We wonder how the introduction of Cable, Domino and to an extent the X-Force, wasn’t adequate for Deadpool 2 that they had to feature another major Marvel character who wasn’t even promoted. While the loyal Deadpool fans anticipated his presence, there was no official confirmation about Deadpool 2 featuring Juggernaut.
This leads to the most obvious question. Who is the guy playing this CGI assisted version of the X-Men villain and the brother of Professor Charles Xavier who had gone rogue? The credits mention Juggernaut “as himself.” Now it is revealed that it was the biggest name possible, at least from within the Deadpoolfranchise.
Yeah, you guessed it right. Ryan Reynolds, the lead star fo the Deadpool franchise, who also happens to be the producer and co-writer of the movie, has provided the voice and facial motion capture for Juggernaut, as revealed by the screenwriter Rhett Reese.
“Ryan Reynolds ended up voicing Juggernaut, if you didn’t know that,” Reese mentioned during the film’s New York City press junket earlier this week. “That was Ryan’s voice as the Juggernaut, and he did the facial capture for him. I don’t know how they did the physical mo-cap — I don’t think that was Ryan.”
For the screenwriter duo Reese and Paul Wernick, who also happened to be the writers of the original Deadpool, it was eventually a way of doing Juggernaut “right” after a lot of fans were dismayed by the way the iconic X-Men villain was shown in 2006’s X-Men: The Last Stand, where Vinnie Jones played the character. Since he is a mega-villain with nearly unstoppable powers, it helped raise the stakes against the heroes in the movie’s third act.
“We committed to it pretty early on, because he’s never been done justice until now,” Reese said. “We always wanted to see a CG Juggernaut, so we finally got that. We also really needed to balance the scales in act three, between Deadpool and friends and little Firefist who has cool powers, but we needed to make it a fair fight. What greater force of nature than Juggernaut?”
Also, Juggernaut’s appearance would link to a couple of comic book rivalries. Juggernaut vs. Colossus has been a long-term feud, and Colossus even possessed the power of Cyttorak once, and then there are iconic fights such as Uncanny X-Men #183, mentioned in the movie, and Juggernaut was also the villain in the Deadpool miniseries from 1994, at a time when a continuous Deadpoolseries was not even a regular part of Marvel’s publishing schedule.
“It also gave us a chance for him to fight Colossus,” Reese said. “Two big behemoths going at it in act three is never a bad thing.”
Stan Lee and Jack Kirby created Juggernaut in the X-Men #12 published in 1965.