Elektra (comics)

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Elektra
Elektra 3.jpg
Elektra from the cover of Elektra (vol. 2) #3.
Art by Greg Horn.
Publication information
Publisher Marvel Comics
First appearance Daredevil #168 (January 1981)
Created by Frank Miller
In-story information
Alter ego Elektra Natchios
Team affiliations Thunderbolts
Code Red[1]
The Hand
S.H.I.E.L.D.
HYDRA
The Chaste
Heroes for Hire
Notable aliases Erynys, Daredevil
Abilities Peak human physical ability
Master of virtually all martial arts, particularly ninjutsu
Low-level mind control and telepathic communication
Expert with various types of weaponry, particularly her trademark twin sai

Elektra Natchios, usually referred to only by her first name Elektra, is a fictional character in publications from Marvel Comics.

Elektra is a kunoichi – female ninja assassin – of Greek descent. She wields a pair of bladed sai as her trademark weapon. Created by Frank Miller, Elektra first appeared in Daredevil #168 (January 1981). She is a love interest of the superhero Daredevil, but her violent nature and mercenary lifestyle divide the two. She is one of Frank Miller's best-loved creations, and subsequent writers' use of her is controversial as Marvel had originally promised to not resurrect the character without Miller's permission.[2] She has also appeared as a supporting character of the X-Men's Wolverine and in other series and mini-series as well as adaptations for the screen.

In the 2003 film Daredevil and its 2005 spinoff, Elektra, the character is portrayed by Jennifer Garner. Elektra was ranked 22nd in Comics Buyer's Guide's 100 Sexiest Women in Comics list.[3] Miller initially based the character's appearance on Lisa Lyon, a female bodybuilder.[4]

Publication history[edit]

Created by Frank Miller, Elektra first appeared in Daredevil #168 (January 1981). Miller originally intended this issue, which was essentially a filler story, to be Elektra's only appearance,[5] but she instead became a frequently appearing villain in Daredevil until her death in issue #181 (April 1982). She was resurrected shortly after, but the story contained a narrative note which indicated that Daredevil would never encounter her again.[6]

After over a decade's absence, she reappeared in Daredevil #324-327 (January–April 1994), and went on to a brief stint as a supporting character in Wolverine (in #100-106). Daredevil writer D. G. Chichester recounted that he and editor Ralph Macchio had

bandied about the idea [of bringing back Elektra] in a casual fashion now and again, but neither of us wanted to do it as a gimmick. On the rare occasion I thought I had a legitimate angle to use her, Ralph was cool to the idea. But as we geared up for what would become Fall From Grace, Ralph out of the blue said, "What about bringing back Elektra?" -- and it was really the missing piece that clicked together all the loose pieces of the story in my head, and became the nexus for everything tying together as well as it did. In my mind, it's always been her to whom the title refers.[7]

This upset Frank Miller, who claimed that Marvel had previously promised him that the character would not be used in any publication.[8] She has since appeared in two eponymous ongoing series and several mini-series.

Elektra appears in the 2012 Thunderbolts series by Daniel Way and Steve Dillon.[9]

Fictional character biography[edit]

Family and early life[edit]

Elektra was born on a Greek island near the Aegean Sea to Hugo Kostas Natchios and his wife Christina Natchios. She had an older brother named Orestez Natchios.

Two contradictory accounts of her family history have been given. In Elektra: Root of Evil #1-4 (March - June 1995), Christina is killed by assassins hired by Orestez, while in Elektra (Vol. 2) #18 (May 1998), she is killed by an insurrectionist during the Greek Civil War. In both accounts, she gives premature birth to Elektra just before dying.

When a nine-year-old Elektra was assaulted by kidnappers, the men were all killed by Orestez, who had grown into an accomplished martial artist after leaving home. Orestez advised his father that Elektra needed to learn self-defense. Hugo hired a sensei to teach her the martial arts.

In Elektra: Assassin #1 (August 1986), the adult Elektra has vague memories of being raped by her father as a 5-year-old. Years of counseling and medication had convinced her this was a false memory, but the doubt remained. Elektra grew up close to her father but was plagued by dark visions and voices with no known source. She occasionally reacted to them with self-harm. Her father eventually sent her away to psychotherapy until becoming more stable. It was uncertain whether Elektra actually became more stable or merely appeared to.

