Last week, the fourth Marvel Netflix series, Iron Fist, had its first reviews released online. The first six episodes of the show were reviewed by critics, but to the surprise of many though, the wide majority of critics panned the show. Many called it boring, stale, and not well acted. There was also controversy over making the main character, Danny Rand, white despite the show being steeped in Asian culture. This is despite the fact that the character, Danny Rand, has been depicted as a white male in the comics since the character made his debut in 1974.
Finn Jones, who plays Danny Rand has responded to the negative reviews, saying that “these shows are not made for critics, they are first and foremost made for the fans.” True fans of Iron Fist know that the character himself is white, that’s always been his origin, so thus the “controversy” of race honestly doesn’t apply here. As for the show getting bad reviews, Jones knows that context is everything and that because it doesn’t seem good now, doesn’t mean it won’t by the end.
“I also think some of the reviews we saw were seeing the show through a very specific lens,” he told the United Kingdom’s Metro, “and I think when the fans of the Marvel Netflix world and fans of the comic books view the show through the lens of just wanting to enjoy a superhero show, then they will really enjoy what they see. I think it’s a fantastic show which is really fun and I think it stands up there with the other ‘Defenders’ shows without a doubt.”
Iron Fist will debut on Netflix on March 17th. Stayed tuned for our review of it.