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Art by Leonard Kirk.
Publication information
PublisherMarvel Comics
First appearanceThe Incredible Hulk vol. 2 #92 (April 2006)
Created byGreg Pak
Carlo Pagulayan
In-story information
Full nameMiek
SpeciesSakaar native
Team affiliationsWarbound
Notable aliasesKing Miek
Queen Miek
Miek the Unhived

Miek is a fictional character appearing in American comic books published by Marvel Comics.

Miek appears in Thor: Ragnarok and Avengers: Endgame as a larva-like creature instead of a humanoid roach.

Publication history[edit]

Miek was first seen in The Incredible Hulk vol. 2 #92 during the "Planet Hulk" storyline and was created by Greg Pak and Carlo Pagulayan.

Fictional character biography[edit]

Miek was a member of planet Sakaar's native race of insectoids. When he was young, his father and most of his hive were attacked and killed by local Imperials, forcing Miek to flee underground. He was accidentally rescued, as an outcast slave, during Hulk's battle with the Red King. Soon after, the Warbound escaped with Miek secretly leading them to the place where his father was killed. The Warbound then aided him in securing his revenge. Miek and Brood, who have formed a connection due to their insect nature, freed Miek's brothers and added the Warbound to their Hive. Within a short time he underwent a metamorphosis and evolved into a giant heavily armoured "King" version of his race.

Miek located one of the last Queens of his race, at an egg farm at which the Warbound were hiding. Unfortunately for Miek, and his species, the Queen was consumed by a Spike infection and had to be killed.[volume & issue needed] Miek led the Warbound in Hulk's place while Hulk, Hiroim, and Caiera attempted to obtain the allegiance of Caiera and Hiroim's people.[volume & issue needed]

Following the death of Caiera Oldstrong, Miek and the rest of the Warbound accompanied the Hulk back to Earth, where he pledged to aid him in a quest of vengeance against those responsible for the Hulk's forced exile.[1]

On Earth, Miek was one of the most vocal in encouraging the destruction of the planet in revenge for what was done. By the end, it was revealed that Miek knew all along that the Illuminati were not responsible. Red King loyalists had planted a damaged warp core on the Hulk's ship hoping it would kill the Hulk. Miek did not tell the Hulk hoping it would encourage the Hulk to keep destroying. Enraged, the Hulk and No-Name nearly killed Miek.[2] After the Hulk's defeat Miek was captured by S.H.I.E.L.D. in Wonderland and relayed information about the Warbound to help recapture them.[3]

Following the Secret Invasion storyline, Miek was presumably still imprisoned in the Negative Zone supervised by Wonderland's freed inmates.[volume & issue needed]

Chaos War[edit]

Miek made a full recovery as he remained locked away in Prison 42 and stayed there until Amatsu-Mikaboshi became the Chaos King and attacked all of reality. As order gave way to chaos, Miek found his freedom along with many other prisoners. He pledged his service to the Chaos King, who sought to destroy everything much like Miek wished Hulk would.[volume & issue needed]

Miek, with an army of other former prisoners, attacked Amadeus Cho and Galactus as they attempted to complete a gateway to a pocket universe to save creation. Cho recognized him from the attack on New York but could not reason with him. Miek was unwilling to trust anything Cho said and tried to stop Cho from completing the gateway. Despite Miek initially had the upper hand and nearly killed Cho, an earthquake caused by the fight between Chaos King and Hercules caused him to lose his prey. Amadeus quickly knocked him with the Golden Mace, causing Miek to fly away.[4]

Planet Savage[edit]

Miek found that as a result of his exposure to the Chaos King's energies, he had become biologically female. This allowed her to lay clutches of eggs, but the hatchlings could not survive long after birthing. Miek found her way to the Savage Land, and in the process of asserting herself there, slaughtered forty-three Sakaarian refugees residing there. She had also grown considerably larger and more powerful through this time. Ka-Zar contacted Hulk regarding the deaths of the Sakaarians, and Hulk assembled his Warbound and headed there directly, despite the grievous injuries he'd sustained from his battle with Zeus. During the Warbound's first night there, the Sakaarian elder had drugged the group, allowing Miek and her insect horde to abduct the Hulk. The elder had made an agreement with Miek that his people would be spared if he helped Miek obtain the Hulk as a sacrifice.[5]

Miek had attempted to supplant her hatchlings into the bodies of Sakaarians, to keep them fed and safe, but that had not worked. When attempting it with the Hulk's unconscious body, the hatchlings thrived. Using exceedingly strong insect chemicals, Miek kept the Hulk drugged and under mind control while her hatchlings gestated in Hulk's chest, even sending the mind-controlled Hulk against his own Warbound in an attempt to stop them from rescuing his captive. When the Hulk's rage burned off the mind control, Miek tried to convince the Warbound to help them keep her hatchlings alive.[6]

