This may come as surprising news to those of you who have been keeping up with Marvel’s Netflix shows. Iron Fist has garnered nothing but horrible reviews from critics and fans alike. Still, somehow, it managed to become the most binge-watched drama of the year for Netflix.
Granted, it’s still early in the year. Plenty of other shows will have the opportunity to pass it by. But it’s still kind of funny that the most (only?) hated Marvel show on Netflix would manage to hold that title, even if it’s just for a little while.
On March 17, when Iron Fist premiered, it pulled in 14.6% of all Netflix streams. That annihilated other big premieres like Luke Cage (12.8%) and Stranger Things (4.0%). More than half of those streams made it to episode three or higher. Pretty impressive, especially since it’s an hour long show.
Maybe people were tuning in simply to see how bad it was. Still, you’d think they’d abandon ship after one episode if that were the case. Before the show even premiered, critics had already ripped it to shreds. It got a 37 score on Metacritic, and Rotten Tomatoes gave it a dismal 17% approval rating. That’s the absolute lowest score any Marvel show has ever gotten.
Even Finn Jones, the series star, had to abandon social media for a while. He attempted to defend Iron Fist, but was getting way too much hate.
So what could make this show worth binge-watching? Perhaps it’s the fact that it ties in with other Marvel/Netflix hits like Jessica Jones and Daredevil. In fact, The Defenders, which is set for release on August 18, is going to feature all the Marvel/Netflix stars. Maybe people feel the need to get Iron Fist’s backstory before heading into watching that.
If you don’t want to tune in before watching The Defenders, here’s what you need to know: Finn Jones plays Danny Rand. After going missing, he returns to New York City, where he’s heir to a big business. He has a power known as the Iron Fist. He fights crime. The end.