talkin’ martial arts in Marvel’s Iron Fist


My final piece on Marvel’s Iron Fist season two looks at the Netflix show’s sophomore season from a martial arts, and fight choreography, perspective. On the one hand, it’s better than season one. On the other, it’s still wanting in many respects.

An excerpt:

Danny Rand is supposed to be the finest fighter in all K’un-Lun. He is supposed to have absorbed the lessons of kung fu, of martial arts, of being the Living Weapon better than anyone. He is supposed to be able to defeat any opponent, which is why he was given the honor of fighting Shao Lao the Undying to become the Immortal Iron Fist.

The one thing he should never, ever, ever be portrayed as is a whiny entitled twerp. And it’s not like this is arcane knowledge that only a martial artist would understand, because all Buck and his team of writers had to do to see what a good portrayal of someone from such a city trying to survive in modern New York would be is to read the comic books their TV show is based on.

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