Marvel character highlight #04: Juggernaut

NAME: Cain Marko

AFFILIATION: Broth­er­hood of Evil Mutants, X-Men

SPECIAL ABILITIES: Unstop­pable force once mov­ing, super­hu­man strength, endurance and immor­tal­ity through the gem of Cyttorak.

BACKGROUND: Cain Marko became part of Charles Xavier’s fam­ily through the mar­riage of his father and Xavier’s mother. Cain bul­lied Charles at any oppor­tu­nity because of sev­eral fac­tors, includ­ing the fact that his father was abu­sive and because Cain was jeal­ous of Charles’ suc­cess and intel­li­gence. Later, Cain joined the army and was sent to Korea. It was here dur­ing an expe­di­tion that Cain stum­bled upon the Gem of Cyt­torak, an arti­fact of a lost civ­i­liza­tion. Upon read­ing the inscrip­tion, Cain was trans­formed into a liv­ing avatar of the gem. He was lost in a cave-in shortly after that took years for him to dig his way out of. The gem, how­ever, sus­tained him. He has no need of food, water or oxy­gen. He is immor­tal and once mov­ing is an unstop­pable force through the magic of the gem. He is not, how­ever, a mutant. Accord­ing to clas­si­fied doc­u­ments on the X-Men adver­saries, Cain is a mys­ti­cal being and avatar of a god. He has men­aced the X-Men since though in alter­nate uni­verses such as the Age of Apoc­a­lypse, he has been part of the group that he hates with all of his being. Jug­ger­naut is also known as a free­lance worker for hire, some­times team­ing with Black Tom Cas­sidy or work­ing with the Broth­er­hood of Evil Mutants.

RELATIONSHIPS: Charles Xavier, step­brother. David Heller (Legion), uncle.

FIRST VERSUS GAME APPEARANCE: X-Men vs. Street Fighter

APPEARANCES IN OTHER MEDIA: Mar­vel vs. Cap­com (arcade), Mar­vel vs. Cap­com 2 (arcade), X-Men Leg­ends (PlaySta­tion 2/Xbox), Mar­vel Ulti­mate Alliance (Wii/Xbox 360/PlayStation 3), X-Men the Ani­mated Series (tele­vi­sion), X-Men: The Last Stand (film), X-Men Leg­ends II: Rise of Apoc­a­lypse (PlaySta­tion 2/Xbox), X-Men: Next Dimen­sion (Xbox/PlayStation 2/GameCube), X-Men: Evo­lu­tion (tele­vi­sion), Wolver­ine and the X-Men ani­mated series (tele­vi­sion), Spider-Man & The X-Men in Arcade’s Revenge (SNES), Uncanny X-Men (NES), X-Men (arcade), Mar­vel Super Heroes (arcade).

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