that easy, given that it feeds its yoga-bro lead character a series of inert lines about Shaolin wisdom and Buddhist teachings — this superhero drama just feels inessential,” Variety wrote. “The truth is Iron Fist is as disposable as aluminum foil.”
Of course everyone is also extremely upset that the star isn’t one of Asian descent. “It’s far from the worst of its kind, but coming on the heels of Jessica Jones and Luke Cage, both of which took greater risks with both style/mood and cultural point of view, the show feels like a regression,” Vulture‘s review read. “Jones is likable enough that you can’t despise his character, but Danny is still a young white guy’s fantasy about the mystical awesomeness of Asian religion and martial arts.”
USA Today says that the biggest problem with the show isn’t the cultural appropriation, but the fact that it’s just “a complete dud.” They also said the focus should be sensei Colleen Wing (Jessica Henwick). “The British actress ultimately steals the show by bringing modern complexities and watchable gumption to Marvel’s newest dangerous, no-nonsense woman,” the publication writes.
HollywoodLifers, will you be watching Iron Fist this weekend?