A week and change away from its Netflix debut date, “Marvel’s Iron Fist” is getting treated like a punching bag by TV critics.
Everything from the show’s writing to its casting has been beaten up in the early rounds — an unfamiliar position for a Marvel series. Polygon called it “laughably bad,” while a number of TV critics simply settled on the word “boring.”
There’s also no shortage of writers killing the show for casting caucasian actor Finn Jones in the Danny Rand — a.k.a. Iron Fist — role. While Fist is a white man in the comic books, his Asian martial arts style and training ground had several fans hopeful for an origin story rewrite in the name of diversity.
Reviews, social media and message boards have been all over the issue, which bubbled over this weekend. Finn has defended the show vehemently, which boasts a female lead of Singaporean descent. Eventually, after finding himself on the ropes Sunday, the actor deleted his Twitter account. Can’t say we blame him, though he’s since reactivated it.
Below are some of the rougher memes and tweets to come from the early “Iron Fist” reviews. To be fair to Netflix, Marvel and Jones, there are just as many posts (if not more) that believe the noise about Rand’s race to be ridiculous.
Find out for yourself how good or bad the show is when it drops March 17 on Netflix.
I mean, maybe making Iron Fist Asian wouldn't have solved EVERY problem, but it sounds like it's a better alternative, going off reviews…
— Justin (@GigawattConduit) March 8, 2017
iron fist is getting bad reviews pic.twitter.com/UvIMRgDSMk
— luisa ???? (@sapphicyvi) March 8, 2017
If Marvel cast Iron Fist as Asian they'd feed one stereotype, but leaving him white they set themselves up to face appropriation problems.
— John Morrison (@localcelebrity) March 8, 2017
Actually read more than one review guys, Iron Fist is getting flack for many other things than "casting a white man in a white role".
— rt to win iphone 9 (@SodieEvolved) March 8, 2017
Marvel reading the Iron Fist reviews. pic.twitter.com/2NsHuQW1CU
— Scott Stamper (@DerfelBarada) March 8, 2017
— Nikesh Shukla (@nikeshshukla) March 8, 2017
I don't care if people watch Iron Fist or not. But what you not gonna do is hush people of Asian descent voicing their critique of the show.
— Rebecca Theodore (@FilmFatale_NYC) March 6, 2017
finn jones: diversity and representation is important
everyone: why play iron fist then?
finn jones: pic.twitter.com/n9lZFr2xjE
— ㅤㅤㅤ (@rebeIcassian) March 6, 2017
Finn Jones: Can't hear the dragging for Iron Fist if I don't have Twitter pic.twitter.com/p0XbyI8Zr5
— Wakandas Favorite DJ (@djbenhameen) March 6, 2017
me watching iron fist get bad reviews pic.twitter.com/tmm7Y5uVzm
— maddie (@murdocksmatthew) March 8, 2017
Peeping those IRON FIST reviews like pic.twitter.com/8D0SPCBHjU
— Nicholas Williams (@untamedbananas) March 8, 2017
Looking at these Iron Fist reviews like… pic.twitter.com/7ahb25Vr8g
— Alvin aqua Blanco (@Aqua174) March 8, 2017
iron fist is getting terrible reviews pic.twitter.com/3QIxaKkG65
— gillian (@ahsokareys) March 8, 2017
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