|First appearance||Marvel Graphic Novel #5 (January 1983)|
|Created by||Chris Claremont |
|Notable aliases||William Stryker, Jr.|
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Created by writer Chris Claremont and artist Brent Anderson, he first appeared in Marvel Graphic Novel #5. His character is later re-introduced in All-New X-Men #19 in 2013 and was officially given his name "Jason Stryker" in that version.
Fictional character biography
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Jason was born after his parents, William Stryker and Marcy Stryker, crashed their car in the Nevada desert. William was stationed on a nuclear testing facility when Marcy was pregnant. Alone in the desert, Marcy went into labor and Stryker was forced to deliver their baby. Stryker named the newborn Jason. When Marcy woke from unconsciousness and asked if their baby was okay, Stryker snapped Marcy's neck. His father saw his birth as a sign from God, turning into a religious fanatic that ensures the genocide of all mutants.
However, his father kept him and resorted to A.I.M. to treat Jason's mutant condition. As an adult, Jason joins the Purifiers to continue his father's work and faced a time-displaced version of the original X-Men.
Powers and abilities
Jason possesses the ability to project a blinding white light from his body that is powerful enough to knock several people unconscious. His mutation was apparently initially unstable, as he was born horribly deformed and was also implied by his father to be deathly ill, afflictions that A.I.M. was able to somehow alleviate, though with side-effects such as chronic headaches and insomnia.
The Ultimate Marvel iteration of the character is Reverend William Stryker, Jr., the son of William Stryker, Sr. and the leader of an anti-mutant coalition armed with Sentinel technology that is possibly stolen from S.H.I.E.L.D. He has a Sentinel tech body armor that resembles Ahab from the mainstream Marvel universe and various alternate realities. His wife Kate Stryker and son John Stryker are killed during the "Ultimatum" wave through New York, leading to his hatred against mutants. Stryker's forces (that wears Crusader-esque outfits) later attack Juggernaut and Rogue. He is later seen with the advanced Nimrod Sentinels. When he attacks Times Square, executing mutants in public, the X-Men appear and the Shroud kills him via a phasing arm through his abdomen; it's revealed that he's a mutant with the power of technopathy. His father used medication in order to suppress his abilities but his powers manifest with his last breath and manipulate a wave of Nimrod Sentinels to kill every mutant on the planet. It is revealed that his last act left his brain-patterns imprinted on the Nimrod Sentinels as Master Mold, and continues to be a threat to the X-Men. As Master Mold, Stryker led an assault against Kitty Pryde's team of mutants before Pryde managed to damage Stryker's machine body enough to destroy him permanently.
In other media
- Michael Reid McKay portrayed Jason Stryker in X2. This version is a mutant with the ability to project illusions into people's mind through eye contact, and he also has heterochromia. Prior to the film's events, he is sent by William Stryker to the Xavier institute in hopes of curing him, which only made him accept his mutation and angered William when told there was no cure. One year after Jason returned, he blamed his parents for his mutation and then tortured them by planting telepathic illusions in their minds until his mother committed suicide by drilling into her own brain. Stryker then gave his son a lobotomy to make him more docile. As Mutant 143, Jason was bound to a wheelchair and mute, and is used by his own father to make a secretion from his son's brain to inject into other mutants to control. Stryker's control over his son was powerful; all that needed to be done is whisper commands to Jason and the action would follow without question. He uses telepathic illusionary powers to appear as a little girl (played by Keely Purvis) and is strong enough to convince Professor X to use Cerebro back at the mansion. The little girl illusion has the Professor to locate 'all the mutants' around the world via Cerebro. When the X-Men began an assault on Stryker's secret lair at Alkali Lake, Stryker commands Jason to use the illusion to urge the Professor to find and kill all the mutants. However, Mystique (impersonating Stryker) later commands Jason to change the target to all the humans. Jason was last seen inside the replica Cerebro chamber and was left to drown when the Weapon X underground complex was flooded by Alkali Lake.
- Jason Stryker makes a cameo appearance in X-Men Origins: Wolverine. Set years before the first film, he is kept in cryogenic suspension by William Stryker and is the driving force behind his father's mutant-related projects that eventually results in Weapon XI.
- Jason Stryker is featured in X-Men: The Official Game, voiced by Steven Blum (as an adult) and by Grey DeLisle (as a child). Jason survived the flooding of the Weapon X underground complex as his psyche now fractured into two halves: a good half who has been appearing to Nightcrawler and an evil half that is controlling Master Mold to kill the X-Men. Jason's good half helps Nightcrawler to disable Master Mold. Nightcrawler attempts to save Jason as Master Mold begins to collapse, but Sabretooth abducts Jason and attempts to make an escape. Wolverine tracks Sabretooth's scent and confronts while Nightcrawler escapes with Jason. Jason dies thanking Nightcrawler for saving him.
- All-New X-Men Vol. 1 #21
- Marvel Graphic Novel #5
- All-New X-Men Vol. 1 #21
- All-New X-Men Vol. 1 #19
- Ultimate Comics: X-Men #1
- Ultimate Comics: X-Men #6
- Ultimate Comics: X-Men #8
- Ultimate Comics: X-Men #16-18
- Jason Stryker at Marvel.com