A young man is bestowed with incredible martial arts skills and a mystical force known as the Iron Fist.
"Iron Fist" is the final lead-in before the highly-anticipated "The Defenders," but the reviews are pretty bad. Iron Fist has its own fan army that will binge watch the show no matter what, and we're sure Marvel fans will watch the show regardless—especially chronologically before "The Defenders" premieres in the summer. Or will they skip?
It's kind of astounding how far out of its way Iron Fist seems to go to avoid being interesting. We spend three episodes watching Danny unsuccessfully trying to convince people that he is Danny Rand returned from the dead, and the strongest running thread in the first half of the series has nothing to do with anything remotely superhero-y—it's all just corporate machinations.
Vox's Alex Abad-Santos clarified why "Iron Fist" is bad. It's not the critics just being harsh. The show's star, Finn Jones, got defensive about the negative reviews of the show on Twitter, saying people are only complaining about a white male playing "the greatest martial artist in the world" because Donald Trump is president. Critics and online detractors say he's missing the point. They are upset because again—a white savior gets to appropriate and whitewash an Asian culture.
Abad-Santos gave some good context about the interesting comic book and character, but he also said:
It’s a fun, weird story, but also one that traffics in stereotypes, Orientalism, and the white savior trope.
It’s easy to assume that those egregious and uncorrected stereotypes are the reason the show is under scrutiny. But its problems run deeper and more fundamental than that — stuff like writing and story structure.
Wired's Graeme McMillan clarified that the character Danny Rand is white in the comics, but does not mean it's the only version of Iron Fist.
But that doesn’t mean that Danny Rand is the only Iron Fist in Marvel’s comic book mythology. As early as his second comic book appearance (in 1972’s Marvel Premiere #16), there was the implication that Iron Fist wasn’t an individual’s identity as much as a shared mantle that had been worn by different people throughout history.
It would take decades for that idea to come into focus, but when it did—courtesy of the 2006 Immortal Iron Fist series by Ed Brubaker, Matt Fraction, and David Aja—it revolutionized Iron Fist as a concept, and as a superhero identity.