June 28, 2017

Marvel's The Defenders wraps up production

28 March 2017, 08:02 | Kristin Schwartz

Marvel's The Defenders wraps up production

Iron Fist Danny Rand

While this has allowed Marvel to diversify its roster of heroes, the company has also been criticized for not just creating new characters - something Thomas suggested as well, while hitting back at those upset with Iron Fist.

Thomas' response to criticism of the decision to cast English actor Finn Jones as the main protagonist, Danny Rand, didn't sit well with the critics - the word "Oriental" is derogatory and offensive when referring to people - nor did it help the overall case for Hollywood's record of casting white actors to play Asian characters.

If you made it to episode four of Iron Fist over the weekend, you are in an elite subgroup of binge watchers. "Iron Fist" is now on Netflix. That's a valid concern, even though Rand is just as blond and blue-eyed in the comic books as Jones is in real life.

The best way for Marvel/Netflix to punch through that negative energy was to produce the best Iron First story possible for a live-action adaptation. The more loudly you proclaim how "woke" you are, the more currency you have.

"On the other hand, if they had decided to make Iron Fist an Asian, that would have been fine with me, too".

While not quite as good as Daredevil, Luke Cage, and Jessica Jones, Iron Fist still has its moments of greatness, especially with some of the fight scenes and storylines near the end of the first season.

Marvel has already announced a Defenders comic book series featuring the Netflix lineup (who, fun fact, have teamed as Avengers in the comics but never Defenders) that goes on sale in June.

The cover of "Iron Fist" #1 from 1975.

How does it compare to the source material? Production has been underway for many months, and what we've been waiting to see is getting to the big milestone where we move into post-production. His friends refuse to believe he is who he says. This is Danny Rand.

The whitewashing accusations about Danny's character happened when Lewis Tan, a stuntman was almost cast for the role, but instead given the smaller part of the villain Zhou Cheng in the 8th episode. As she grows up, Colleen learns martial arts from her grandfather. And in this intervening period, he trained in martial arts and gained the mystical power of the Iron Fist. In fact, the best thing about the show is its homage to kung fu movies.

On the other hand, "Iron Fist" does not fall into the drop-off "Luke Cage", "Jessica Jones" and "Daredevil" season 2 experienced in their later halves, maintaining a consistently okay-to-good flow. Which is something a whole lot of other people have said, as well. In Daredevil she was introduced as the nurse who stitched up Matt.

Maybe, maybe not. But that would seem to be the least of the ills plaguing "Iron Fist". Right now, the audience score is 85 percent, demonstrating a massive disconnect between critics and everyone else. There's no sign of it so far, and the series' producers have hinted it may not show up at all.

Most importantly, there's just about enough in there to justify Iron Fist's existence as a member of The Defenders.

Then there is that old Iron Fist footage from episode 10. Jones isn't channeling Robert Downey Jr. or Chris Evans, but he's trying.

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