Anyone that’s followed my Marvel Netflix series reviews already knows I’m a big fan of them. From Daredevil to Jessica Jones to Luke Cage, some have definitely been better than others, though most have been entertaining. The latest series, Iron Fist, has received a lot of negativity and controversy lately, mostly unwarranted. I’ll admit it’s not the best Marvel show Netflix has produced, and has its fair share of problems. All things considered, it’s a show worth watching if you enjoy martial arts action and – if you’ve made it this far – to prep yourself for the next series, The Defenders.
For those unfamiliar with the character of Iron Fist (like myself who has only seen/learned about him from video games and animated series), the story follows a young man by the name of Daniel “Danny” Rand, who survives a plane crash that claimed the lives of his parents when he was ten years-old. Rescued and trained by warrior monks from the mystical city of K’un-Lun, he ends up becoming the Iron Fist, a living weapon that’s supposed to be able to destroy the evil and mysterious group known as The Hand. Now returning to modern day New York fifteen years later, he seeks only to find his brother and sister named Ward Meachum (Tom Pelphrey) and Joy Meachum (Jessica Stroup), and reclaim his name at the mega successful company his parents owned. Of course Joy and Ward don’t believe he’s their long lost brother and don’t accept him into the fold right away, forcing Danny to live on the streets where he eventually runs into Colleen Wing (Jessica Henwick) who owns and runs a martial arts dojo.
Without giving away too much, eventually Danny manages to get back into to his company while also learning The Hand is using it to push a deadly drug onto the streets. He’ll have to use his martial art skills and the power of the Iron Fist to stop The Hand and keep them away from his family and friends.
As I stated earlier, this show isn’t the best one produced by Marvel and Netflix, which is a real shame given how simplistic it is with its emphasis on martial arts and less on super abilities (outside Danny’s glowing fist that is). The first few episodes start out a bit rough as wooden acting, badly choreographed fight scenes, and a plot that doesn’t know which way is up tends to hamper things. But as the series goes on, it does get better and makes it worth watching until the end, if only to say you made it and to get yourself ready for the highly anticipated The Defenders series that will bring all the Netflix series leads together in their own Avengers-like show. Despite its shortcomings, I still managed to enjoy the series even from the clunky beginning, as I went in not expecting anything, and I guess it helped not knowing a lot about the character as well.
As far as all the controversy and negative things about Marvel’s Iron Fist go, as with anything in life, it’s best to experience it for yourself and make your own judgement. Don’t let the bad stuff keep you from watching a flawed but decent Marvel series, as it does have its moments to keep you viewing until the finale. If anything, at least you’ll be ready for The Defenders, as I for one can’t wait for it to get here.