Cover to Daredevil Vol. 1 #168, Elektra's first appearance (misspelt as "Elecktra"). Art by Frank Miller.

Activities as an adult[edit]

Hugo Natchios eventually served as a Greek ambassador to the United States. 19-year-old Elektra attended Columbia University, New York City, New York. There, Elektra began dating classmate Matt Murdock.

A year later, Elektra and her father were kidnapped by terrorists. A rescue attempt by Matt went wrong, and Hugo Natchios was gunned down.[10] Elektra lost faith and hope. She quit Columbia and returned to China to study martial arts. Stick, a member of the benevolent organization called the Chaste, recognized the darkness in her soul and attempted to train her himself, but she ultimately sided with the Hand, a sect of mystical ninja, who trained her as an assassin. She later broke away from them and became an independent agent, and in this role she again encountered Matt Murdock, who was now active as Daredevil. She defeated Daredevil in her mission to kill the criminal Alarich Wallenquist. However, she failed her assignment, and Daredevil had to save her from being killed by Eric Slaughter, revealing his secret identity to her in the process.[10] Although the pair worked together to fight the Hand, they also came into conflict frequently.

Elektra later battled the Hand alongside Daredevil and Gladiator.[11] She then battled Kirigi.[12]

Cover to Daredevil Vol. 1 #181 (Apr. 1982). Art by Frank Miller.

She soon became the chief assassin in the employ of New York City's premier crime lord, the Kingpin.[13] She attempted to kill Daredevil after he tried to stop her from terrorizing Ben Urich.[14] The Kingpin then assigned her to kill Matt Murdock's partner, Franklin "Foggy" Nelson. When Nelson recognized Elektra as Matt's college girlfriend, she was unable to kill him.

Elektra was fatally stabbed by Bullseye with one of her own sai in a battle over which of them would be the Kingpin's assassin. Elektra managed to crawl to Daredevil's house before dying in his arms as Bullseye watched the two, hidden among a crowd that had gathered to see what was going on.[15] Later, members of The Hand stole her body and attempted to resurrect her. Daredevil, with the assistance of Stone, a member of Stick's order, intervened, defeating The Hand ninja. Daredevil then tried to revive Elektra himself. Although his attempt failed, it did have the effect of purifying Elektra's soul. Elektra's body subsequently disappeared, as did Stone.[16]

Later, Stone somehow resurrected Elektra and then sent her to aid the X-Man Wolverine, at a time when he had been physically and mentally regressed to a bestial form. She helped retrain him to the point where he could think and vocalize as a human once more, and spent time with him thereafter as he returned to his normal form, including taking him with her on a return to her ancestral home.[17]

Some time after her partnership with Wolverine ended, it was revealed that when Elektra was resurrected by Stone, Elektra's evil aspect had been physically split apart from her in its own body as a consequence of the ritual performed by Daredevil. Her darker half, calling itself Erynys, fought Elektra and was killed by her, thus returning the dark side to Elektra's soul.[18]

She was hired by Nick Fury to assassinate Saddam Abed Dassam, the leader of Iraq who was in league with HYDRA, and retrieve the Scorpio Key from them. Fury hired her as a way to avoid accountability in global political circles. Along the way HYDRA tried to hire her, an offer she refused. They then set the Silver Samurai on to her and it appeared she killed him though he appeared alive and well in other comics. When she eventually obtained the Key, she refused to give it to Fury, believing that he could not be trusted with such a powerful weapon. She instead gave it to the police officer who had killed her father stating that he had a debt to her and he would not let her down.[19]

Wolverine: Enemy of the State[edit]

Elektra was one of the 'good guys' when she worked with S.H.I.E.L.D.[20]

