Gladiator Marvel


Kallark, codenamed Gladiator is a fictional character that appears in comic books published by Marvel Comics. Mallard was once the Praetor of the Shi'ar Imperial Guard, the most faithful servant of the Shi'ar throne. After the Shi'ar-Kree War, with the apparent death of Lilandra and Vulcan, Kallark is elevated to the position of Majestor by consensus of a desperate Shi'ar populace.

Gladiator and the Imperial Guard were created by writer Chris Claremont and artist Dave Cockrum as an homage to DC Comics' Legion of Super-Heroes, with all the Imperial Guard's original members created as analogs of Legionnaires. Gladiator was the analog to Superboy; the name "Gladiator" was a conscious homage to the Philip Wylie novel Gladiator on which Superman was partially based. Gladiator's name, Kallark, is a combination of Superman's Kryptonian and human names: Kal-El and Clark Kent.

The character first appeared in Uncanny X-Men #107 (Oct. 1977). Since then, he has been periodically featured in X-titles, Fantastic Four, Rom the Spaceknight, Silver Surfer, Nova, and New Warriors. His origin was revealed in War of Kings: Warriors #1 (2009).

He has played important roles in some of Marvel's major storylines, such as Operation: Galactic Storm (1992), Maximum Security (2001), and War of Kings (2009). During the Heroes Reborn era (1997), he starred in the three-issue Imperial Guard miniseries.

Following the conclusion of The Thanos Imperative, Gladiator has appeared as a member of the titular team in Annihilators #1-4 (Mar-Jun 2011) and Annihilators: Earthfall #1-4 (Sept-Dec 2011).

Powers and Stats

Tier: 4-B

Name: Gladiator/Kallark

Origin: Marvel Comics, X-Men #107

Gender: Male

Age: Unknown

Classification: Alien (Strontian), former Praetor (leader) of the Shi'ar Imperial Guard, currently Majestor of the Shi'ar Empire

Powers and Abilities: Superhuman Physical Characteristics, Flight, can survive in space, Teleportation, Microscopic Vision, Passive Telepathy, Energy Manipulation, Heat Vision, and can withstand high temperatures (able to swim in a star), Ice Manipulation with super breath.

Attack Potency: Solar System level (Capable of contending with Thor. Contained an explosion that would have wiped out half the solar system)

Speed: Massively FTL+ combat speed (Scaling from Thor and his own feat). Massively FTL+ flight speed.

Lifting Strength: At least Class Y+

Striking Strength: Solar System Class

Durability: Solar System level

Stamina: Vastly superhuman, Gladiator can operate at superhuman speed for months on end without tiring.

Range: Planetary (At least one planetary diameter)

Standard Equipment: The Shi'ar Device

Intelligence: He has at least several decades of experience fighting interstellar opponents and threats, such as the Kree and Skrull Empire's champions, heroes from Earth, Thanos, etc, and is tactically competent

Weaknesses: Gladiator is vulnerable to certain wavelengths of radiation, and also can be hampered by a lack of mental confidence which affects the levels or peaks of his power to an absurd amount.


Destroyed a planet by punching

Punched Wonder Man to the core of a planet

Flies through Red Giant star with ease

Fights Hyperion in nanosecond timeframe

Flew towards Earth at 100 times speed of light

Can use micro-vision to count ten billion micro-sentinels inside a body within seconds

Heat vision hotter than a star

Froze Thor Girl with freeze breath

Resistant to telepathy/mind control

Notable Attacks/Techniques:

  • Heat Beams: Gladiator is capable of firing highly concentrated beams of energy from his eyes. These beams are capable of reaching extremely high temperatures. The beams are hot enough to blast a hole in The Hulk's skin.
  • Psi Resistance: Gladiator is capable of causing a counter-force against telepathic assaults and probes. Telepaths of sufficient power are capable of penetrating his psionic defenses though.

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