Hulk then tore the infants from her chest and attempted to stomp them, before he set about killing Miek. Skaar then tackled Hulk, smashing his head into the ground, and calling him a "stupid monster". Skaar promised the infant insects that no one would hurt them and that he'd care for them, as he could sympathize with their plight. Miek attempted to drug Skaar, to make him kill his father, only to have another of her arms chopped off by Hulk, who then punched Miek through a volcano and across the Savage Land into a mountain of ice. Hulk chased after and tried to save Miek, but Miek would not let him, and fell presumably to her death.[7]

Powers and abilities[edit]

As a Sakaaran Native, Miek hatched from an egg in a grub-like larval stage and eventually entered a cocoon-like pupae stage after several months. Six months later, he emerged from his cocoon as an adult Native, with fully formed antennae, six limbs, and postpharyngeal glands used to communicate with other members of their familial hive. Later in life, Miek entered into a second pupae stage and emerged as a Native king, with an armor-like chitinous carapace, longer mandibles, clawed phalanges, and overall greater body mass.[8]

As a gladiator on Sakaar, he developed six-limbed fighting skills, often wielding four weapons at a time to keep his opponents off-balance.[9]

Other versions[edit]

Marvel Zombies Return[edit]

In the 4th issue of Marvel Zombies Return, when Hulk and the Warbound land on the moon they are met by zombiefied versions of Giant Man and the Immortals. There Miek along with No-Name are soon killed and eaten by Giant Man.[10]

What If?[edit]

  • In the What If? issue revolving around Planet Hulk called What if Caiera the Oldstrong had survived the destruction of Sakaar instead of the Hulk?, Miek is also killed in the destruction of Sakaar when they run into a volcanic crack formed as Sakaar breaks apart, believing that the Hulk is coming towards them, and is burned to death. His death prevents anyone from discovering the truth of Sakaar's destruction and leads to Caiera's conquest of Earth.[volume & issue needed]
  • Miek was also featured in a What If? issue revolving around "World War Hulk". In the first story, he is killed alongside the Warbound and the heroes that are present when Iron Man does not hesitate to use the laser on Hulk. In the second story, Miek's treachery is known after Thor had successfully reasoned with Hulk.[volume & issue needed]

In other media[edit]



  • Miek appears in the Planet Hulk film voiced by Sam Vincent.[12] He is shown to be more cowardly yet good and friendly and looks up to the Hulk as a friend. While never betraying them, becoming evil, or meta-morphing into King Miek, he does get braver throughout the film, even single-handedly fighting and killing a traitor who was about to kill his friends under the orders of the Red King. His past and reason for exile though were never revealed.
  • Miek appears in live-action films set in the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
    • Miek is introduced in Thor: Ragnarok.[13] Miek is a larva-like creature and initially uses an exoskeleton equipped with blades in order to aid them in combat. Besides his friend, Korg, he is one of the gladiators who befriends Thor after he arrived on the planet Sakaar. When Thor stages an escape, Valkyrie frees Miek, Korg, and the rest of the gladiators to start a rebellion. On the Statesman, Miek is taken to Asgard where he helps evacuate Asgardians and fight against Hela's undead army, but loses his suit in the process. After being accidentally stepped on by Korg, Miek is carried by him on board the spaceship, but is found to be alive and have laid eggs. He, Korg, Loki, Valkryie, the Hulk, and the Asgardians witness Thor take the throne as king.
    • In Avengers: Endgame, Miek has settled on Earth in New Asgard in Norway. He and Korg are present in Thor's hut, when Bruce Banner and Rocket Raccoon come to recruit Thor. Later, he is brought to the final battle against an alternate Thanos and his army.
    • Miek will return in Thor: Love and Thunder.[citation needed]

Video games[edit]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Avengers: The Initiative #4 (2007)
  2. ^ World War Hulk #5 (2007)
  3. ^ World War Hulk Aftersmash: Warbound #1 (2008)
  4. ^ Chaos War #5
  5. ^ Incredible Hulk #622
  6. ^ Incredible Hulk #623
  7. ^ Incredible Hulk #625
  8. ^ Flamini, Anthony & Pak, Greg (w), Calafiore, James (p). Planet Hulk: Gladiator Guidebook #1 (July 19, 2006), Marvel Comics
  9. ^ Flamini, Anthony & Pak, Greg (w), Calafiore, James (p). Planet Hulk: Gladiator Guidebook #1 (July 19, 2006), Marvel Comics
  10. ^ Marvel Zombies Return #4 (2009)
  11. ^ "Planet Leader". Hulk and the Agents of S.M.A.S.H. Season 1. Episode 26. July 13, 2014. Disney XD. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  12. ^ Harvey, James (December 25, 2009). "Animated "Planet Hulk" Cast And Crew Details, "Hulk Versus" 2009 Year-End Sales". Marvel Animation Age. Archived from the original on January 10, 2010. Retrieved September 8, 2010.
  13. ^ Cabin, Chris (October 20, 2016). "'Aquaman': James Wan Teases "Swashbuckling Action" & Indiana Jones Influence". The Hollywood Reporter.

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