MARVEL'S IRON FIST Review
- Author: Stacy Houston Mar 18, 2017,
Mar 18, 2017, 1:21
The simple answer is that it's about the orphaned heir to a vast corporation who returns to NY having been presumed dead for years, and who must fight simultaneously to reclaim his family company and face down a larger evil. "I love the contradictions in both of those". You probably wouldn't think this scruffy-looking hippie kid could efficiently wipe the floor with half dozen armed security guards twice his size.
That left Claire with one place to go: home.
But it's worth remembering that the first Iron Fist comic was released in 1974, at a time when writers may have been less aware of this trope and the inherent problems.
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. 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. I found some whimsical, campy charm in the first six episodes (which made me feel like I was watching the superhero version of Smash), but there are still a lot of issues with the show. The series comes after Luke Cage, Jessica Jones and two seasons of Daredevil. When [Executive Vice-President of Marvel Television] Jeph Loeb explained that it would be about a NY rich kid who loses everything, who struggles to find his way back into life, I thought, 'There's something here. And along the way, he discovers that he is the key to stopping a powerful evil force. Luckily, he doesn't have to look for answers about the "accident", or why he seems to be repeatedly attacked by professional thugs, by himself for very long. Jessica Henwick's take on Colleen Wing is intriguing to see, even if she's a somewhat reluctant ally of Danny Rand's in the first chunk of the series.
"He's lost his sense of goal - and isn't having a objective the whole point of a hero?" Not in 2017. "It would look ridiculous", says Finn Jones. As the show continues, he realizes that everyone from his old life isn't going to welcome him with open arms. If there is something we have learned over the last few years, Netflix is certainly a guarantee of quality.
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He also says he's been serving in K'un-Lun as a warrior, and that his role as Iron Fist is to fight The Hand. "It's all but a last resort, and not something Danny takes lightly". He's a martial arts master, and what's more, he is also the titular Iron Fist.
He and his other three fellow Marvel heroes are set to unite for Netflix's upcoming crossover project, The Defenders. "He definitely needs her more than the other way around".
Stroup and Pelphrey meanwhile play sister and brother Joy and Ward Meachum, who are childhood friends of Danny, and whose father Harold (David Wenham) was business partners with Danny's parents when they died.
In Marvel/Netflix's "Iron Fist", if Danny Rand (Finn Jones) is distracted, by his own doing or by others, he loses his focus and the ability to channel the ultimate weapon. "I was just concentrating on the story and who would be a great actor to play this character".
Iron Fist premiers Friday, March 17th on Netflix.