After earning acclaim from critics and audiences alike with “Daredevil,” “Jessica Jones” and “Luke Cage,” Marvel and Netflix appear poised for the first stumble in their partnership with “Iron Fist.” Debuting Friday on the streaming service, the drama has received largely negative reviews, which have dubbed the first six episodes “plodding,” “generic” and “a step backward on every level.”
Star Finn Jones, who already addressed criticism of his Danny Rand as a “white savior,” has now responded to the wave of bad reviews, saying, “these shows are not made for critics, they are first and foremost made for the fans.”
“I also think some of the reviews we saw were seeing the show through a very specific lens,” he told the United Kingdom’s Metro, “and I think when the fans of the Marvel Netflix world and fans of the comic books view the show through the lens of just wanting to enjoy a superhero show, then they will really enjoy what they see. I think it’s a fantastic show which is really fun and I think it stands up there with the other ‘Defenders’ shows without a doubt.”
“Iron Fist” centers on Danny Rand, who returns to New York City to reclaim his family company after being presumed dead for 15 years. However, when a threat emerges, he must choose between his family’s legacy and his duties as the Iron Fist. The drama introduces the final member of Marvel’s “The Defenders,” who will unite this summer with Charlie Cox’s Matt Murdock, Krysten Ritter’s Jessica Jones and Mike Colter’s Luke Cage for an eight-episode miniseries.
Arriving Friday on Netflix, “Iron Fist” also stars Jessica Henwick, David Wenham, Jessica Stroup, Tom Pelphrey and Rosario Dawson.
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