HYDRA and The Hand joined forces, killing off various heroes and resurrecting them into their possessed warriors, including the X-Man Wolverine, who became their killing machine.[21] Based on her relationship with Logan and her ties to the Hand, Nick Fury hired Elektra to lead the mission, paying her in excess of $200,000, more money in one day than the (then) yearly salary of the President of the United States.[22] She worked to stop Wolverine from killing others as well as to try to turn him back to his normal self. During a fight with The Hand, Elektra was killed and resurrected as a Hand warrior, eventually becoming their leader.[23] Along with the X-Man Northstar and other superhumans killed and resurrected by the Hand, Elektra attacked Nick Fury, injuring him badly and causing the destruction of a S.H.I.E.L.D. helicarrier.[24]

Thanks to S.H.I.E.L.D., Wolverine eventually came to his senses and wanted revenge.[24] During a fight with Elektra, she mentally spoke to him, using new abilities given to her by the Hand, which were similar to the Kimaguri abilities she had in the Elektra movie. She explained that being killed by The Hand was all part of a plan she had from the beginning. She explained that she had been resurrected by The Hand and infiltrated the organization, making them believe they had been successful in resurrecting her as a brainwashed warrior. She told him that they would take The Hand and HYDRA down together. They fought off many ninja and were victorious.[25] Gorgon, however, attacked Elektra and threw off her mental blocks, enabling him to read her thoughts and see where Fury was being treated for his injuries (he also discovered that the Vatican also hired her, to kill him). Gorgon teleported, with Elektra, to kill Fury. When they arrived, Elektra ordered the S.H.I.E.L.D. soldiers to attack. Gorgon used his power on her neck and she collapsed. Wolverine eventually used Gorgon's own powers against him, defeating him.[26]

In an e-mail to Kitty Pryde, Nick Fury told her that Elektra had survived, but was missing and was probably in Eastern Europe, creating her own militia group, which she intended to be her own version of The Hand. He also told Kitty that Elektra was no threat... so far. It was unknown where Elektra really was or what her plans were, but it was during the time following the destruction of the helicarrier that she was abducted by Skrulls and replaced with an imposter.[27]

Daredevil and the Kingpin[edit]

She resurfaced to help Daredevil with a situation with the Kingpin. The crime lord, in exchange for his freedom, offered the FBI irrefutable evidence that Matt Murdock was Daredevil.[volume & issue needed]

It was revealed that Elektra actually helped Kingpin gain all the needed information back when she was Daredevil's enemy, and she returned because she felt an obligation to help Matt out of the trouble for which she felt responsible. It was also revealed by the Black Widow that Elektra is now the leader of The Hand.[volume & issue needed]

Daredevil meets up with Elektra, the Black Widow, and the new White Tiger in front of the building that holds the "Murdock Papers" (the evidence Kingpin was talking about). They intended to retrieve the papers before the FBI could get there, but were suddenly attacked by Bullseye. Daredevil and Elektra fought the villain and, after a lengthy and bloody battle, won. However, Daredevil was suddenly shot by Paladin (who was working for FBI operatives) and was left bleeding profusely in Elektra's arms. Elektra then takes Matt to the Night Nurse, but insists that The Hand should cure him. Black Widow appears and objects. While Elektra and Black Widow fight, The Hand heals Matt Murdock.[volume & issue needed]

Outside the Night Nurse's medical office, reporters and police gather. Elektra then jumps out the side window, along with The Hand to drive off the police and FBI. She gets in a quarrel with Luke Cage, and quickly exits the scene at Matt's request.[volume & issue needed]

It was later revealed that this Elektra was actually a Skrull and not the real Elektra.[28]

Replacement by Skrulls[edit]

Main article: Secret Invasion

Elektra seemingly reappears, appearing to be corrupted by the Hand.[29] She kills, resurrects, and imprisons the vigilante Maya Lopez, intending to use her as a weapon. The New Avengers rescue Lopez and she ends up stabbing Elektra to death.[30] However, upon her death it is revealed that "Elektra" is actually a Skrull in disguise; its death indicates that the Skrulls have become undetectable to even the heightened senses of New Avengers members Spider-Man, Wolverine, and Doctor Strange. The corpse is given to Iron Man by Spider-Woman.[31]

