‘Iron Fist’ Review: Netflix’s latest Marvel offering packs a laughably weak punch

Excruciatingly long, vapid and ultimately pointless, Netflix’s latest Marvel series is a failure in almost every conceivable way.

Iron Fist, the latest superhero series to be birthed by the Netflix/Marvel partnership, had two simple objectives – deliver a compelling character who audiences would want to see stand alongside Daredevil, Jessica Jones and Luke Cage when the upcoming ‘Defenders’ miniseries premieres and not to rock the boat and undo all the goodwill the preceding series built.

To say Iron Fist failed in its objectives would be a colossal understatement.

Comprised of 13 dry, humorless and at times incomprehensible episodes, Iron Fist tells the story of Danny Rand, a young man who was presumed dead for 15 years after the plane he and his parents were in crashed in the Himalayas, as he remerges in New York City to rightfully reclaim his family’s billion dollar company – Rand Industries. Navigating his way through the treacherous world of corporate America, Danny attempts to prove his identity to childhood friends Joy and Ward Meachum, both of whom have run Rand Industries alongside their father Harold since the Rand family went missing. Interfering with Danny’s attempt to reclaim his family’s legacy are his duties as the Iron Fist, the the martial arts protector of K’un Lun – a mystical city that our hero discovered as a child.

Along for the ride in this hero’s journey is Colleen Wing, a dojo-owning martial artist with a secret which may undo the blossoming romance between her and Danny, and former nurse Claire Temple, who is well-versed in the New York City superhero game as she has rubbed elbows with Daredevil, Jessica Jones and Luke Cage.

Iron Fist will need all the help he can get as his sworn enemy The Hand, a sinister organization of lethal ninja assassins, continues to become a dominant force in New York City’s underground crime community.

(Warning: the below review contains some spoilers)

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