Iron Fist Season Two ending review
Marvel’s Cinematic Universe
Marvel is currently an unstoppable juggernaut – a cinematic universe which spans across film, TV and Netflix, bringing its original comic book characters to the big, and small screen. Wowing audiences across the world as their heroes save the world from evil villains.
But for me, there’s one hero who stands out.
Not because he’s so good, but because he’s so, well, bad. That character is Iron Fist, otherwise known as Danny Rand. The billionaire child nearly killed in a plane crash, brought up by monks in a mystical city known as K’un-Lun, and then trained in martial arts, until he defeats a dragon and gains the power of the Immortal Iron Fist.
Not packing the punch we were promised?
Sounds interesting, doesn’t it? I was certainly interested in the character when he was first announced . But that’s because I’m a massive Marvel fan, and had loved the previous Defenders-related shows Daredevil, Jessica Jones and Luke Cage, before this.
Sadly, my hopes were dashed. Within the first few episodes, the more we saw of Danny Rand the less I cared about him, which was the feelings of many, many other Marvel fans.
According to fans, Danny Rand, played by Finn Jones, was miscast, whiny, annoying, and downright useless at martial arts. The martial arts technically wasn’t his fault in season one, apparently there were some problems with the stunt coordinator. Everything else though, was down to scripting and Jones’ performance.
Things are starting to look up!
Sticking with it I slogged my way through season 1, laughed as he got beat up through Defenders, and then dreaded season two once it was announced. I was going to watch it regardless, to keep up with the Defenders universe, and because I absolutely loved and adored Colleen Wing, Danny’s katana-wielding girlfriend and all round badass.
In fact, I loved her so much, every time I watched her fight, I wished that she would become the Iron Fist herself.
Colleen was such an interesting character, from being raised in a shelter run by The Hand, to her self-imposed atonement for everything she had done with the organisation. Colleen was interesting, fun, and, most importantly in this genre, heroic. I loved every one of her appearances, especially her fight scenes. Coleen looked like she knew what she was doing, less like she was just going through rehearsed fighting choreography.
She wasn’t annoying, or as naive as Danny, and didn’t even hint at doing the ‘Batman voice’ – there was no need for her to try and sound intimidating. She was in charge and in control from the start. On top of that, she was actually interesting to watch. Her story lines were intriguing, constantly making me want to unravel more about her. I routed for her in every fight, in every struggle. Colleen was the shining light of the first season.
In short, I think that she should have been the Iron Fist from episode one.
So, you can imagine my absolute joy when, spoiler alert, she took on the mantel at the end of season two.
That’s right, after Danny loses his powers, he decides that he needs to ‘figure out his path’ and so decides that Colleen is better suited to wielding the power of the Iron Fist. And I could not be any happier if I tried!
Honest to God, I actually crowed about it for twenty minutes on the phone to my mum after it happened, I was that excited about this development. Firstly, it means we have another female superhero in the MCU. Secondly, she’s actually watchable as an actress and character, especially with everything that was revealed about Colleen’s lineage in the finale episode of season two. This could blow so much open for the Iron Fist legend, and bring a much needed change for the better in the series.
I, for one, am so excited to see where this goes in the future. I’m hoping (read: praying) that Colleen stays on as the Iron Fist, and continues using her powers for good in New York. I want to see her team up with the Defenders, without Danny getting in the way. I want to see her combat villains by herself, keeping the promise Danny was supposed to keep to Matt Murdock after Midland Circle.
Two straight talking, diverse, no-nonsense women, fighting crime with their either mystically or technologically enhanced arms, sounds perfect.
Danny Rand who?