Rik’s Top 5 Reasons That Marvel’s Netflix ‘Iron Fist’ Series Is Better Than Critics Say
I binged over the weekend on "Iron Fist." It's a Netflix Marvel produced superhero series that features a lesser-known hero of the Marvel Comics Group.
"Iron Fist" is the last of four TV series that will tie together "The Defenders" on the small screen. The first series have been "Daredevil," "Jessica Jones," "Cage" and now "Iron Fist."
I see that Rotten Tomatoes is giving "Iron Fist" a 16 percent rotten rating, and I guess I'm going to have to not agree with the critics. I did like "Elecktra" back in the day, but that shouldn't disqualify me from a good honest review.
Here are my five reasons why I think "Iron Fist" is better than the critics are saying and here is why you should check out the show.
No Doom and Gloom
I'm one of those people who doesn't always need doom and gloom in my comic book stories. Comic books haven't always been so dark and brooding. It is nice to see a series have a little bit more optimism rather than just violence and death.
Our first introduction is bright and clever rather than dark and angry.
Story Is Easy To Follow
Stories can get convoluted with so much backstory that you get lost and don't understand what's going on. "Iron Fist" does a nice job of making it easy for a novice comic book reader to follow the plot.
Harold Meachum is the standout villain because you don't whose side he's on throughout the series. I can't give away any spoilers, but I will say that Harold knows how to play both sides.
Marvel Easter Eggs
There are plenty of Marvel Comics references that will drive fanboys nuts. "Iron Fist" is loaded with them from references to "Daredevil" to "Luke Cage" to "The Avengers."
Kung Fu Action
I'm glad "Iron Fist" stayed grounded in the real world considering the fight scenes. The show gets a lot of flak because it doesn't measure up to other "like" shows, but I enjoyed not seeing all the wire work. I liked that "Iron Fist" didn't have to fly or jump around to be enjoyable. It takes me back to the days of Bruce Lee and the TV series "Kung Fu." It was the story, not just the action that kept you at the edge of your seat.