Marvel's Iron Fist Review: 3 Ups And 7 Downs


Unlike other Hollywood whitewashing controversies, usually sparked by a white actor portraying or replacing a character of another ethnicity, Marvel's Iron First - a.k.a. a rich NY heir named Danny Rand - was always white and Thomas he has no regrets.

It really sounds like Tan has a take on what his Danny Rand could've been like, and it's a fun thought exercise to wonder how this project might've turned out with someone other than Finn Jones in the lead role.

Vulture has an interview with Asian American actor Lewis Tan, who reveals he initially auditioned to play Danny Rand before being cast as the Episode 8 villain Zhou Cheng.

The character's co-creator, 76-year-old Roy Thomas, decried the accusations of cultural appropriation in an interview with Inverse, saying he has "little patience" for people's feelings on the matter, calling the whole argument a matter of "righteous indignation". 'Iron Fist " s decided unwokeness is notable, particularly when Danny lectures Colleen, who is of East Asian descent, on the right way to channel her internal force".

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Overall, "Iron Fist" is very much enjoyable to current fans of the Marvel Universe, however, it is also the worst series that Marvel may have produced. By and large, that tends to be misplaced quite often because if you're becoming all upset over things that are just stories, and if you don't like it, instead of trying to change somebody else's story, go out and make up your own character and do a good job of it.

Tan said he believes it could've been a fresh angle to have an Asian American, who doesn't have many ties to his heritage, go on that journey to become the Iron Fist.

Jones continued his plea to social media users, further tweeting, "Please don't make assumptions on our show before you have seen it".

"I think the fans of the source material and the fans of the Netflix and Marvel shows will love what we've created. And obviously I can do my own fight sequences, so those would be more dynamic", said Tan. "I think it's that simple", he says. There's no more of an outsider than an Asian-American: We feel like outsiders in Asia and we feel like outsiders at home.

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More recently, Jones quit and returned to Twitter after defending the show and his casting. "That's been really hard - especially for me". As the series is released on Netflix on Friday, a number of fans are taking to Twitter to show their support of the show.

I don't want this to come off as "I told you so"-even though let's face it, when it comes to representation, people of color have been "telling you so" for decades now".

"I am very proud of the work everyone has done on this series and I'm excited for people to see how we've adapted the story", Jones said.

You can read the full statement here. Danny's stubborn refusal to accept his responsibly as the protector of K'un-Lun has infuriated Davos - perhaps enough that by Season 2 he'll (we hope) transform into his comic book alter-ego the Steel Serpent, Iron Fist's dark equal. Judging from the promotional pics from Netflix/Marvel's superhero team-up "The Defenders", we won't get the Iron Fist suit in that movie later this summer either.

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