When Danny Rand entered real life on Netflix, that glow could not have burned hot enough to create a warm reception. It was completely underwhelming with a ham-handed script, uncertain villain, and loose connections to canon.
However, Iron Fist merged with The Defenders and then Luke Cage, giving us hope for the “Heroes for Hire.” The last obstacle to leap over was its own second season.
Iron Fist came with it! Great teaser trailer. Better plot. Deeper characterization. Connected villain. Diversity for the Fist. There were even easter eggs showing us that the “Daughters of the Dragon” may be a thing. And that ending / post-credit twist!
The second season of Iron Fist was a redemptive winner. We were sold. So what in the green and gold hell is this from Netflix (via Deadline)?!
“Marvel’s Iron Fist will not return for a third season on Netflix,” said the Disney-owned comic giant and the streamer in a joint statement to Deadline today.
“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 showrunners,” Marvel and Netflix added. “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 just got his sea legs with this thing. Jessica Henwick established herself as a bonafide lead. And now, a cryptic statement about “living on.” So, spin-offs for a defunct series? What’s that mean, Netflix?
With talks of Defenders possibly not dead, Daredevil Season 3 coming (and looking fierce), and Luke Cage Season 3 with much to live up to following that last series, why quit on Iron Fist?
With certainty, Marvel has a completely different universe to unfold on Netflix. It’s multi-faceted and intense. The ways these individual series — including The Punisher — peel back the layers of mystery is masterful. The characters mean more to the fans, thanks to the #NetflixTreatment. The intensity heightens with each episode. The conflict between hero and foe strengthens for a delivery that will inevitably rock our world.
And we even got that with Iron Fist and the Steel Serpent. Maybe it was too little, too late. Maybe he’ll get in his fights and tales of K’un-L’un with his pals across New York. Whatever it means, it appears Netflix and Marvel mean business about ratings with each season.
Glow on, Fist. Glow on.