We’re about 4 days away from the premiere of Marvel’s Iron Fist on Netflix, and I’m absolutely pumped about it! I suspect the wife and I will be binge-watching over the course of the weekend, taking speed-breaks to the bathroom and kitchen to conserve overall time and to not waste any moments away from the TV screen. Yet even as I work myself into an uncontrollable hype, there are those among us – critics *ack* – that mean to deflate my excitement and undermine the law which has, over the past several years, been most adequately communicated and proven through the words “In Marvel We Trust“.
C’mon reviewers, you’ve been provided a 6-episode, advanced look into a series that just about everyone that’s ever both watched a Bruce Lee movie and read a Marvel comic has arguably been waiting to see on-screen for years; and the most constructive things you can say about it are:
Slow-moving and light on action, Iron Fist is a low point for Marvel’s Netflix franchise. – Gavia Baker-Whitelaw (The Daily Dot)
It may have seemed fine to crank out another Marvel Netflix show that feels like the brand’s past outings, but the critical drubbing that Iron Fist has received is in no small part due to the fact that it’s so stale and unoriginal. – Abraham Riesman (New York Magazine/Vulture)
Seriously? Nope – unacceptable. The problem with wowing people is that after a while that wowing begins to become something they expect, sometimes even demand. Either give them something spectacularly new or it’s considered bland or stale, as one of the critics above mentioned. Daredevil, Jessica Jones, and Luke Cage were all fantastic examples of Marvel storytelling at its finest, and during their respective introductions everyone went nuts over them. And now that the newness has worn off, the latest series is taking the full fallout from those lingering “give me new” expectations. Of course Iron Fist’s action and potentially the story approach/plot direction is going to seem undeniably familiar – here is our fourth and final Defender, being presented after some incredible storytelling with regards to the initial three. But that shouldn’t give one license – especially after only watching half of the story – to immediately file it under *dud*. That familiarity isn’t a bad thing in my opinion – considering this is a story that will ultimately connect with three others that all present their own level of situational and environmental uniqueness, it can’t do anything but help strengthen the continuity that will be necessary to make the connected, final story work.
So, to those on the fence about whether or not to give Iron Fist a chance (which I doubt will be anyone a part of the true nerd faithful), I say ignore the critics, tune out the premature hate, and remember – the job of critics is to criticize; but the job of fans is to bring the fanaticism. They’ve done their job – now it’s time for us to do ours. IMWT!!