Iron Fist was one of the four initial series that Marvel sold to Netflix back in 2013, and it was also one of the most divisive as the first season took a beating from critics and fans alike. Scott Buck, the showrunner for the first season performed just as poorly with the ABC limited series, Inhumans, and was fired from the second season; undoubtedly resulting in the massive improvement that rightfully led to a warmer reception and a high praise from critics. Apparently, however, the plaque cast on the show after its first season was too large, and viewership just wasn’t enough to convince Netflix to order another season.
Via Deadline, Netflix and Marvel released a joint announcement confirming Iron Fist’s cancellation after two seasons. The statement read as follows;
Finn Jones also took to Instagram following the previous announcement with a statement of his own.
With each statement, hope begins to grow with statements like “while the series on Netflix has ended, the Immortal Iron Fist will live on”, and With every end is a new beginning”. This is especially when you take into to consideration the image used by Jones, which we then see again along with another clearly hinting statement from the Iron Fist facebook page pictured claiming, “The story is never over”.
Now, the link, however, leads to the digital storefront page for Typhoid Fever, a three-issue Marvel Comics crossover series that sees Iron Fist teaming up with Spider-Man and the X-Men to take on Typhoid Mary. Typhoid Mary was the villain featured in Marvel’s Iron Fist’s second and now final season, who was played by Alice Eve. This surely seems like the angle they were going for with these statements.
A more optimistic theory is that the show could be revived on Disney Play; Disney’s upcoming direct-to-consumer streaming service. With the service pulling out all the stops for its success, pulling cinematic licensing with Netflix, investing billions of dollars into the properties including one of their Star Wars series, The Mandalorian, which is averaging a budget of $10 million an episode, or potentially bringing in blockbuster characters like Loki and Scarlet Witch for their own series’, it wouldn’t be too far fetched to see them take another stab at Iron Fist. They could easily regain the distribution rights from Netflix, increase the budget, and revive the series in a more focused and invested habitat. The move would also have a better chance at restoring desire in those that were permanently turned off by the fatal flaws of the first season. Another approach that could come with the move would be the give the series a literal fresh start by using a name such as “Iron Fist: The Immortal”, or “The Immortal Iron Fist”, or something of the nature that would clearly be a direct sequel to the original series, but would allow it to stand on its own as anew. Of course, there’s also the idea of bringing the cast of Luke Cage, and Iron Fist into a Heroes for Hire series. regardless, there is the option for more on-screen continuation if Disney, Netflix, and Marvel saw fit to make it happen.
What are your thoughts on the cancellation? Did you ever think they would ax a Marvel show? Are you disappointed? Would you prefer a revival on Disney Play or a Heroes for Hire Spinoff on Netflix? Will you be reading the Typhoid Mary comic book run? Sound off in the comments to discuss with us, and don’t forget to Subscribe by Email or Follow Us on Social Media to stay tuned with any developments surrounding Iron Fist.
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