A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
Danny's appearance vs. his physical fighting prowess reminds viewers not to judge someone's abilities based on how they appear. Practicing martial arts developed self-discipline, self-defense skills, and inner peace for Danny.
Positive Role Models
Danny tries to be at peace with people, including people who rebuff him. When he gets very anxious or mad, he works hard to calm himself down. He uses martial arts to disarm his attackers, not to do the most damage possible. He sometimes speaks about Zen/Buddhist philosophy to illuminate a situation. Danny is kind to a homeless man and generally good-hearted, even after going through the trauma of being orphaned and coming back to New York to find disbelief and then hostility directed toward him.
Violence & Scariness
Danny's flashback scenes of the plane breaking up in midair and crashing are quite intense and graphic. Martial arts scenes show physical fighting; guns and knives are shown. Some fight scenes are gory, with lots of blood, especially in later episodes.
Did you know you can flag iffy content? Adjust limits for Violence & Scariness in your kid's entertainment guide.Get started
"Dick," "hell," "balls," "pussy," "bitch," "s--t."
Did you know you can flag iffy content? Adjust limits for Language in your kid's entertainment guide.Get started
Products & Purchases
This is a part of the large Marvel Comics franchise.
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
A drug addict is shown shooting a drug into his arm in a background scene; another character deals with heroin abuse.
Did you know you can flag iffy content? Adjust limits for Drinking, Drugs & Smoking in your kid's entertainment guide.Get started
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Marvel's Iron Fist is the story of Danny Rand (aka Iron Fist), who has super martial arts powers. Raised in the billionaire lifestyle, Danny (Finn Jones) is orphaned at age 10 when his family's private jet crashes in the Himalayas (Danny's flashback scenes of the plane breaking up in midair and crashing are quite intense and graphic). Danny returns to New York 15 years post-crash after learning a lot of kung fu, but his dad's former corporate partner is not happy to see him. That's when the fight scenes begin. There's a lot of hand-to-hand combat and martial arts fighting that can get gory, and violence ramps up in later episodes. Danny fights when he needs to, but he usually tries to disarm or limit his opponent's fighting abilities.
Is It Any Good?
This is most definitely a different kind of superhero series. Marvel's Iron Fist isn't full of action, colorful characters, laughs, or über-muscled bodies. But there's a depth to the orphaned character Danny Rand/Iron Fist that's engaging on a different level, and it's intriguing to watch how he handles each conflict with a balance of philosophy and fight. The flashback scenes to his childhood (and especially the plane crash) give the viewer insight into his current tortured yet good-at-heart personality. Another doesn't-fit-the-mold character in Iron Fist is Danny's friend and martial arts studio owner Colleen Wing. She's a strong female character who (refreshingly, for a superhero series) doesn't dress in push-up bras or high heels. Rand's nemeses, the evil Meachum father-son duo, have a seriously dysfunctional relationship. Will the disgruntled son eventually turn on the supposedly dead but actually in-hiding dad?
The slower pace and lower flash of this show may turn many superhero fans away, but it may also make some superhero fans out of people who normally don't like the typical pace, glam, and one-liners. Either way, Iron Fist's take on a superhero's journey to discover his place in the world is undeniably different.
Did we miss something on diversity?
Research shows a connection between kids' healthy self-esteem and positive portrayals in media. That's why we've added a new "Diverse Representations" section to our reviews that will be rolling out on an ongoing basis. You can help us help kids by suggesting a diversity update.