A bit of cast news has leaked out of the set for Deadpool 3, which is filming now. THR caught wind that they convinced actress Jennifer Garner to dig her sais out of storage and re-become the assassin Elektra Natchios, first seen in the 2003 movie Daredevil before getting her own spinoff two years later.
A lot of people are puzzled by this, but you have to remember what franchise we’re talking about. Given how the previous Deadpool movies were set up, I feel there’s a bit of in-movie context we’re missing here. Jennifer Garner as Elektra makes no sense, so it’s clearly a gag, but for what purpose?
I never saw Elektra, mainly because I did see Daredevil and found it kind of blah. The Daredevil in that film is a clumsy take on a “flawed hero” who sometimes kills the guys he knows are guilty. Eventually he realizes “am I the bad guy?” and mopes on a rooftop. Then he meets Elektra, and there’s the required “boy, your comic book stylized name is really weird” meta comment, and then they fall in love, and Daredevil hears a cry for help but sleeps with Elektra instead (FLAWED HERO) and Elektra spouts the weakest romance line ever recorded: “Don’t go. Stay. Stay with me.”
Meanwhile there’s this guy named Bullseye who kills people ALL the time, not just some of the time like our morally superior hero, and he’s determined to kill Daredevil because he shot at him once and actually missed his target for the first time in his life. He still misses Daredevil the second time, but he does hit Elektra, who dies in Daredevil’s arms. (Elektra is in another movie because she is resurrected from some magic ritual or something. I dunno, this was a bad time for superhero movies.)
Most of the cast from the previous Deadpool movies will return for Deadpool 3. That includes Brianna Hildebrand as Negasonic Teenage Warhead, Shioli Kutsuna as Yukio, Kapicic as Colossus, Morena Baccarin as Vanessa, Leslie Uggams as Blind Al and, most crucially, Rob Delaney as Peter. Unfortunately Zazie Beetz as Domino seems to have been a one-movie appearance. It has a scheduled premiere date of May 3, 2024, but if SAG goes on strike that could change.