The Cancelation of Netflix’s Iron Fist and Luke Cage

Almost immediately after I wrote a piece speaking on how much I enjoyed the new series of Iron Fist, Netflix announced that they were cancelling the show, much to my and many other fan’s chagrin. Then to go and cancel Luke Cage too though, it feels like there is something more going on here than the cancellation of a show because of poor ratings.

There is an excess of Super hero media out in the right now, that’s stating the obvious of course. There is a lot more stuff out there than even the most devout fans could possibly want to keep up with. With the floodgates opened, the inevitable bad shows are going to be mixed in with the quality ones.

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Iron Fist Season 2 is a show about Redemption, in more ways than one

Cast you mind back to last summer, a time just before Netflix put out their Marvel series crossover; The Defenders. Viewers were still reeling after the release of Iron Fist, objectively Netflix’s weakest Marvel show to date. It was a series that seemed lacking in exciting fight choreography, despite it’s premise, and a protagonist you wanted to throttle.

Iron Fist Season 2 is a show about Redemption, in more ways than one

I hesitate to flat out call the first season of Iron Fist bad, but it was surely a let down compared to the likes of Daredevil and Jessica Jones before it. Netflix had something of an uphill battle when making the second series to this shared universe show. Fast forward to today, as I’ve finished watching the second series of Iron fist, and Netflix have managed to redeem, not just the character, but the show as a whole in my eyes.

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Luke Cage: What is a “Hero”

Despite its problems, the first season of Luke Cage had its own strongly defined identity, as well as a really great cast to carry it. Where it let itself down was in its second half, losing its more compelling villain in favour of a more cliche and less interesting villain from Luke’s past. This was followed by Iron fist and a rather uninspired crossover series in The Defenders. After that three-pronged attack, needless to say I had some apprehension about Luke Cage Season 2.

Luke Cage: What is a Hero

My worries were unfounded, much to my delight. The post Defenders series appearing on the Netflix have been firing on all cylinders, reminding me my appreciation of them when they first started. The Punisher was brilliant, Jessica Jones’s second season was another fascinating look into her character, and this season of Luke Cage just keeps that momentum going.

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