Marvel’s ‘Iron Fist’ Trailer Makes A Strong Case For The Series
I really wanted to hate the trailer for Marvel’s Iron Fist. As dope as Marvel’s Netflix series have been (Daredevil, Jessica Jones, and Luke Cage), this one was built off of a source comic book with a long storied problematic past full of issues of racial appropriation and the centering of whiteness. But damn it, the trailer looks good. And I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t going to binge-watch this the second Netflix releases it.
The story of Iron Fist centers around Danny Rand, the son of the super-rich owners of the Rand Corporation who ends up orphaned after their plane crashes in a snowstorm. Danny is the only crash survivor and is taken in at the mystical martial arts temple known as K’un Lun. He is raised there and trained in the martial arts, eventually earning the title of the Iron Fist with the power to direct his chi into his fist to deliver ultra-powerful blows. When he finally returns to the United States, he finds himself fighting for justice on the streets and to oust the evil actors that have embedded themselves in his family’s company.
My chief concern with this series was that a white man practicing kung fu on-screen would look plumb dumb. The Iron Fist comic was always a bit much to swallow, even if you accepted the problematic back story. But here, Danny Rand (played by Finn Jones from Game of Thrones), displays some serious acting chops, effortlessly bouncing from being a boisterous man off the street to an emotionally scarred son to an apprehensive yet intimidating warrior.
Marvel seems to make no attempt to alter the character’s back story. I thought that would offend me, but I appreciate that the company had the guts to deliver a true to the comic book adaptation. We can’t say that about the bulk of comic book film projects now (Yes, I’m looking at you FOX and those X-Men films), so I can’t help but give credit where it’s due here.
The supporting cast of women is what makes this trailer sing. Jessica Henwick plays Colleen Wing, another direct from the comic book character that has formidable martial arts and sword fighting skills. She pops on-screen and is positioned as Danny’s equal rather than his sidekick. Long-gestating villain Madame Gao makes the perfect antagonist for this series. She has been around since the first season of Daredevil, and it looks like she’ll finally be able to fully come into her own here. Rosario Dawson also resumes her role as Claire Temple and continues to perform as the down-to-earth character who breaks up what can sometimes be over the top. And she completely steals everyone’s thunder at the end of the trailer.
In the end, Marvel did an excellent job of infusing that familiar classic Marvel feel into this series. It has a balance of goofy, serious, and awesome moments and folds neatly into the other Defenders stories. More importantly, I’m sure it will perfectly setup the sure to be lit Defenders series.
Watch the trailer below and get ready to binge-watch Iron Fist when it debuts on March 17 on Netflix.
Phot credit: Marvel’s Iron Fist Twitter
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