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Jon Bernthal vs. Charlie Cox: Which Netflix Marvel Actor Nailed His Role Better?

Jon Benthral and Charlie Cox, both have starred in a Marvel series on Netflix. The actor Jon Bernthal played The Punisher and Charlie Cox played Daredevil. The Punisher also appeared in the Daredevil series before getting his own series. Daredevil is a marvel superhero, meanwhile, The Punisher is one of the most brutal antiheroes in Marvel comics. Both the characters are different and so are the actors but the MCU fans often compare as to who did a better job in playing the role they were assigned. The two have done an excellent playing their individual roles but let’s draw a comparison between the two actors. And see who did a better job. Among two actors who nailed their Marvel role.

Jon Bernthal as Punisher

Jon Bernthal as Punisher
Jon Bernthal as Punisher

The actor, Jon Bernthal first appeared as the Punisher in the second season of Daredevil. In the series, the actor’s portrayal of the character was largely admired. The Marvel fans and critics both praised the actor’s performance so much that when The Punisher series came out Jon Benthral reprised the role again. Even the comic book writer of Punisher, Gerry Conway said that Jon Bernthal’s performance was the best on-screen performance. The Punisher or Frank Castle is a vigilante, who is seeking revenge for the death of his family. The antihero uses brutal methods to fight the underworld criminals. His means can be lethal as he knows no bounds.

Jon Bernthal does his stunts on the shown by himself. The actor’s portrayal in The Punisher series was “possibly the best grizzly antihero performance among all of Marvel’s Netflix series to date.” Though the actor was hesitant at first. He understood the character and went into the depths to adopt the role and become the Punisher himself.

Charlie Cox as Daredevil

Charlie Cox as Daredevil
Charlie Cox as Daredevil

Daredevil or Matt Murdock is a Marvel superhero who gained his superpowers after a car accident in his childhood. He lives in a crime-ridden neighborhood – Hell’s Kitchen. Matt is exposed to a radioactive substance that makes him go blind. Now the blind superhero is a lawyer by day and masked vigilante by night. The hero who fights against crime in Hell’s Kitchen. Marvel studios chose Charlie Cox to play Daredevil. The actor starred in the Netflix series. As well as, in The Defenders, a miniseries.

Charlie Cox’s performance as the Daredevil was highly praised. Also, American Foundation for the Blind awarded the actor for his role. Playing a blind superhero is a challenge but the actor did an excellent job at portraying it. Also, the actor has reprised his role in the recent Marvel movie, Spider-Man: No Way Home. He shows up as a lawyer helping Peter with the case of Mysterio’s murder.

Jon Benthral vs. Charlie Cox

Charlie Cox and Jon Bernthal
Charlie Cox and Jon Bernthal

Both the actors were highly praised and won appreciation for their roles. Both the roles are equally challenging and the actors understood the assignment. Charlie Cox and Jon Benthral are bankable actors and have great acting skills. But, when comes to drawing a comparison, Charlie Cox might have an upper hand. This can also be because the Daredevil series turned out to be way better than The Punisher. Jon Bernthal’s Punisher was better in the Daredevil season 2 when compared to its own series. Many fans loved the Punisher in Daredevil but did not like the character in his series and its season 2 got canceled Though this is not the final statement, but a majority opinion.

Related: Charlie Cox Reveals Which Daredevil Comics He Wants To Adapt Next

Written by Gargi Mishra

I am Gargi Mishra, an aspiring filmmaker. I look at the world through the viewfinder and love to study films. Write them and write about them.