Iron Fist co-creator defends the show against whitewashing controversy

Iron Fist

Iron Fist

Much has been said about the casting problems in Iron Fist, a show centered around the trope of a Western white man adapting the practices of a mystical Eastern society.

Marvel has released its latest hotly anticipated superhero show, Iron Fist. If they wanted to kill off white Iron Fist and come up with one who wasn't Caucasian, that wouldn't have bothered me, but neither am I ashamed for having made up one who was. With the recent changes in the adaptation of Marvel's comic, Asian communities expected "Iron Fist" will be portrayed by Asian. The Game of Thrones actor had no previous martial arts experience when he landed the role, and it appears he barely got any even after he was cast. I think that's super interesting and we've never seen that.

All 13 episodes of "Iron Fist" is now streaming on Netflix. For the first four episodes, the "Iron Fist" that viewers will see the most of is the corporate rule of the Meachum's, while Danny tries his very best to convince everyone that he is, in fact, legit. Critiques focusing on exclusion and omission are nothing to dismiss as the work of "people [who] have too much time on their hands".

If you were one of the people disappointed by the third rate fight choreography, the good news is that the second season of Into the Badlands, which stars Daniel Wu - who really can fight convincingly has already started and as far as entertainment value goes, it might just be the best antidote to Iron Fist.

Finn Jones isn't doing justice with the character.

While the majority may not be on board with Marvel's latest series - now holding a 19% rating on review aggregator Rotten Tomatoes - not all viewers agree with the critics' take on "Iron Fist". It would seem unusual to have that series launch either too far before or behind the TV show without risking the obvious synergy.

Thomas says it's "just an adventure story" created during a different era. They're like, 'Well, I don't know what to do with this guy.' They're like, 'He's not Asian, he's not white ... no.' That's what I've been dealing with my whole life.

Tan said he believes it could've been a fresh angle to have an Asian American, who doesn't have many ties to his heritage, go on that journey to become the Iron Fist. He suggested that those involved in the debate should just create a new character themselves, instead of "constantly complaining".

Colleen Wing is the one consistent, good thing about Iron Fist. The more loudly you proclaim how "woke" you are, the more currency you have. In fact, they used some of the original and later members of those teams in their group at one time or another.

"Iron Fist" triggered racial controversy with its cast selection.

This is a very interesting character because he's an antagonist to Danny Rand, but he's not really an outright villain. Unlike the other posters, which are being used to recruit new police officers, this one has the quintessential NY phrase, "See a crime?"

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