I finally powered through the final 12 episodes of Iron Fist and I definitely have some thoughts.
The main thought is that I definitely enjoyed the show, and had a fun time watching it.
Iron Fist was a different tale to the other Marvel-Netflix collaborations we’ve seen so far, with more personal betrayal and corporate sabotage than the other programs.
As I mentioned in my assessment of the first episode, Danny Rand has a very child like presence in this series. He’s quick to trust, and looks at the world with amazement and wonder, and just seems to have the innocence of a puppy.
At first it didn’t seem like there was going to be as much violence in this series, and compared to the rest that judgement seems to hold up.
And you can’t help but compare it to the other shows, because at every chance they got they’d remind you that Danny Rand was entering a world where Daredevil, Jessica Jones, and Luke Cage all exist.
There was also one little reference to “The Incident” which is how the Chitauri invasion of Earth in Avengers has been referenced in Daredevil and Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. in the past.
Iron Fist is linked to the other programs through a number of avenues, namely having The Hand as his main adversary.
The Hand were an evil organisation introduced into the franchise in the second season of Daredevil, and who play a big part in Danny Rand’s history.
It’s hard to say that Iron Fist was a compelling show as the other Netflix-Marvel creations, but to be fair there is a lot of competition there.
I really enjoyed Iron Fist, and found it really easy to watch in one big sitting, but it just didn’t have the same edge as the other series.
It wasn’t as dark, or as gritty as the other shows, and after watching it it just feels like there was something missing that I can’t put my finger on.
But hey, the action was great and the fight scenes were really well choreographed, and the conspiracy and mystery within the story is interesting enough to make you want to binge all 13 episodes.
Now I will disclose that I am very generous when it comes to anything superhero related, and I am a massive fan of the inter-connecting franchise that is The Avengers, and so you can bet that because Iron Fist is a part of the MCU that I’m a little biased.
But now as all the groundwork has been laid out, we can look forward to The Defenders for the gritty Avengers we’ve all been waiting for.
Also, there was no superhero costume for Iron Fist by the final episode, just some old and unimpressive robes. Biggest disappointment of the whole show.