If you are a fan of Marvel's Netflix-housed shows, the latest is coming, and fast. It's been a few months since we've gotten a new Marvel and Netflix production, but luckily, Iron Fist hits the schedule this coming Friday. At least it's assumedly lucky, as early reviews are out and they haven't been as kind to Iron Fist as they were to past Netflix shows. Speaking about the new series, lead Finn Jones does have some thoughts about the program's detractors, noting that the shows are made for fans and not the critics. Here's his direct feelings on the matter:
Well I think there [are] multiple factors. 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.
While I wouldn't expect Finn Jones to outright say his new TV series sucks, I do wish he would have gone into the "multiple factors" for the bad reviews he alluded to in his recent interview with Metro. That could include the casting complaints that came out before the series or it could include the fact that Iron Fist is the last new superhero series before The Defenders and as such has seemed to have quite a bit riding on it. It's hard to tell where Finn Jones was going, but regardless, he doesn't seem too rankled by what the critics have had to say. Having appeared on shows like Game of Thrones and Hollyoaks prior, Finn Jones should be aware of the ups and downs of critical acclaim.
Marvel's TV programming has not been perfect. Some of the earlier episodes of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. and the second season of Agent Carter have not been as well-liked as some of Marvel's other programs. Critics have also tended to like Daredevil Season 2 a little less than the first season. But most of the first seasons of Marvel's Netflix shows have been well rated, which is why the critics' dislike for Iron Fist is somewhat of a surprise.
Finn Jones went on to say he feels the quality of Iron Fist fits in with what we have seen on shows like Daredevil, Luke Cage and Jessica Jones.
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.
It's possible that once the series comes out audiences will feel differently, or at least will watch regardless of whether or not they like Iron Fist less well than Marvel's other Netflix shows. After all, Iron Fist is leading into The Defenders and that series has been pretty anticipated for a while now. If you'd like to take a look at Iron Fist, you can do so on Friday starting at 12:01 a.m. PT on Netflix or see what is coming with our what we know guide. To see what else is heading to Netflix's schedule, take a look at our premiere guide.