Mighty Avengers #16 reveals that Elektra was selected to be replaced by a Skrull imposter named Siri. She was targeted by several Skrull impostors while staying in Japan, however, Elektra fought and killed most of these Skrulls (including Siri), before being blindsided and severely beaten by a Super Skrull manifesting Invisible Woman's invisibility and Colossus' organic steel armor. A Skrull named Pagon took Elektra's place since Siri was killed by Elektra. Pagon's death was planned all along, being their major "reveal" of their intent to take over the world's superheroes.[32]

The real Elektra was revealed to be alive upon one of the Skrull Ships and was released during the final battle between the heroes and the Skrulls.[33] Iron Man immediately orders her held in protective custody at S.H.I.E.L.D.[34]

Dark Reign[edit]

Being the only Skrull captive showing signs of experimentation and torture, Elektra finds herself weakened by multiple injuries. Norman Osborn orders her studied and monitored to obtain information as to why this was the case.[34] Paladin breaks into H.A.M.M.E.R. (formerly S.H.I.E.L.D.) headquarters intending to kill Elektra for $82 million. She overpowers Paladin and chokes him by spitting her broken tooth down his throat. She forces him to surrender the keys to her to escape. Before leaving the cell, she murders the interrogator who was torturing her for info.[34] She finally makes her escape after taking down several H.A.M.M.E.R. operatives and manages to reach Matt Murdock's office to raid his stash of first aid supplies. After being confronted by Foggy Nelson, she collapses from extensive blood loss due to her injuries.[35]

Elektra wakes up handcuffed to a hospital bed in the Night Nurse's clinic. The nurse explains that she bound Elektra for her own safety, although the ninja easily frees herself. Their conversation is interrupted when a hit woman named Nico breaks in and attempts to kill both of them. Elektra sends Nico flying out the window then arms herself with the ninja's weapons while telling the Night Nurse to escape. Elektra jumps into the alley and battles Nico, only to find that another hit man named Carmine is also attempting to kill her with a sniper rifle from a rooftop. She manages to defeat Nico while evading Carmine's shots and obtains some clues from Nico as to why she was being targeted for assassination. On the rooftop, Carmine is murdered by Bullseye (in the guise of Hawkeye), who was sent by Norman Osborn to kill Elektra.[36]

Elektra climbs to the top of the building to confront the third assassin, only to be taken aback when she discovers that he is Bullseye. Although initially hesitant, she stands her ground and faces her killer. The two begin to fight when Nico manages to reach the rooftop to check on Carmine. Bullseye attempts to kill her with a drug laced arrow, but she is saved by Elektra (who accidentally gets the drugs on the arrow in her system in the process). Bullseye then kicks the seemingly sedated Elektra off the building, but she manages to land safely. Bullseye follows and confronts her on the street, attempting to kill her with her own sai, much like their first encounter. However, this time Elektra outmaneuvers him and stabs him through the back with one his own arrows. Nico once more interrupts the fight, attempting to shoot a fleeing Bullseye, then confronting a heavily drugged, helpless Elektra. H.A.M.M.E.R. agents enter the fray and shoot Nico, but are ambushed and killed by Wolverine before they can finish Elektra off.[37]

After escaping H.A.M.M.E.R., Wolverine reveals to Elektra where Nico ran, and Elektra tries to confront the problem head on and peaceably end the conflict. Arriving at the Blackhawk crash site, she discovers that Agent Brothers, a former S.H.I.E.L.D. agent, was the one who put a price on her head. Brothers claims that she was responsible for killing hundreds of S.H.I.E.L.D. agents during the Blackhawk incident. Elektra, having no memory of the incident, denies the accusations and urges both Brothers and Nico to go in peace, stating that it was her Skrull impostor who was responsible for the incident. However, Norman Osborn then appears, and reveals that Elektra was in fact abducted after the Helicarrier attack, although she has no memory of this because she had used a mind trick to "forget" her resurrections and the incidents surrounding them to prevent the Skrulls from accessing them during her abduction. Norman taunts Elektra to undo this mind trick, and Elektra obliges. It is then revealed that Elektra is actually guilty of the accusations. She then proceeds to kill both Nico and Brothers.[38]

Code Red[edit]

