‘Marvel’s Iron Fist’: TV Review

After the successes of ‘Daredevil,’ ‘Jessica Jones’ and ‘Luke Cage,’ Marvel and Netflix have their first big misstep.

After three straight creative successes, three above-average character introductions, the partnership between Marvel and Netflix was due for a dud.

This isn’t to say that Daredevil, Jessica Jones and Luke Cage have been shows without flaws. Marvel or Netflix’s insistence on doing 13-episode seasons in a format that demands no such rigidity has left each of the shows feeling strained at different points. Each show, though, has had virtues of tone and aspiration that made it feel like a complicated superhero TV code had been cracked.

Debuting on Netflix on Friday, March 17, Iron Fist feels like a step backward on every level, a major disappointment that already suffers from storytelling issues through the first six episodes made available to critics and would probably be mercifully skippable in its entirety if it weren’t the bridge into the long awaited Defenders crossover series.

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