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Iron Fist is getting a second season and a questionable new showrunner

by Eric Frederiksen | July 23, 2017July 23, 2017 9:00 am PDT

If Iron Man is one of the best things to happen to live-action superhero adaptations, then Iron Fist is one of the worst. Even so, Marvel’s committed to the character, and they’re giving him a second season.

Here’s the good news

The show will have a new guy in charge of everything behind the scenes. Scott Buck is stepping down to be replaced by Raven Metzner, an executive producer on the fan-favorite Sleepy Hollow.

The first season of Iron Fist didn’t measure up to the other shows in Marvel’s Netflix library, giving us a season that I called “obligatory” when it premiered. A show that exists only because it has to for the upcoming Defenders show to exist. It had lackluster action – bad for a Marvel show, worse for a kung fu-heavy one – as well as some bumpy characters and some of the worst writing we’ve seen in a Marvel property in some time.

But what about the bad news?

I’m glad Iron Fist is getting a second chance, and I’m glad Marvel is trying out a new showrunner to see if the character can go in a new direction.

But did they have to pick Metzner, of all people?

Metzner’s last interaction with a Marvel property was back before the birth of the MCU, when he wrote Elektra, a spin-off of the critically-panned Daredevil movie starring Ben Affleck. Elektra wasn’t any better, and is better described as a Jennifer Garner vehicle than as a superhero movie.

It’s admittedly been over a decade since that ill-advised flick, and 10 years is a long time to learn from one’s mistakes. I’m hoping time has been kind to Metzner and that we get a better product this time around.

There’s no release date or window yet for Iron Fist season 2, but Iron Fist appears next in Marvel’s Defenders on August 18, 2017.

Eric Frederiksen

Eric Frederiksen has been a gamer since someone made the mistake of letting him play their Nintendo many years ago, pushing him to beg for his own,...