Critics Pound Marvel’s Iron Fist, But Can Fans Redeem It?

Netflix series starring Game of Thrones alum Finn Jones scored a mere 18% on the Tomatometer, which some see as unfair.

by | March 28, 2017 | Comments

Iron Fist, the fourth Netflix series focusing on one of Marvel’s superhero troop the Defenders dropped on Friday, March 17 — and reactions have been a really mixed bag.

On Rotten Tomatoes, season 1 only reached an 18% Tomatometer score with critics (as of this writing). To compare to the other stand-alone Defenders shows, the first seasons of Daredevil, Jessica Jones, and Luke Cage all scored over 90 percent fresh. The second season of Daredevil dropped to a 76, but that’s still over four times the Iron Fist score.

Turning to the fans, Daredevil and Jessica Jones’ Audience Scores on RT are over 90% for all seasons, while Luke Cage sits at 85 and, despite having 2,000 or more user ratings than each of its Netflix comrades, Iron Fist brings up the rear at 83.

While the discrepancy isn’t nearly the same with viewers as it is with critics, there are still multiple and varied complaints that fans are levying against the fourth installment in the Defenders series of shows, which is making for some really fun social media posts.

On the serious side, there is a debate raging about the “whitewashing” of Iron Fist with the casting of curly-topped Game of Thrones alum Finn Jones, which is an interesting criticism, since the character has been Caucasian since his debut over 40 years ago — the argument is that in this day and age, he should have/could have been a person of color.

Adding fuel to the fire is former Marvel editor-in-chief Roy Thomas, who co-created Iron Fist in 1974 with artist Gil Kane, saying in an interview, “Don’t these people have something better to do than to worry about the fact that Iron Fist isn’t Oriental, or whatever word?”

But some fans still don’t have a problem with this particular issue.

On a more fun note, one of the biggest beefs fans have with Danny Rand is that he’s such a Burning Man dude-bro.

THIS IS IRON FIST – See this, folks? This incredible John Byrne illustration right here? THIS is the real Iron Fist….

Posted by David DeVenter on Thursday, March 23, 2017

Some fans are annoyed the show creators couldn’t get any more creative with the storyline, calling the show boring and unimaginative.

The elephant in the room.I just said to someone last week, while the story is indeed in keeping with Marvel canon…

Posted by Niama Safia Sandy on Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Even among people who generally like the show, the lack of good fight scenes is problematic.

Vidan Tran, Daniel Wu, Aaron Gassor in Into the Badlands (Carlos Serrao/AMC)

So, what’s a martial arts–TV fan to do? Some online commenters offered alternative viewing suggestions, including AMC’s Into the Badlands (pictured) and Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. on ABC.

I just watched 30 seconds of Into The Badlands that was better than two whole episodes of Iron Fist.

Posted by Jerry Barrow on Sunday, March 19, 2017

But despite all the complaints, there is still a very vocal contingent of viewers defending this Defender and his crew.

You guyz. Watch Marvel's Iron Fist. The reviews are being strange for some reason, but after episode 2, it gets fantastic and stays that way.

Posted by Micah Smith on Thursday, March 23, 2017

And hey, Iron Fist has at least one really famous fan.

Iron Fist is available to stream now on Netflix. Watch for more Iron Fist when Netflix debuts The Defenders later in 2017.

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