In the upcoming Marvel’s The Defenders, which will hit Netflix on August 18th, Elodie Yung reprises her role as Elektra Natchios — not letting something like her character’s death get in the way — and she ends up teaming with Sigrouney Weaver’s new character, Alexandra. The two actresses were paired together for the roundtable discussions at Comic-Con yesterday and our Kaitlyn Booth was on hand ask some questions.
And the first thing we learn is that Alexandra is not the villain of The Defenders. Weaver makes that very clear. That’s not to say that she isn’t the antagonist with goals very much at odds with the Defenders, but Weaver points out much in the same way her character says in the trailer, that for war to work, both sides have to believe they’re the good guys. Alexandra believes she is doing the right thing.
She says she based her character on a handful of people she knows in New York — all of them men — who support the arts and philanthropic causes, but made their money on fossil fuels and believe they are doing the right thing regardless of the health of the planet.
Weaver also talks about two of the things that drew her to the part. First was the role of Wilson Fisk and how he was portrayed, believing he was making the city a better place. And second was the relationship with the newly resurrected Elektra. It almost feels like it’s going to be a mentor role for Weaver and the two actress sure seem to have bonded during filming. Weaver also liked the fact that she got to do some physical action, something Yung made sure reporters were aware Weaver is trained to do.
It’s been said that the best villains — or the best antagonists — are the heroes of their own story.