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"Our world is being taken by gods! We will become gods and take it back! This is the new order!"
― Jakob Nystrom[src]

Jakob Nystrom is the leader of a Norse Paganist hate group based in Norway. Nystrom and his girlfriend Petra Larsen fell into conflict with S.H.I.E.L.D. and Elliot Randolph when they attempted to harness the power of the Berserker Staff and cause chaos.


Finding the Berserker Staff

Nystrom and Petra Larsen

"I told you it was real, and that I would find it. Are you ready? What you're feeling, don't fight it. That rage, it's already inside of you. Don't be afraid of it, don't hide from its power. Embrace it. Embrace it!"
― Jakob Nystrom to Petra Larsen[src]

Nystrom and his girlfriend Petra Larsen discovered an ancient manuscript detailing the hidden locations of the ancient Berserker Staff. The pair believed that finding the staff was the key to ascending to Godhood. After locating the first piece in the Trillemarka National Park in Norway, Nystrom, Larsen and their followers started hate-fueled riots in Oslo, Norway proclaiming "We Are Gods".

Nystrom and his followers gained possession of the second piece of the staff after taking it from Professor Elliot Randolph in Seville, Spain. Randolph was secretly the ancient Asgardian "Warrior Who Stayed" who hid the staff in the first place and he sought to find the pieces before the Paganists.

Nystrom and the Paganists then traveled to Ireland to find the final piece. There they were confronted by a S.H.I.E.L.D. team led by Agent Phil Coulson who were led to the location by Randolph.

The paganists were taken out in physical combat by Agents Grant Ward and Melinda May, with Nystrom being defeated in combat with Ward. The Berserker Staff was taken into S.H.I.E.L.D. possession.[1]

Powers and Abilities

Former Powers

  • Superhuman Strength: The Berserker Staff temporarily gave Nystrom strength beyond human levels, he managed to hurt Elliot Randolph with his piece of it.


  • Tactician: Nystrom was an excellent tactician and leader.
  • Combatant: Nystrom was able to defend himself against Grant Ward until he was finally defeated by him.




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