Deadpool 2 manage to hide plenty of surprises up its sleeve – among them, the fact that hard-hitting mutant Juggernaut was part of the movie’s superpowered line-up. Now that the secret is out, Fox has released an official high-res image of the Juggernaut shortly after his escape from the prison convoy.
We first saw Juggernaut on the big screen in X-Men: The Last Stand , where he was played by Vinnie Jones, and at one point he was set to appear in X-Men: Days of Future Past (played by Josh Helman, who ended up playing a young William Stryker instead). However, Deadpool 2 delivered a more comic-book faithful version of the character: a giant who towers over regular humans, and who has to be held in a special maximum-security cell.
VFX studio Framestore Montréal detailed how Juggernaut was created in an interview with IndieWire . Deadpool actor Ryan Reynolds provided the character’s dialogue (though Juggernaut is listed in the credits as being played by “Himself”), and the mutant’s face was modeled on that of director David Leitch. Juggernaut stands at a whopping 9′ 6″, and while the character that appears on screen is entirely CGI, a full-scale helmet was built for filming so that a stunt man could jump on top of it. Here’s the official image of Juggernaut shortly after his reveal in the movie.
While casual audiences might assume that Juggernaut wears a helmet in order to more effectively bash down anything that stands in his path, Deadpool 2 has a line explaining that it’s there to stop Juggernaut’s brother from reading his mind. The brother in question is actually Juggernaut’s stepbrother – none other than Charles Xavier (who also has a very brief cameo in the movie). Juggernaut (whose real name is Cain Marko) grew up with Xavier after Juggernaut’s father married Xavier’s mother, and has a lot of built-up resentment towards his stepbrother.
In Deadpool 2‘s climactic final battle, Juggernaut has a showdown with Colossus that culminates in Colossus deciding to finally fight dirty and giving Juggernaut a painful beatdown that involves an electrical cable going where no electrical cable should go. Juggernaut isn’t killed in the fight, however, so it’s possible we’ll see him again in a future movie – perhaps X-Force. Maybe he could even get his hands on Cable’s all-powerful time travel device and use it to bring back his old friend Black Tom Cassidy .