Over the past few days, the Twitter account of Marvel's Netflix series Iron Fist has been unveiling episode titles in the form of teaser images. Yesterday's reveal, which featured a tenth episode titled "A Duel of Iron," appeared to be the last. This immediately had fans wondering if perhaps Iron Fist Season 2 would feature less than the usual 13 episodes.
For the past few months, there had been rumors floating around that the newest season would feature a smaller number of episodes, and the series' social media account seemed to support that fact with a number of 10 total episodes. Well now, we know beyond a doubt the official number of episodes in Season 2.
After reaching out to Netflix, the streaming service has confirmed to CBR that Iron Fist's sophomore effort will feature a total of 10 episodes, making "A Duel of Iron" the title of the Season 2 finale.
So far, all of Netflix's Marvel series, from Daredevil and Jessica Jones to The Punisher, Luke Cage and Iron Fist, have all featured episode orders of 13. The only exception to that rule has been The Defenders, which only featured eight episodes. However, the team-up series was more of an event miniseries rather than a full-blown affair. This means that Iron Fist is the first to officially break the mold.
While certain people might take this as a bad sign, or as proof that the series has run out of steam, it's more than likely a good thing. After all, most of the criticisms that have plagued all of Marvel's Netflix series have been issues with the pacing. Fans and critics alike have voiced their concerns with the stories behind each respective seasons feeling stretched out and padded with "filler" episodes. Some have felt that most of the series would have benefited from a shorted episode count, rather than to stretch things out to 13 chapters.
But with 10 episodes, Iron Fist is free to tell a more concise and succinct story. While this may be a trial for Netflix, if proven successful, it could very well turn into the new norm for all of its following Marvel shows.
Arriving Sept. 7 on Netflix, Marvel’s Iron Fist Season 2 stars Finn Jones as Danny Rand, Jessica Henwick as Colleen Wing, Sacha Dhawan as Davos, Tom Pelphrey as Ward Meachum, Jessica Stroup as Joy Meachum, Simone Missick Misty Knight and introduces Alice Eve as Mary Walker.
(via MCU Exchange)