The final Defender is here, or so the tagline wants you to remember.We’ve waited a long time for Iron Fist to come to well, any sized screen and we have our best look yet at the final product. In the comics, Danny Rand is a boy billionaire who loses his family, when his father takes them on an expedition to find the mystical city of K’un-L’un. His family perishes and Danny Rand finds the city and begins to train in the martial arts. Danny gains the power of the Iron Fist when he defeats a dragon, Shou-Lao the Undying, and gains the ability to channel his chi into an “Iron Fist” (get it?) and comes back to New York and super hero hi-jinks ensue.
If this is all seeming a little Batman or modern-day Arrow to you, don’t feel alone. It’s a trope that’s all too overused in comic story telling and to be honest, I’m a little surprised the writers went the same route. Character, however can overcome tired trends as Marvel has proven time and time again and Finn Jones seems like a solid choice for Mr. Rand. Jessica Henwick plays Colleen Wing, who, in the comics wears a white jump suit and rocks a samurai sword.
She ends up teaming up with Misty Knight in the comics, so don’t be surprised if fiction follows… well more fiction.
While Iron Fist isn’t the first full-blown super powered character to grace Netflix, he’s certainly the flashiest as seen in the closing shot where Danny uses the force of his “Iron Fist” to blast a room apart. The effects in the Netflix Marvel shows have been decent but nothing approaching the films or Game of Thrones level so I’m curious if Netflix is breaking the bank on the effects budget, or if we’ll see some clever editing.
This all being said, I’m still shocked by how close this looks to the CW’s Arrow and considering where that show is with the fan base right now, It’s a curious show to emulate on the surface. Let’s hope they keep the Mystical City flashbacks to a minimum.
Iron Fist punches his way to Netflix on March 17.