Marvel is used to great reviews, even for its Netflix shows.
Daredevil, Jessica Jones, and Luke Cage have scored respective percentages of 87, 93, and 96 on review aggregator Rotten Tomatoes (presumably because most reviewers only watch the first half of the season, before plots completely fall apart).
But it looks like the House of Ideas’ Netflix wing (which, it should be noted, is completely separate from the movie studio) is facing its first big critical flop!
Don’t believe us? Just check out the awful things critics are saying about the boring characters, clich├â┬⌐ story, badly edited fight scenes, and cultural insensitivity of Iron Fist (below)!
Kwame Opam, The Verge: “As far as diversity, representation, and appropriation go, the series fails in a number of ways. But, over the course of its first six episodes, it also manages to fall short on basic levels like storytelling.”
Susana Polo, Polygon: “Iron Fist’s problems with its portrayal of Asian cultures and Asian-Americans are embedded throughout every episode. It’s just that its problems with delivering exposition, crafting consistent characters, and even basic dialogue writing run right alongside.”
Maureen Ryan, Variety: “Not one element of this plodding piece works. The action scenes lack spark, snap, and originality. None of the flat, by-the-numbers characters makes any lasting impression. And as origin stories go, the tale of Danny Rand (Finn Jones), at least as rendered by this creative team, is about as exciting as a slice of Velveeta cheese left out in the sun too long.
Daniel Fienberg, THR: “Iron Fist arrives in a deep hole amid concerns about its curly-haired, blonde protagonist appropriating Asian culture, but the bigger problem ends up being that he’s barely even appropriating. There’s no specificity to Danny’s experience other than the most generic of identity crises ├óΓé¼ΓÇ¥ like the world needed another billionaire vigilante ├óΓé¼ΓÇ¥ and Jones is far too placid a leading man to give any sense of Danny’s internal torment. He’s not placid in a Zen way, just tepid like room temperature. Rather than being a man who found enlightenment through tragedy and disassociation from his upbringing, Danny comes across like a spoiled frat boy who took a comparative religion class and spends a few months picking up coeds by telling them he’s totally into meditation and tai chi now.”
Jim Vejvoda, IGN: “What ensues is basically a soap opera plot where bland, pretty, filthy rich people sneer and scheme over fortunes and family, complete with betrayals and characters seemingly back from the dead. The plight of an heir reclaiming his fortune and empire may be high enough stakes in a soap or a stodgy British costume drama, but in a show called Iron Fist this isn’t the most engaging way to spend time getting acquainted with the last Defender.”
Alan Sepinwall, Uproxx: “The problem is that Iron Fist is virtually all talk ├óΓé¼ΓÇ¥ most of it painfully dull ├óΓé¼ΓÇ¥ and the fighting is both brief and unconvincing. It’s easily the worst of the Netflix Marvel shows ├óΓé¼ΓÇ¥ where the others tend to start off well and then run into massive pacing problems around episode 8 or 9, Iron Fist begins as if it’s already at that sag point ├óΓé¼ΓÇ¥ and an unfortunate illustration of the perils of miscasting.”
Though many critics did have mildly positive things to say about female lead Jessica Henwick (as a far better martial artist than the title character, btw), they all seem to agree it’s easily the WORST Marvel Netflix show.
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