Deadpool 2 and X-Men: The Last Stand both feature their own version of the villain Juggernaut – but are they supposed to be the same character?
The Juggernaut has made two appearances in Fox’s X-Men franchise, most recently in Deadpool 2 – but that Juggernaut seems very different from the version in X-Men: The Last Stand. The X-Men franchise has become fairly convoluted, as the various timelines and retcons have created a series in which it’s nearly impossible to pinpoint exactly what is canon and what isn’t. So, when an altered version of Juggernaut appeared in Deadpool 2, it wasn’t too surprising, but it was never made clear whether the two were intended to be the very same character.
The iteration of Juggernaut that appears in X-Men: The Last Stand (played by Vinnie Jones) was received pretty poorly, as the character’s minor role, goofy accent, and odd design clearly weren’t what fans were looking for. Deadpool 2‘s Juggernaut (played by Ryan Reynolds), on the other hand, was much more well-received, as it altered the personality and appearance of the character to be more closely in line with the villain’s comic-book counterpart. Although Deadpool 2 takes place in the X-Men universe, the two characters seem to be completely different versions of Juggernaut, and the complex X-Men timeline can explain why.
X-Men: The Last Stand Never Happened
Although X-Men and X2 were universally beloved, X-Men: The Last Stand was a critical failure, causing the franchise to be rebooted as a prequel series with 2011’s X-Men: First Class. The second film in the prequel series, X-Men: Days of Future Past combined the original and prequel teams for a time-traveling adventure, leading to an all-new X-Men timeline. One of the casualties of meddling with time in X-Men: Days of Future Past was the original X-Men movies, as the rebooted X-Men timeline now is made up of X-Men Origins: Wolverine, the four prequel films, and Logan. X-Men: The Last Stand never happened, meaning that its version of Juggernaut never existed.
Deadpool’s Comedy Messes With X-Men Canon
The complicated new X-Men timeline mostly explains how the mainline films are laid out, but it does absolutely nothing to explain where in the timeline the Deadpool movies fall. However, a direct answer isn’t really necessary. Deadpool and Deadpool 2 are more focused on being action comedies than they are on moving the canonical X-Men timeline forward, with the timeline being the butt of many Deadpool jokes. The timeline will surely be even more complicated when Deadpool joins the MCU, so the Deadpool movies have found the best way to address the timeline: making a joke out of it.
Because of Deadpool‘s tendency to play loose with the timeline, the two movies have taken the opportunity to fix several versions of X-Men characters that have received criticism in the past. Juggernaut in Deadpool 2 is just one example, changing what was just a fairly muscular human in X-Men: The Last Stand into a hulking monster. Juggernaut isn’t the only example of this, as Deadpool also reboots Colossus, who previously appeared in X2. Although Juggernaut is very different than he was in X-Men: The Last Stand, the comedy of Deadpool 2 makes it hard to question why.
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