03.27.17

Flipping out over Iron Fist

Posted in Culture of Lickspittle, WhiteManistan at 1:44 pm by George Smith

I enjoyed Marvel’s “Iron Fist” on Netflix. Since the early reviews were all horribly negative I figured I’d like it. I could care less Danny Rand wasn’t Asian. Doesn’t the script make it obvious? Rand was the first “outsider” Iron Fist.

Iron Fist’s maker, the character is four decades old and minor in the Marvel pantheon, said he didn’t care, either. It was apparently the worst thing he could do: Another Stan Lee age white guy reiterating that the kung fu master was white, yes, and he didn’t care that it was cast that way.

Currently, the new Iron Fist comic — on issue number one — well, the hero is still very white and old school Marvel. Like almost all decades old Marvel characters.

So someone named Kendra James writes another hit piece at the Guardian, so over the top it’s to laugh.

Here are some of the better lines:

Marvel’s latest Netflix show is a staggering disappointment but despite its star’s assertions, it can’t be blamed on our growing distaste for rich white privilege …


No one in Iron Fist has earned anything – whether it’s their money, their powers or even our grudging respect.
(Actually, Danny Rand, once he inherits over half his dad’s company, immediately declares the firm’s drug that cures elephantiasis in Africa will be sold at cost, a move that horrifies board members. That’s worth respect considering the way corporate America prices drugs. And he pays to improve his girlfriend’s dojo.)


Avengers: Age of Ultron was a movie entirely about why more white men should be told “No.”


[All the white characters] stand in stark contrast to Claire and Colleen, two women who wield skills that they’ve had to perfect over the course of their lives. The idea that Colleen has had to work at her skill, martial arts, while Rand relies mostly on a given power is obvious throughout the series. (According to the story he was in a plane crash that killed his parents and spent many years as a kid getting beaten with sticks during martial arts training before he became Iron Fist).

The Guardian publishes often great investigative journalism. And Owen Jones alone, infrequently in the opinion section defending the working class and ridiculing England’s toffs, is reason enough to turn to it daily.

But the Iron Fist takedown is lousy reviewing and so late to the party it’s only a me too. It’s such a poor piece of work it crosses over into unintentional humor. The critic’s analysis: Iron Fist is a terrible show, not because Danny Rand is distastefully white and wealthy but because … uh, he’s white, rich and undeserving, compared to the girls. And all the other white characters stink, too. But the not-white girls are great. Did I tell you that?

By the way, the new Invincible Iron Man, who is an African-American teenage girl named Riri Williams, has nothing on the original. I’ve read this is a lousy opinion to have. Eventually it will flop and Stark will be back from the near dead.

2 Comments »

  1. Christoph Hechl said,

    March 28, 2017 at 11:50 am

    I wouldn’t exactly say that i am a fan of Iron fist, but it wasn’t bad either. Claire is great as the voice of common sense, but the main character worked better than i first expected (which has nothing to do with race).
    It is extremely shameful to for anyone to focus that much on the matter at all. All humans are equal, with special prvileges for children and sick people. Period.
    Alas the Guardian has been steadily dropping reputationwise over the past few years. A number of very poor editorials and articles should never have made it to print or screen in their respective final versions.
    As for Iron Man – Robert Downey Jr. has that role and i don’t see who could replace him at all. Doesn’t even matter wether you like him or not, he made that character.

  2. George Smith said,

    March 29, 2017 at 10:10 am

    Yeah, he sure owns it. Riri Williams is in the comic book. I’ve been following it. It’s not Iron Man, no matter what young people say. Forty years ago, villains like the Titanium Man (from Russia, gigantic, good old Cold War metaphor). Plus Stark was a drunk. And the armor was a lot cooler. Not big, fit in a briefcase, had a quality metal allows could never have, but hey.

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