Elektra was involved in an incident with the Red Hulk, X-Force, a new villain called the Red She-Hulk and a few other well known mercenaries such as Deadpool and the Punisher.[39]

Shadowland[edit]

Main article: Shadowland (comics)

In Shadowland storyline, Stick tries to convince Elektra to help stop the Hand from corrupting Matt. However she refuses, because she wanted him to be cold-hearted just like her out of spite for him. However she reconsiders when she witnessed the broadcast of Daredevil killing Bullseye.[40] She joins the Hand so she can gain intel on the Shadowland fortress to help the super heroes infiltrate it. Later upon rejoining the Hand, Elektra visits Daredevil and Typhoid Mary at Bullseye's grave intending to resurrect him.[41] She then helps sneak the super heroes into the building, to stop Daredevil from resurrecting Bullseye. A fight erupts and just when Elektra tried to reach out to Matt, the Demon of the Hand finally possesses him. Once he defeats all of the super heroes, Iron Fist used his chi energy on the demon to help heal Matt's soul. While that was happening, Elektra entered Matt's mind to encourage him fight the evil presence of the demon. Matt killed himself to stop the demon from causing any more chaos. However, Elektra later resurrected him.[volume & issue needed]

As part of the Marvel NOW! event, Elektra becomes a member of Red Hulk's Thunderbolts.[42]

Powers and abilities[edit]

Skills[edit]

Elektra's primary abilities are a strong knowledge of martial arts and weaponry. Elektra learned ancient martial arts of China, Siam, and Japan. She is a master combatant with the Japanese Sai, her usual weapon of choice. She is also highly skilled with the katana, daggers, three-sectional staff, and shurikens. She is a master of many Japanese combat forms including Ninjutsu. Elektra is an Olympic-level athlete, strong in gymnastics and swimming, with a high level in athleticism in human strength, speed, stamina, agility, dexterity, reflexes & reactions, coordination, balance, and endurance. She is resistant to pain and extreme heat and cold. She is also able to keep to the shadows and move with such speed that she can remain unseen even in daylight.

Elektra has the ability to mesmerize others, and as such make them see illusions or other phenomena.

Elektra also has the ability to "throw" her mind into those of others. For instance, she was able to track down her enemy, Ken Wind, by temporarily "borrowing" people's minds and acting through them while she hunted around for her prey. This temporal mind control enables her to metaphorically sniff out the psyche, or intent, of her targets. It saw extensive use during Elektra: Assassin, in which she was heavily reliant on only her ninja powers.

Elektra has demonstrated low-level telepathy. She can communicate telepathically with individuals possessing similar levels of mental discipline, such as the Chaste. Elektra mastered this ability during training with The Hand, which mentally links her to The Beast, the demigod of The Hand.

Other versions[edit]

What If?[edit]

In the story "What If Elektra Had Lived?", penned by Frank Miller, Elektra's murder at the hands of Bullseye does not occur as Bullseye is cut down and killed while trying to escape from prison. Elektra spares Franklin Nelson's life, irritating the Kingpin, who swiftly orders her execution. After fighting off several assassination attempts, Elektra flees to Matt Murdock's brownstone home. Murdock initially wants to take Elektra into custody, but she warns him that with the Kingpin putting a bounty on her head, she will die if she is sent to prison at the hands of his agents. Murdock decides to flee New York with Elektra, putting up his home for sale and cutting off contact with Nelson. The couple are last seen enjoying a quiet sunset on a beach, far removed from society and seemingly happy.[43]

Exiles[edit]

In one of the universes visited by the Exiles, Elektra was one of the few remaining survivors in a world ravaged by HYDRA and their leader, Sue Storm. Elektra is shown to be the lover of Reed Richards, and is a key player in the revival of the inhabitants of that earth. Her abilities are identical to that of her mainstream version.

