As revealed in The Defenders Comic-Con International trailer, Elektra Natchios is back from the dead — but she’s far from the same character who appeared in Daredevil Season 2. At SDCC, Elektra herself Elodie Yung and Daredevil star Charlie Cox weighed in on the character’s return and how she has changed since her untimely death.
Asked what was different about her role, Yung said, “Oh, it’s very different! I can’t say too much because that would give away a lot of the whole series, the whole story. To me, she comes back — so we all know she comes back — as a new person… but she’s such a strong person, character, that under layers I kept some of her characteristics.”
“To me, [that] she was almost a different character… was quite interesting. So I kept in mind that, you know, although she’s brought back to life by Alexandra and she’s not quite herself yet,” she shared. “So — as an actress — I had to remind myself that yes, she is in this position of almost being a zombie — not a zombie, I didn’t approach her this way, but more like an amnesiac.”
She revealed that she had some idea that Elektra would return after Daredevil Season 2, though she wasn’t quite sure of the specifics at the time. “We were talking about doing something like this, but… nothing was set in stone. I kind of knew that she’d be back and also, in the comics, it’s like she dies so many times and then comes back in a new outfit. So yeah.”
Daredevil himself Charlie Cox also weighed in on Elektra’s return and how willing his character will be to get her back. “That’s a really complicated one. When Elektra reemerges, I think Matt — deep down in his heart — knows it’s not her, not really. The small amount of hope that he has that it could somehow be, or maybe might one day be an Elektra that he recognizes, is so tempting not just because he loves her but also because of the alleviation of the guilt that he feels,” he explained. “I think he explores that emotionally, to a point where it begins to become ridiculous. In a way, it’s the others that allow him to see the impossibility of it. I think, left to his own devices, he’ll take it to the end… whatever that culmination would be, he would keep going. That’s the great thing about Matt! In some ways, he’s so smart and level-headed and, in other ways, when he gets emotional, he’s like a child.”
Arriving August 18 on Netflix, the eight-episode Defenders miniseries stars Charlie Cox as Matt Murdock, Krysten Ritter as Jessica Jones, Mike Colter as Luke Cage, Finn Jones as Danny Rand, Elodie Yung as Elektra Natchios, Sigourney Weaver as Alexandra.
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