Deadpool 2's surprise villain explained

Warning: Contains spoilers for Deadpool 2

The rumours surrounding Deadpool 2 indicated that the movie’s villain would be Black Tom Cassidy (Jack Kesy). Well, he does show up in the movie, but more as a punchline than a serious threat to anybody.

No, director David Leitch had another surprise antagonist in the bag… the unstoppable monster known as the Juggernaut.

Russell (Julian Dennison) befriends the giant, helmeted man during his flirtation with supervillainhood. His massive strength proves too much for Deadpool and his X-Force allies until Colossus shows up.

But who the hell is Juggernaut, anyway?

You may remember him from the dreadful X-Men: The Last Stand, as played by Vinnie Jones – who delivered the ‘immortal line’, “I’m the Juggernaut, bitch!”

Comics fans were not altogether impressed by his performance, but in look and backstory, Deadpool 2‘s version should pacify the purists. The CGI Juggernaut has regained his giant size, and Russell’s throwaway line, “You wear that helmet because your brother tries to read your mind?” hints at his traditional origin.

This is a reference to Professor X, who is Juggernaut’s stepbrother. In the comics, the villain (real name Cain Marko) brutally bullied Charles because his abusive father favoured his new wife’s son.

Cain eventually came into possession of the magical Gem of Cyttorak, which transformed him into the powerful giant known as the Juggernaut – complete with a helmet that protects him from his stepbrother’s telepathy. He went on to become a recurring enemy of the X-Men.

This film – like The Last Stand – seems to have defined Juggernaut as a mutant rather than going with his ‘I got my powers from an enchanted crystal’ origin, which we can understand. But who knows – he might emerge from that electrified pool in X-Force to reveal that he really is the human servant of the demon Cyttorak.

But probably not…

Deadpool 2 is out now in the UK and will be released on May 18 in the US. Book tickets here.

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