MARVEL-NETFLIX’s “IRON FIST” Series CANNED

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In a general sense, the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) developed by Marvel Studios (first under Marvel Entertainment and eventually under Disney) has been unbelievably successful in its idea of a shared superhero universe, chronicled not just in films but in also in series. That is not to say that everything about it works. The second MCU installment “The Incredible Hulk” (2008) was a middling release, and more recently the fourth streaming series collaboration between Marvel and Netflix, “Iron Fist”, was the least popular with viewers. Despite a slightly more positive second season than the first, the streaming media giant decided that nothing can be done.

Entertainment Weekly reports that Netflix announced the cancellation of its MCU spinoff series “Iron Fist” just this Friday, October 12. The series, which had its inaugural season put up for streaming in March 2017, had just premiered its second season last September. Season 1 was panned for the subpar characterization of the title character, supernatural martial artist Danny Rand (portrayed by Finn Jones of “Game of Thrones” fame), as well as less compelling support cast and antagonists compared to its contemporaries “Daredevil”, “Jessica Jones” and “Luke Cage”; season 2, despite several retools, fared barely better.

In a joint statement, Marvel and Netflix announced that no third season will be forthcoming for “Iron Fist”. “Everyone at Marvel Television and Netflix is proud of the series and grateful for all of the hard work from our incredible cast, crew and show-runners,” the statement read. “We’re thankful to the fans who have watched these two seasons, and for the partnership we’ve shared on this series. While the series on Netflix has ended, the immortal Iron Fist will live on.” Finn Jones also expressed his gratitude to his costars and the producers who worked with him on the show.

“Iron Fist” was the first of the Marvel series on Netflix to touch on a supernatural element from the beginning. It tells the story of Danny Rand (Jones) who survived a plane crash in the Himalayas as a child, and brought by mystical monks to the hidden city of Kunlun, where he trains to become a warrior against the city’s ancient enemy, the Hand. Rand learns a technique from the dragon Shou-Lao that channels chi into his fist to make it strike like iron. Upon returning to America, he tries to regain his family’s business while investigating Hand activity in the New York underworld, eventually teaming up with fellow street heroes in “The Defenders”, which ran on Netflix August 2017.

The next Marvel Netflix show to premiere is the third season of the series that started it all on the streaming platform, “Daredevil” starring Charlie Cox, arriving on October 19.

Image courtesy of Comic Book.com

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