House of M[edit]

Elektra appears as one of the assassins of the Kingpin and is later hired by John Proudstar to bring down Luke Cage's "Avengers".[44]

Marvel Mangaverse[edit]

In the Marvel Mangaverse, Elektra is evil and works for the Hand. When she is first introduced she encounters Daredevil who at first refuses to believe that she was working for the enemy. After a tearful reunion they kiss and she says to him "You tried to save my soul once. Unfortunately there was nothing there worth saving" and then proceeds to cut him in half. Later, during her fight with Carol Danvers, she shows remorse for having killed him. Elektra thanks Carol when Carol cuts her in half with her own blades.[volume & issue needed]

Marvel vs. DC[edit]

In the Marvel vs. DC. miniseries, Elektra fought Catwoman and won. Stating that she has no problem with killing people, but this was not really 'their' fight, she instead cuts Catwoman's whip in a way that causes the DC character to fall into a truck filled with sand. She does state that she is a spectacular martial artist and can, most likely, beat other heroines.

Marvel Zombies[edit]

In the Ultimate Fantastic Four arc "Crossover", Elektra is seen among the zombie hordes preparing to attack Magneto, Mr. Fantastic, and the few living humans they are protecting.[45] She is also among the zombies that attack (and infect) Frank Castle.[volume & issue needed] The infected Wolverine from this incident travels to another Earth where he kills the human Elektra with his claws, impaling her through the stomach in the manner of Bullseye.[46]

MC2[edit]

In the MC2 Universe (an alternate future primarily focused on the children of current Marvel superheroes), Elektra married Wolverine and the two had a daughter named Rina Logan, a.k.a. Wild Thing. Very little is said about the future of Elektra, although we do see that she is actively involved in parenting Rina. Additionally, it is shown that she is wealthy enough to have an "extra-dimensional" credit rating.

Elektra also has a cameo in Spider-Girl where she is hired by the Black Tarantula to be Spider-Girl's martial arts instructor. Though not knowing Spider-Girl's true identity, Elektra quickly surmises that she is the daughter of Spider-Man based on how she talks, fights and carries herself.

Mutant X[edit]

In the Mutant X Universe—an alternate world which was visited by the Earth-616 (mainstream Marvel Universe) Havok—Elektra (surname: Stavros), while still equally trained as a martial artist and assassin, is the nanny and bodyguard of Scotty Summers.[47] Scotty is the son of that reality's Alex Summers and Madelyne Pryor. Elektra stays close to Scotty, protecting him from repeated assaults by his mother, the Goblin Queen, and her brainwashed allies.[48] Following the disappearance of the Goblin Queen, she indulges in an affair with Havok.[49] She seemingly dies near the end of the series, though Scotty reassures Alex that she will come back.

Ultimate Marvel[edit]

See also: Ultimate Daredevil and Elektra and Ultimate Elektra for information on the two starring miniseries.

In the Ultimate Marvel universe, Elektra Natchios is a student at Columbia University who has a knack for martial arts and is a great fan of Bruce Lee. Her mother died of breast cancer when she was 6, and her father is trying to make money with a laundromat.

In this universe, she starts out as a sweet, innocent girl who cares deeply for her loved ones - so deeply that she is willing to go over dead bodies to help them. This trait starts her descent into becoming one of the most deadly assassins in the world.[volume & issue needed]

There is a gap between the Elektra featured in Ultimate Daredevil and Elektra and Ultimate Elektra and the one shown in Ultimate Spider-Man. In the first two arcs, she is a normal college student,[volume & issue needed] but in the last arc - which is set a few years later - she has become the Kingpin's right hand and is a villainess.[volume & issue needed] She is hired by an unknown person to kill a Latverian terrorist, but Spider-Man prevented her from doing it.[volume & issue needed] She is shown in this universe as a highly dangerous and skilled killer, and was able to take down the likes of Hammerhead,[volume & issue needed] Black Cat,[volume & issue needed] Moon Knight,[volume & issue needed] and Spider-Man easily.[volume & issue needed] She was later put into a coma when Moon Knight threw one of his crescent blades at her, hitting her in the head when she was about to kill Black Cat.[volume & issue needed]

PunisherMax[edit]

