Marvel has a long history of turning Daredevil and Elektra’s fights into a ‘dance,’ but their latest fight is ridiculously choreographed.
Warning! spoiler for Elektra #100 ahead!
One of the most tragic, romantic, and long-lasting marvel comics relationships is undoubtedly the connection between Daredevil and Elektra. The two mixed martial artists long to be with each other, but something usually keeps them apart. Nonetheless, even after their darkest battles against Kingpin, the Hand, and Bullseye, the two always find a way back to each other.
Since her first appearance, Elektra Natchio’s sparring sessions with Matt Murdock have been metaphorically (and sometimes literally) visualized as a forbidden dance on the rooftops and alleyways of New York City’s Hell’s Kitchen. Though Elektra briefly became Daredevil, she recently gave up the mantle. Most fans mark Matt and Elektra’s fight in the 2003 Daredevil film as the most cringe-worthy due to the strangely paced choreography and cheesy dialogue.
However, Marvel may have just topped it with Declan Shalvey and Stefano Raffaele’s “Waltz” from Elektra #100. Elektra’s 100th issue has celebrated the character’s legacy of her, and Waltz is no exception. The writer/artist team captures Daredevil and Elektra beautifully, but it does one thing more ridiculous than the 2003 Daredevil film. The story begins with Elektra leaving Matt a note, inviting him to a sparring contest. Even though it’s supposed to be a fight, the poses indicate dancing. Most of the panels are implicitly sexual, symbolizing an intimate embrace through Daredevil and Elektra’s poses. At one point, Matt lifts Elektra in the same way as Patrick Swayze and Jennifer Grey’s most iconic Dirty Dancing scene. Just like the improvised laughing scene in Dirty Dancing, this scene is both light and sensual. Matt even smiles as he carries her, exemplifying that this is way more of a dance than a fight.
Though some might think it’s silly, this scene perfectly fits Matt and Elektra. It may be “more ridiculous” than Matt and Elektra’s first encounter in the 2003 film, but, as Netflix proved, their fights can depict an intimate connection between the lovers. Despite Daredevil’s disturbing love life, Matt and Elektra have always cared for each other, and they never want to hurt each other deep down, despite all the fights and sparring sessions they’ve had. It makes perfect sense that a planned fight would turn into a dance, especially when they call the rooftop “the dance floor.” Elektra’s exit, stabbing Matt with a throwing knife with the note reading, “better. Need more practice,” definitely fits her character.
In the end, Matt and Elektra’s dance has good and bad qualities. The tone fits both characters well, and their physical intimacy showcases how each character feels about the other. Nonetheless, Daredevil and Elektra‘s fights interpreted as a “dance” might be a bit cliched, but it fits the two heroes perfectly.
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