Marvel Comics recently announced that it would be releasing a three-issue installment in the continuing saga of “Daredevil”. However, the series coined “Daredevil: Woman Without Fear” — a play on the pseudonym “The Man Without Fear” (AKA Daredevil) — would feature Matt Murdock’s replacement, and it launches this month.
Daredevil was first introduced in 1964’s “Daredevil #1” by Stan Lee and Bill Everett and has since gone on to be one of Marvel’s most commercial, interesting, and popular superhero characters. Despite his longevity in the comic book arena, the movie Daredevil (2003) starring Ben Affleck (Matt Murdock/Daredevil) and Jennifer Garner (Elektra), failed to land with audiences but years later Charlie Cox’s turn as the New York hero would skyrocket the character’s popularity ten-fold. Let’s not forget Daredevil’s comic roots, though.
Helmed by Chip Zdarsky, the recent “Daredevil” series came to a climactic conclusion last year when it saw Matt Murdock imprisoned, Wilson Fisk — the Kingpin — continue a dangerous new relationship, and a new protector of Hells Kitchen rising to the challenge. Elektra Natchios will star in this year’s three-part event from the Marvel Comics house as her own story propels into the future.
2021 saw Marvel announce the new Woman Without Fear initiative. They said, in part (via ComicBook):
The next chapter of Elektra Natchios’ vigilante career as Daredevil begins this January. Marvel Comics has announced Daredevil: Woman Without Fear, named in the spirit of Frank Miller and John Romita Jr.’s fan-beloved miniseries Daredevil: The Man Without Fear. The series sees Elektra’s vow not to kill tested as she comes up against a new foe. The miniseries will run for three issues.
Marvel describes the series from Zdarsky and penciler, Rafael de Latorre, as:
The next pulse-pounding chapter in the saga of New York City’s Guardian Devil, this time starring ELEKTRA as Daredevil! Joined by Rafael De Latorre, Chip Zdarsky continues his landmark run and the DAREDEVIL story that spins directly out of the shocking revelations in the pages of DEVIL’S REIGN! Elektra is the world’s deadliest assassin – and she’s taken a vow not to kill. Someone puts themselves directly in her path with deadly consequences. What else would you expect from the MARVEL UNIVERSE’S GREATEST HUNTER?!
Elektra’s new chapter as Daredevil will release January 12, 2022.
“Daredevil: Woman Without Fear” will run alongside the next chapter of Daredevil’s overarching story, “Devil’s Reign”, which sees Wilson Fisk hunt for heroes like Captain America, Spider-Man, the Fantastic Four, Jessica Jones, and Luke Cage. It is being billed as a “classic-style, Marvel Comics crossover event” and began December 1, 2021.
Elektra has had a rather mixed onscreen history. From Garner’s take on the Marvel assassin in Daredevil and later in her own spinoff, Elektra (2005), to Élodie Yung’s portrayal in the Netflix Daredevil series where she starred alongside Cox, Deborah Ann Woll (Karen Page), Elden Nelson (Franklin “Foggy” Nelson), and Vincent D’Onofrio (Wilson Fisk), the Marvel hero has had a sketchy story so far.
As for Matt Murdock himself, Charlie Cox’s character recently got his Marvel Cinematic Universe debut in Jon Watts’ Spider-Man: No Way Home (2021) alongside Tom Holland’s Peter Parker. In a cameo capacity only, this first entry into the MCU for Cox’s Daredevil is sure to open up all sorts of doors with the actor rumored to reprise his superhero role in Marvel television shows like She-Hulk alongside Tatiana Maslany, and upcoming Phase Four movies. In fact, Cox is rumored to show up “everywhere” in Kevin Feige’s MCU over the next few years which is sure to delight Marvel fans.
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