A more "realistic" version of Elektra appears in the PunisherMAX series, from Marvel's MAX imprint. This version of the character is Japanese: the Hand lends her services as a bodyguard to the Kingpin, especially to protect him from the Punisher.[50] She also becomes the Kingpin's lover. It is revealed that Elektra was secretly hired by Kingpin's ex-wife Vanessa in order to assassinate him for failing to prevent the murder of their son Richard. It also is revealed that she is in a lesbian relationship with her as well.[51] Elektra eventually has a final confrontation with the Punisher in order to save Vanessa. She manages to seriously wound the Punisher, but is shot several times and left permanently incapacitated.[52] Later, a representative from the Hand has one of his men finish her with a sword.[53]

Bibliography[edit]

By Frank Miller[edit]

In addition to her signature appearances in Daredevil, Elektra starred in three series produced by her creator, Frank Miller:

Additional series[edit]

Elektra has also headlined the following series:

  • Elektra: Root of Evil #1-4 (Marvel Comics, 1995)
  • Elektra Megazine #1-2 (Marvel Comics, 1996, reprint series)
  • Elektra vol. 1, #1-19 (Marvel Comics, 1996–1998)
    • Elektra vol. 1, #-1 (Marvel Comics, 1997, "FlashBack Month" issue)
    • Peter Parker: Spider-Man / Elektra '98 Annual (Marvel Comics, 1998)
  • Elektra vol. 2, #1-35 (Marvel Comics / Marvel Knights, 2001–2004)
    • Issue 3 was recalled by Marvel due to featuring nude images of the character. An edited version was later reissued to retailers.
  • Elektra and Wolverine: The Redeemer #1-3 (Marvel Comics, 2002)
  • Elektra: Glimpse & Echo #1-4 (Marvel Comics / Marvel Knights, 2002)
  • Elektra: The Hand #1-5 (Marvel Comics, 2004)
  • Dark Reign: Elektra #1-5 (Marvel Comics, 2009)
  • Shadowland: Elektra one-shot (Marvel Comics, 2010)

Ultimate Marvel[edit]

An alternate version of Elektra starred in the following series set in the fictional Ultimate Marvel Universe:

Collected editions[edit]

Title Material Collected ISBN Publication Date
Elektra: The Scorpio Key Elektra vol. 2, #1–6 0785108432 November 30, 1999
Elektra Vol. 1: Introspect Elektra vol. 2, #10–15 0785109730 December 11, 2002
Elektra Vol. 2: Everything Old Is New Again Elektra vol. 2, #16-21 0785111085 June 11, 2003
Elektra Vol. III: Relentless Elektra vol. 2, #23–27 0785112227 January 7, 2004
Elektra Vol. 4: Frenzy Elektra vol. 2, #29-35 0785113983 June 30, 2004
Title Material Collected ISBN Publication Date
Ultimate Daredevil & Elektra Ultimate Daredevil & Elektra #1–4 0785110763 November 30, 1999
Ultimate Elektra: Devil's Due Ultimate Elektra #1–5 0785115048 January 5, 2005

Intercompany crossovers[edit]

Elektra has been featured in crossovers with characters from other publishing companies:

In other media[edit]

Films[edit]

