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About Juggernaut

By Chad Derdowski     -
Source: Marvel.com

Overview

The unstoppable engine of destruction known as The Juggernaut is actually Cain Marko, the stepbrother of Professor Charles Xavier. Possessing the Crimson Gem of Cyttorak, Juggernaut is granted the ability of simply being physically unstoppable when he doesn't want to be stopped. He has been both an enemy and ally of the X-Men for years.

Origin

Abused by his father, Kurt, Cain Marko became an angry, bullying child. When Kurt's colleague, Dr. Brian Xavier, died, Kurt married Brian's widow Sharon and Cain found himself with a stepbrother in the form of Charles Xavier. Admiring Charles' intellect, Kurt seemed to be more enamored of his new stepson than his own flesh and blood, which caused Cain to resent Charles. Years later, Cain found himself in the military on a mission in Asia, where he discovered the lost temple of Cyttorak, which housed a mystical entity. Upon discovering the Crimson Gem of Cyttorak in the temple, Cain was transformed into a human juggernaut.

History

Seeking revenge on his step-brother, Cain Marko became The Juggernaut. He met defeat time and again at the hands of the X-Men. He eventually formed a partnership with Black Tom Cassidy and the duo became known as two of the world's most wanted criminals. After years of villainous behavior, Marko found himself transported to another world where he formed a team of universe-hopping heroes known as eXiles. Upon returning to his own universe, Juggernaut fought and was defeated by the entity known as Onslaught, a manifestation of Charles Xavier's repressed evil side. Onslaught trapped Juggernaut within the Ruby Gem of Cyttorak until being freed by a mystic known as Gomurr the Ancient, who imbued Cain with the power of the gem. Unfortunately, Juggernaut quickly resumed his villainous ways. It was eventually revealed that Cain Marko was not the first Juggernaut, but was one of many avatars chosen by Cyttorak, a diety from a pantheon of eight gods seeking to remove humanity's free will. With the help of Charles Xavier, Marko defeated Cyttorak and restored his psyche, as well as a fraction of his power. After several more years of criminal behavior, Juggernaut has rejoined the X-Men and is undergoing anger management therapy. He currently resides in England is a member of the British super-team Excalibur. One can only assume he will eventually return to his old antics once again.

Powers/Abilities

Thanks to years in possession of the Ruby Gem of Cyttorak, Juggernaut has exceptional superhuman strength, endurance and durability. The extent of these abilities is unknown.

Weapons/Paraphrenalia

Juggernaut wears a helmet and skullcap fashioned from an unkown metal from the Crimson Cosmos dimension of Cyttorak. The helmet and skullcap protect him from psionic attacks.

Comic and Film Appearances

Juggernaut was created by Stan Lee and Jack Kirby and first appeared in X-Men #12 (1965). He made his film debut in X-Men: The Last Stand (2006) and was portrayed by Vinnie Jones.

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