Charlie Cox is the stylish superhero we need right now

- Photograph­y by Matt Doyle Art Direction by Evan Kaminsky Styling by Rachel Wirkus for The Wall Group

Modesty comes easy to Charlie Cox. He was born in London and grew up in southern England, a fanatical sports fan of slight demeanour (he now clocks in at a whopping 5’8”) and even slighter aspiration­s of becoming a famous actor. “I’m actually very talentless,” he says. “Actors tend to be artistic, and I’m not at all. Singing is a bad thing for me. And I can’t draw anything.” Which is fine, because Cox doesn’t have to sing or draw in his role as Daredevil, the fearless red-suited Marvel superhero who appears in both his own series (aptly called Daredevil) and alongside Jessica Jones, Luke Cage, and Iron Fist in Netflix’s super-ensemble The Defenders.

Instead, Cox just has to sell death-defying leaps and remarkable — you might even say superhuman — athletic prowess. That, he can handle. “I was never a comic book guy growing up. I was all about sports, man,” he says. “Muggsy Bogues was a hero of mine. He’s only 5’3” but he could dunk. When I heard that, I thought, I’m gonna figure that out.” Cox delved headlong into perfecting his sporting prowess, though admittedly stuck to more British pursuits like soccer or rugby than basketball — anything, though, that involved using his body and the chance that he might be able to show someone up on the playing field. That even included a brief stint at circus school, where he learned some (now very hidden) talents. “The one thing I can do is ride a unicycle. And juggle. Stuff like that,” he says. “It’s very useful.” If you ask us, that’s far more impressive than anything his Marvel alter ego can do.

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