Jennifer Garner as Elektra in the film Elektra.
  • The 2003 Daredevil film tells of Elektra being the daughter of billionaire Nikolas Natchios and the love interest of Matt Murdock. At a very young age she witnessed the murder of her mother, and since then her father has had her become highly trained in martial arts. For the role of Elektra, many actresses were looked into with considerations including Penélope Cruz, Salma Hayek, Natalie Portman, Lucy Liu, Jessica Alba, and Katie Holmes.[54] A short-list was eventually made, giving the choices of Jennifer Garner, Jolene Blalock, Mía Maestro and Rhona Mitra,[55] with Garner finally becoming the actress to land the role.[54] Garner said of the character, "I think she's strong and cool and beautiful and smart. She'd be a good role model."[56] Garner noted that the costume would be different as Elektra often wears red satin, but in the film she wears black leather. Garner explained "the red would never have worked for hiding a harness, and I know this sounds ridiculous, but you have to protect your skin a little bit. They throw me around so much on the rooftop [that] I got cut through the leather, so imagine if I hadn't had anything."[57] The course of events in the film begin with Elektra falling for Murdock, then seeing her father murdered by Bullseye. However, she wrongfully accuses Daredevil for his death, seeing only him at the scene of the crime. Elektra was trained by Stick as a child so she practiced intensely with her favorite weapons, sai, which she would use to attack Daredevil. When she finally confronts the vigilante, she impales him by his shoulder. She goes on to unmask him, surprised to see Matt Murdock. Elektra finally realizes it was Bullseye who murdered her father. She confronts Bullseye who beats her in battle, leaving her for dead. She was able to say goodbye to Murdock before dying in his arms.
  • In the Elektra spinoff sequel to Daredevil, it was revealed that after Elektra died, her old trainer Stick resurrected her and trained her in martial arts in the Way of Kimagure (the ability to control time, the future, and life and death), a benevolent dichotomy of The Hand. On expulsion from Stick's school – a life lesson for her heart of anger and hate – Elektra became an assassin for hire. She soon became acquainted with a single father and his daughter, Abby. She discovered the two were being hunted down by the organization known as the Hand. Elektra, with the help of Stick and his assistants, protected Abby and her father. Having been a treasure herself, Elektra was later told that Abby was to be the next Treasure: a powerful weapon that could tip the scales of the Hand's power. Elektra had a final showdown with the leader of the Hand. If Elektra won, Abby would go free; if the leader of The Hand won, then Abby would belong to the Hand. In the battle, Elektra was nearly beaten – then, realizing that The Hand leader was her mother's killer, Elektra fatally stabbed him through the heart with one of her sai, and flipped him down a well where he disintegrated. A final scene shows Elektra resurrecting Abby the same way Stick resurrected her.
  • Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige revealed in an IGN interview that they have the rights to Elektra.[58]


Video games[edit]

  • Elektra is a boss in the video game tie-in to the Daredevil live-action film. In the game, she is brainwashed by the Kingpin into fighting Daredevil. After she is defeated by Daredevil, she reveals the Kingpin's whereabouts.
  • She appears as a playable character in EA's Marvel Nemesis: Rise of the Imperfects, along with other well known Marvel characters (Elektra and Storm are the only Marvel heroines). In this video game, she fights against Daredevil who has been altered by an imperfect chip and wins, but then she is defeated by the magician The Wink.
  • Elektra is also a playable character in Marvel: Ultimate Alliance voiced by Gabrielle Carteris. She is the fastest character in the game and her sai attacks are very deadly. She has special dialogue with Arcade, Black Widow, Bullseye, and The Wrecking Crew, and is one of the few characters who appear during all game briefings. A simulation disk involved Daredevil protecting Elektra from Bullseye and another simulation disk has her fighting Bullseye on the S.H.I.E.L.D. Omega Base. Her costumes include her classic, Ultimate (colored white instead of the usual red), Assassin, and Stealth.[59]
  • Elektra is available as downloadable content for the game LittleBigPlanet, as part of "Marvel Costume Kit 2".[60]
  • Elektra is featured as a boss in the Facebook game Marvel: Avengers Alliance. She is featured in the chapter 6 mission called "Magic Hand." Elektra later becomes an unlockable character.[61]

Toys[edit]

  • Elektra appeared in the Marvel Legends toy line, in series 4 (the first female in the toy line) and in the Urban legends box set (repaint white outfit). Elektra later appears in Hasbro's first series of Marvel Legends 2 Packs, with Ronin.
  • Elektra appears in Hasbro's Marvel Super Hero Squad toy line for children ages 3 and older, sharing a two-pack with Daredevil. In 2008, a white-clothed Elektra with a different face was issued in a box set including a repainted Ghost Rider, Punisher, and Spider-Man.
  • Elektra also appears in the Marvel Select toy line, designed and produced by Toy Biz for Diamond Select Toys
  • Elektra is the seventeenth figurine in the Classic Marvel Figurine Collection.

Miscellaneous[edit]

  • Elektra was among the ten Marvel characters utilized on a set of Marvel Comics Super Heroes commemorative postage-stamps that were issued in 2007.[63]

See also[edit]

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  63. ^ USPS Stamp News: Spider-Man and Nine Other Marvel Super Heroes to Deliver for Postal Service, USPS.com

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