Has Marvel finally thrown up a dud? The early reviews of the Netflix-only series Iron Fist suggest that there is room for that to be the case.
The star of the series Finn Jones told Metro that those who saw the screeners are not the show’s intended audience.
“Well I think there’s multiple factors,” Finn said. “What I will say is these shows are not made for critics, they are first and foremost made for the fans. I also think some of the reviews we saw were seeing the show through a very specific lens, and I think when the fans of the Marvel Netflix world and fans of the comic books view the show through the lens of just wanting to enjoy a superhero show, then they will really enjoy what they see. I think it’s a fantastic show which is really fun and I think it stands up there with the other Defenders’ shows without a doubt.”
The opinions of critics are just that…opinions. Art is subjective and reviewers were only screened the first six episodes of the series.
But where things could be foul is that the word that at no point during Season One will viewers be treated to the payoff of seeing Finn donning the Iron Fist costume.
Finn told Yahoo that due to budget issues the critical scene where Iron Fist earns his some of his powers during a dragon-fight with Shou-Lao is not a part of the show.
“I’d love to have the budget for these shows to have a full-on Game of Thrones style dragon,” he explained. “But unfortunately you know, we have budget restraints. That’s the nature of the show.”
The right pacing is critical to any show imposing its emotional will upon its audience. However, forcing fans to wait until Season 2 to get what they paid for while not filming perhaps the most crucial of the hero’s history is hard to over look.
Let’s withhold ultimate judgment until Iron Fist is available on March 17.
Watch: Iron Fist Trailer