Marvel’s Iron Fist released on Netflix in March to generally negative reviews from critics. While some fans have enjoyed and defended the series - it has a respectable 3.97 out of 5 ComicBook User Rating - it's hard to argue that the show hasn’t been the least well-received Marvel Television series on Netflix so far. Iron Fist has a 79.47 ComicBook Composite Score, whereas the other Jessica Jones, Daredevil, and Luke Cage all carry at least an 85.
One of the major criticisms of the series has been that, for a show about a master of the martial arts, the fights scenes aren’t very impressive. Some of that criticism has been mostly aimed at the excessive amount of cuts and edits the series uses, and others have focused on more specifically on Finn Jones and what they feel is an inability on the lead actor’s part to sell the action.
It turns out Jones may have simply been doing the best he could with the time he has, which wasn’t much time at all. Jones claims that he only had minutes to learn the choreography for a fight scene because Iron Fist was on such a tight, some might say rushed, schedule.
“But really, I was learning the fight scenes 15 minutes before we actually shot them because the schedule was so tight,” Jones tells Metro. "So 15 minutes before, the stunt director would talk me through the choreography and I'd just jump straight into it. It really was a baptism of fire and I just learned on the job and I've been doing it for 12 months now. With practice, you just get better and better with dealing with that kind of schedule.”
Jones also stated that he didn’t have as much time to train for the role of Iron Fist as he would have liked.
“It was very intense, to begin with,” Jones says. “When I first moved over to New York, before I started actually filming, I had three weeks of very intense martial arts and weight training preparation. But then unfortunately once the show started, the filming schedule was just so tight – I was working 14 hours every day, six days a week, days into nights, nights into days – and actually my schedule didn’t allow me to continue the training as much as I really hoped.”
Hopefully he’s had some time to train in between wrapping on Iron Fist and filming Marvel’s The Defenders, otherwise, he may have some trouble keeping up with his teammates: Daredevil, Jessica Jones, and Luke Cage.
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