Published: Sat, March 18, 2017
Culture | By Elsie Buchanan

'Iron Fist': Meet the Cast of Marvel's New Netflix Show

'Iron Fist': Meet the Cast of Marvel's New Netflix Show

If you haven't watched yet, in the words of Colleen Wing: "That would be a mistake".

"On Iron Fist's side are these two diverse, wonderful, strong women".

Welcome to the world of Iron Fist, the latest Netflix/Marvel collaboration that hopes to build off its popular previous superhero series and drop in the final piece of the puzzle in that will set up their "urban Avengers" all-star team-up The Defenders some time later this year. An online campaign was in full-force before Iron Fist began production which asked the studios to hire an Asian-American actor to play Danny Rand. Now, on Iron Fist, they've cemented that relationship by starring opposite each other. Did they? That depends on how much you like board meetings.

The series screams about his fantastic abilities as a fighter, and we're treated to displays of tight combat against multiple assailants that are supposed to justify the idea of Iron Fist as a member of a hardcore group of Defenders (also the name of a forthcoming series, featuring Rand alongside Daredevil, Jessica Jones and Luke Cage).

The comic book giant came under fire for maintaining the character "true to its source material", instead of "promoting diversity". His martial arts moves are stilted and underwhelming. It's based on comics about the son of wealthy industrialists who is orphaned in a plane crash, only to find a mystical city that only appears on earth at infrequent intervals. It's a talent that he uses only sporadically in the half-dozen episodes previewed, as Danny girds to battle The Hand, a shadowy organization he has trained his whole life to defeat. The show, ICYMI, centers around Danny Rand.

While Jones's comments have been tone-deaf, the quickfire release of his oblivious remarks have at least demonstrated a relentless pacing entirely lacking from the show itself.

"We're taking this stuff seriously", says Jones, who won't be sporting a superhero costume any time soon.

There are plenty of good things about the show. I think subconsciously that is what Danny really admires in Colleen, because he see a strength in her and a nurturing quality that can fulfill those needs.

I've never been a fan of Netflix's Marvel shows. "We wanted to hold back on showing Iron Fist", he says.

With the mysteries of the Hand becoming ever clearer, Iron Fist also explained the philosophy that drives them. You probably wouldn't think this scruffy-looking hippie kid could efficiently wipe the floor with half dozen armed security guards twice his size. Netflix shows seems to always have trouble meeting this odd 13-episode quota in a creative fashion, and when coupled with a story like Iron Fist's that's both uninteresting and incohesive, watching it becomes a chore.

While the majority may not be on board with Marvel's latest series - now holding a 19% rating on review aggregator Rotten Tomatoes - not all viewers agree with the critics' take on "Iron Fist". Especially when the best parts of Danny Rand's story (being rich af and being a skilled hand-to-hand combatant) are already covered in the Marvel films and Netflix series (by Iron Man and Daredevil, respectively).

Halfway into its season, Iron Fist has not yet found a way to synthesize its disparate elements- identity struggles, spiritual mysticism, the benign evil of corporate America-into a single, compelling arc.

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