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Iron Fist characters you really should know about

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Edmund Wade | 18 March, 2017, 01:06

"It's a comic book character that hasn't been seen before". That's a trick question, of course: There are too many to count. So far, so Batman Begins.

The villains also take pleasure in confusing you. And now here's Iron Fist, a copy of a copy of a copy. Viewers will decide the fate of this new series. Worse, it simply isn't entertaining. "We filmed the show way before Trump's election, and I think it's very interesting to see how that perception, now that Trump's in power, how it makes it very hard to root for someone coming from white privilege, when that archetype is public enemy No. 1". He's a martial arts master, and what's more, he is also the titular Iron Fist. Danny Rand is indeed a pussy of rich, who returns after 15 years of absence in his native NY for Take over the family business which weighs billions.

Stroup and Pelphrey meanwhile play sister and brother Joy and Ward Meachum, who are childhood friends of Danny, and whose father Harold (David Wenham) was business partners with Danny's parents when they died. They alternate between being wary and downright antagonistic. Instead, the show stays true to the 1970s Iron Fist comics, and to their dubious depiction of Danny Rand (Finn Jones) as a rich white bro who obtains his martial arts superpowers from a mystical Asian realm. Spoilers will follow, so if you haven't made it through the first six outings yet, bookmark this page and come back later. With a running start, Danny punches his way through a metal door and escapes out into the night. Even seeing him scaling a skyscraper, with the Empire State Building in stark relief behind him, lends the rote story no awe or tension. With the threat of the Hand looming ever larger over the Marvel Netflix universe, Iron Fist has set us up for one thrilling series. You want to enjoy it - and there are many moments when you will - but it is impossible, despite your positive comic-book-loving chi, to watch this show and not have your viewing experience tainted by the controversy that has surrounded it since Jones was cast as Danny Rand. For Danny, it seems he was lucky to wind up in the city, since it only appears on Earth periodically.

It's Marvel's latest Netflix show. But Luke Cage was bolstered by excellent supporting performances by Mahershala Ali and Alfre Woodard.

I wrote, "Plainly stated, "Iron Fist" is boring", as were its fight scenes. The Meachums don't convince as dedicated siblings or Wall Street power players.

Is that all we need with Iron Fist? There's not enough chemistry, interiority or personality to make this engaging.

She plays Claire Temple in the Marvel series. I remember halfway through the cage fight scene in episode five I almost passed out. To her thrill and disgust, she discovers that she kind of likes beating the bejesus out of men twice her size for cash. Iron Fist ends with his attempting to return to K'un L'un - and finding it gone, disappeared, with its guards murdered by Hand weapons. During the third episode, Colleen gets a showcase rumble at an underground fight tournament. The meeting between the two heroes risks sparking in this season of introduction ...

Click through to meet Jones' co-stars and the other characters of Iron First.

Even the episode directed by Wu-Tang Clan stalwart RZA has little panache. The character has been described as "someone struggling to find his identity".

Mr. "fists of steel" arrives today on Netflix, and you have better to be there for all these reasons ... My theory is that the story can always remain the same, it's the characters we have to care about to make a story work.

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