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'Iron Fist': Meet the Cast of Marvel's New Netflix Show

'Iron Fist': Meet the Cast of Marvel's New Netflix Show

Beyond this, Danny Rand, while well-meaning, is often an astoundingly lousy character, particularly compared to Colleen Wing, someone who might actually have a great arc in Iron Fist if it weren't for how frequently her story was undercut by the need to remind everyone who special and good at fighting Danny is.

Marvel completists will no doubt feel compelled to check "Iron Fist" out, but the show plays like a relatively weak cog in its otherwise pretty well-oiled machinery. Obviously there are some differences between the books and shows, but this gives insight into the character. Although they're not explicitly identified as immortal weapons in the show, it's obvious they were brought in as a pleasant surprise for true Iron Fist diehards.

His origin story is familiar, but with a twist.

The series opens with Danny Rand (Finn Jones) staggering into the corporation his parents oversaw, bearded and shoeless. Rand becomes an orphan at a young age and has a sense of alienation in him.

Iron Fist is now streaming on Netflix.

You have to suspend reality a bit here.

It's finally time to shake hands with Danny Rand, aka Iron Fist. "It wasn't a radioactive spider or gamma radiation". Orphaned in a plane crash, he was taken into the city, where he was raised and trained in martial arts.

"He's not like Tony Stark [Iron Man]. he's not as mercurial, vain or egotistical", Alonso said. Normally, Danny wouldn't even break a sweat facilitating an escape, but the drugs the doctors are forcing him to take every eight hours have numbed him to the point where he's unable to focus his chi - which is what enables him to call upon the power of the Iron Fist. (The other three, "Daredevil", "Jessica Jones" and "Luke Cage" will join Iron Fist later this year in "The Defenders", an Avengers-like team up). That's a huge fall from Marvel's Jessica Jones' first season, which is Certified Fresh with 93 percent, and Marvel's Luke Cage, with 96 percent.

Crucially, Iron Fist reveals that the Hand have more enemies than we thought. A rich, white one at that.

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The show grows only marginally more interesting as it progresses, including a sequence where Danny must engage in a sort-of duel where he's asked to choose a weapon. Self-assured in the courtroom but a mess in matters of the heart, Tara is a terrifically appealing heroine who's easy to root for, flanked by allies you yearn to get to know better.

Marvel and Netflix are saving the best for last, clearly. Remember that show-down between Daredevil and Nobu in season one of Daredevil? "It's sustained them past the decades of the '70s". Will they be a good pair?

From left, Jessica Henwick as Colleen, Finn Jones as Danny, and Rosario Dawson as Claire on "Marvel's Iron Fist".

Rand doesn't have your typical Joker or Thanos to battle; he's got some really unique villains who are germane to his world and his character. It's just that "Iron Fist" is the first project where the lead's casting hasn't been a universally praised slam dunk.

"There's the Steel Serpent, who is from K'un L'un as well", Alonso said. Do you see both sides of the argument?

Iron Fist is the most badass name of all four superheroes mentioned here.

As if taking on a criminal syndicate, backstabbing family members and a gauntlet of martial-arts master killers (the last in a episode directed by Wu-Tang Clan founder/kung-fu cinema scholar RZA) weren't enough, Danny also has to figure out what it means to be an adult, let alone a hero - all before joining up with his partners in urban-crimefighting in the Defenders this summer.

Marvel's Iron Fist debuts Friday, March 17 only on Netflix! .

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