How Doctor Strange Poses A Huge Problem For Iron Fist
This year’s Comic-con was awesome, let’s start with that. I enjoyed most of the trailers; I liked DC’s self-deprecation at the end of its Justice League trailer, and Ezra Miller, obviously. Wonder Woman looked amazing though I can’t help but feel, judging from some of the action scenes, that Snyder was a clandestine co- director of the movie—after all, it hadn’t been revealed till recently that he played a part in scripting the Amazonian’s upcoming origin story.
Marvel also left us teeming with anticipation when they dropped trailers for their MCU-expanding Doctor Strange, and the final entry to their Netflix standalones line-up—Iron Fist. The Doctor Strange trailer was a psychedelic mesmerizing experience thanks to the Inception-style kaleidoscopic visuals, while with Iron Fist, what we were treated to was more of a teaser—hinting at how Danny Rand gets into K’un-Lun, later returns home, gets locked in an asylum and right-hooks a door into oblivion.
So if Iron Fist looks great and Marvel has a proven track-record, what’s there to be afraid of? Well, their other up-coming aforementioned title—Doctor Strange.
The film’s plot is about an arrogant surgeon who is rendered ineffectual at his job when his hands get damaged in a car crash. Desperate to have them fixed, he travels half-way around the world eventually winding up at a mystic Buddhist-esque land—that for some reason has wireless—where he gets more than he bargained for when he encounters the enigmatic enlightened Ancient One, later taking up the mantle of Sorcerer Supreme—something he was destined to—defeating his jealous co-disciple somewhere along the way, depending on how much content will be derived from the comics.
On the other hand, the story of Iron Fist will be centered on a young boy, who after he and his parents’s journey to a mystic Buddhist-esque land ends tragically, is rescued, and brought into said mystic land—that’s devoid of wireless—where under the tutelage of Lei Kung the Thunderer, he gains the skills and knowledge necessary to taking up the mantle of the Immortal Iron Fist, and later duels and defeats an envious fellow student—again depending on how much is drawn from the comics.
Stripped to its most basic form, Doctor Strange will really boil down to: debilitated white-male goes to mystic Asian land where he is trained by Asian master who gets killed by jealous Asian rival of white-male, but now awesome white-male defeats jealous Asian rival and surpasses deceased Asian master who’ll be reincarnated, so I guess everything’s cool. This is more or less what we expect to see in Iron Fist—given a faithful adaptation of the comics—except without all that death-reincarnation stuff, and the Asian rival and master actually being Asian(they’re black and white respectively in Doctor Strange).
Ergo, not only will audiences re-experience Doctor Strange when Iron Fist premiers months after, they’ll also be subjected to another story marred by the dreaded mighty whitey trope. This sort of feels like a step back for Marvel who have broadened the diversity of their revamped comic-book ensemble that is due this October. Doctor Strange has already been the subject of heated conversations concerning race, but the movie will come out of all the controversy, when it opens in November, mostly unscathed—I mean, it’s Marvel we’re talking about here guys. Whether the audience will let it slide a second time with Iron Fist is shrouded in mystery at this time.https://www.myfantasysportstalk.com/how-doctor-strange-poses-a-huge-problem-for-iron-fist/https://i2.wp.com/www.myfantasysportstalk.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/08/a-1.jpg?fit=655%2C370&ssl=1https://i2.wp.com/www.myfantasysportstalk.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/08/a-1.jpg?resize=150%2C150&ssl=1ComicsEntertainmentMoviesTV Showsdoctor strangeThis year’s Comic-con was awesome, let’s start with that. I enjoyed most of the trailers; I liked DC’s self-deprecation at the end of its Justice League trailer, and Ezra Miller, obviously. Wonder Woman looked amazing though I can’t help but feel, judging from some of the action scenes, that Snyder was a...Eric BalsonEric Balsonericbalson2015@gmail.comContributorWriter, avid comic fan, gamer and cinephileMyFantasySportsTalk