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Netflix has cancelled Marvel’s Iron Fist

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Damn it. News broke over the weekend that Netflix has cancelled Marvel’s Iron Fist after the comic book series recently completed its second season on the streaming services. After the disastrous first season of Iron Fist did so much damage to one of my favourite comics of all time, I never thought I would use these words but the show actually got axed just as it was getting really good.

Starring Finn Jones (which was easily the show’s biggest problem), Iron Fist told of Danny Rand, a billionaire heir orphaned as a kid during a plane crash in the Himalayas, who stumbled into the mythical city of K’un-Lun where he learned to martial arts and the power of the Iron Fist. And it was crap. A poor lead actor, unforgivably bad fight scenes, draggy plot, annoying characters, a disregard of the source material – Iron Fist had them all. Marvel listened to that criticism though, and when Iron Fist showed up in crossover The Defenders and then in Luke Cage season 2, the character was far better. For Iron Fist season 2, Marvel made several readjustments and the show ended very strongly, with a brand new status quo and heavily teasing the pulpy fun adventure angle fans wanted for the show in the first place. And now we won’t get to see that.

This doesn’t mean it’s the last time we see the character though as Marvel hinted in a statement to Deadline:

Marvel’s Iron Fist will not return for a third season on Netflix. 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. 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.

Despite the overwhelmingly negative reception of the first season, it was one of the most binged shows in Netflix’s history. But now Iron Fist has actually become the first Marvel show Netflix has ever cancelled. Daredevil season 3 drops this coming Friday, The Punisher season two is on the way, and Luke Cage season 3 is reportedly all but unofficially announced. We haven’t heard anything about Jessica Jones season 3 or The Defenders season 2 yet, but there hasn’t been any word on their cancellation either.

It’s been reported that Marvel wanted Iron Fist to continue on Netflix, but it appears that the show may have become the first victim in a coming war of streaming services. Marvel owner Disney is launching its own rival streaming service, Disney Play, in 2019 and the studio is already pulling its theatrically released movies from Netflix. With that loss to its library, it should come as no surprise that Netflix is playing hardball now.

If Jones’ Iron Fist (or better, Jessica Henwick’s Colleen Wing who has been the real breakout of the series) should somehow be shipped over to Disney Play, it will join Jon Favreau’s Star Wars live-action, The Mandalorian, as well as planned solo Marvel Cinematic Universe series focused on Loki and Scarlet Witch.

Last Updated: October 15, 2018

21 Comments

  1. I never even watched one episode, so I won’t miss it. To be dead honest, I am so far behind with superhero series, I don’t know what is worth continuing to watch. The show I watched the most was undoubtedly Daredevil. I haven’t watched The Punisher yet, so maybe I should get stuck into that show!

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  2. Alien Emperor Trevor

    October 15, 2018 at 08:07

    This makes me sad, season two was fun to watch and ended really strongly. I want to see more of Typhoid Mary too, she was awesome.

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    • Kervyn Cloete

      October 15, 2018 at 08:11

      Yeah, Alice Eve rocked that role. It would be a pity to see the character be abandoned completely.

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    • Pariah

      October 15, 2018 at 09:11

      Man the way season 2 ended just made me want more. :/

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  3. Admiral Chief

    October 15, 2018 at 08:36

    I’ve only seen Punisher series. And a few Daredevil episodes

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  4. Captain JJ

    October 15, 2018 at 08:43

    It is one of the weaker of the Marvel series, for sure, though after Luke Cage’s all-over-the-place S2, I’d rather have let Iron Fist stick around. Luke needs a real turnaround to get back on its feet.

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    • Kapitan Balalaika

      October 15, 2018 at 09:03

      Iron Fist definitely improved. I wasn’t annoyed by Finn Jones in S2. Though there’s things I found dumb about the show. I didn’t understand why the criminals were so afraid of Iron Fist and Serpent when they can just shoot them instead of taking them on with hand combat.

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      • Gavin Mannion

        October 15, 2018 at 16:45

        Iron Fist 2 annoyed me more than any other show ever, it was pathetic and whiny and just plain annoying.

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  5. Kapitan Balalaika

    October 15, 2018 at 08:57

    I’m okay with it being cancelled. Just merge it with Luke Cage or cancel Luke too cause it is not good.

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  6. Craig "CrAiGiSh" Dodd

    October 15, 2018 at 09:02

    Daredevil
    Punisher
    Defenders

    Those are only the good ones.

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    • Captain JJ

      October 15, 2018 at 09:05

      I’d personally put Defenders at the bottom of the list. But Daredevil is definitely at the top for me too.

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    • Kapitan Balalaika

      October 15, 2018 at 09:06

      Eew! ? Defenders. “The Black Sky” “The Black Sky” “The Black Sky” still don’t know why she was so special.

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    • Matthew Holliday

      October 15, 2018 at 09:17

      100% agree

      None of the other solo series have anything remarkable about them.
      And even Daredevil hasnt been THAT great since season 1, with season 3 likely going to be pretty mediocre aswell.

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      • Dresden

        October 15, 2018 at 09:29

        According to a review I’ve seen of the first 6 episodes, season 3 looks to be the best one yet.

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        • Matthew Holliday

          October 15, 2018 at 09:58

          Will believe it if/when I see it.
          Untill then, everything is part of the hype train.

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  7. Matthew Holliday

    October 15, 2018 at 09:21

    All the series have been on a downward trend since Daredevil Season 1.
    Started off amazing, and just hasnt delivered in the same way since.
    Punisher was pretty good though.

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  8. Skittle

    October 15, 2018 at 09:24

    The pirates life looks more appealing with every new streaming service announced.

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  9. Gr8_Balls_o_Fire

    October 15, 2018 at 09:57

    Streaming is old-fashioned anyway. Reading a book (or rather being able to) is the new cool thing.

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  10. G8crasha

    October 15, 2018 at 10:03

    I never even watched one episode, so I won’t miss it. To be dead honest, I am so far behind with superhero series, I don’t know what is worth continuing to watch. The show I watched the most was undoubtedly Daredevil. I haven’t watched The Punisher yet, so maybe I should get stuck into that show!

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  11. ConquerGP

    October 15, 2018 at 10:14

    Whiney fist wasn’t pumping much iron and Luke Low wage is lost in a Bronx alleyway

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