- Gladiator (Kallark)
: "For the former Daredevil villain, See
Gladiator (Melvin Potter)."
caption=Gladiator battles the Fantastic Four in "Fantastic Four" #249. Art by
X-Men" #107 (October, 1977)
alliances= Imperial Guard
aliases=Captain Universe, Cal Kramer
Superhumanstrength, speed, stamina, agility, reflexes, and durability
Energy beams from eyes
Gladiator is a
fictional characterthat appears in comic bookspublished by Marvel Comics. The character first appeared in " X-Men" #107 (October 1977) and was created by writer Chris Claremontand artist Dave Cockrum.
Fictional character biography
Gladiator is the
Praetor(leader) of the elite corps of the Shi'arImperial Guard — an army of powerful beings that enforce Shi'ar Imperial law on all planets within the Shi'ar Galaxy. The elite corps also protects and carries out the personal directives of the "majestor" or "majestrix" (emperor or empress) of the Shi’ar Empire.
Gladiator's first known encounter with Terrans occurs when the Imperial Guard battles the
X-Menat the command of then-Shi'ar Emperor D'Ken. ["Uncanny X-Men" # 107-108] Gladiator and several members of the Guard fight the X-Men once more when new Shi'ar Empress Lilandra Neramaniand Professor Charles Xavier arrange a trial by combat to decide the fate of the out of control Dark Phoenix. ["Uncanny X-Men" #137] Gladiator later aids the X-Men in battle against the renegade Imperial Guardsmen serving the traitorous Shi'ar, Lord Samedar. ["Uncanny X-Men" #155, 157]
Years later, Gladiator arrives on Earth and battles the
Fantastic Fourin the mistaken belief that they are Skrullshape-shifters. With the help of Spider-Manand Captain Americathe real Skrulls are exposed and captured. ["Fantastic Four" #249-250] Gladiator is also present at the intergalactic trial of Reed Richards for saving the life of Galactus. ["Fantastic Four" #261-262]
Deathbird, stages a successful coup and becomes the new majestrix of the Shi'ar Empire. Despite Gladiator's loyalty to Lilandra and his qualms about certain aspects of Deathbird's rule, he continues to serve the Shi'ar Empire in his role as a Praetor of the Imperial Guard. It is during this period that Gladiator encounters and battles the Spaceknight, Rom ["Rom Annual" #4] and later a rogue alien. ["Marvel Comics Presents" #49] Deathbird later commands the entire Imperial Guard to fight the combined forces of the Starjammersand Excalibur so that she can claim the power of the Phoenix Force for herself. When Deathbird is struck down by a returning Lilandra, Gladiator orders the Guard to retreat.issue
Gladiator later battles the X-Men on behalf of Deathbird, but both he and Deathbird are defeated by them. ["Uncanny X-Men" #275] He temporarily falls under the control of the Warskrull impersonating Charles Xavier, and battles Gambit and the other X-Men. ["Uncanny X-Men" #277]
Meeting the Marvels
Gladiator also encounters two Avengers during "." Gladiator defeats
Wonder Manbut is then beaten by the Eric MastersonThor. ["Thor" #445] Gladiator next appears alongside Beta Ray Bill; the Silver Surferand others in the war against Tyrant, who is finally driven off by Galactus. ["Silver Surfer" vol. 3, #79 - 81] It is soon after this that Gladiator defends Shi'ar space and defeats Hyperion and battles Supreme until deadlocked and both retreat. ["Gladiator/Supreme" #1 (1997)]
Lilandralater learns that many of Earth's heroes have sacrificed their lives to stop Onslaught, she dispatched eight members of the Imperial Guard — including Gladiator — to protect Earth. While on Earth, the Guard uncover a plot by a militant Kreefaction who want revenge for Earth's involvement in the Kree/Shi'ar war. The plot is foiled, but not before the Supreme Intelligenceis able to re-incorporate itself after supposedly being killed at the end of the war.
While on Earth, Gladiator also asks the X-Men to battle the alien menace known as the Phalanx on his behalf, and with the telepathic Guardsman Oracle find a fugitive from Shi'ar justice. This leads to a brief battle and defeat at the hands of the Hulk. ["Hulk" Annual 1997]
Gladiator and the Imperial Guard later return to active duty in Shi'ar space, and prevent an assassination attempt on Lilandra by
Ronan the Accuserand his unwilling pawns, the royal family of the Inhumans. ["The Inhumans" vol. 3, # 1- 4]
After his Empress Lilandra — under the mental control of Charles Xavier's mutant twin sister
Cassandra Nova— orders the destruction of all mutants on Earth, Gladiator leads the Guard in an assault on the X-Men's mansion home. Fortunately, the true threat is revealed and the Guard and the X-Men manage to defeat Nova and free Lilandra.
Gladiator returned to Earth under the command of Empress Lilandra in a mission to capture the Uni-Power and bring it back for evaluation. After an encounter with
Susan Richards, Gladiator invites the Uni-Power back to the Shi'ar Empire as their guest. Although the Uni-Power agrees, it is captured en route by Krosakis, an energy leeching warlord who forces the Uni-Power into his body to become Captain Universe. Gladiator attempts to stop Krosakis but fails, with the warlord finally beaten by the Silver Surfer.
Gladiator battled the true Thor at the request of
Zarrkothe Tomorrow Man but was overpowered. ["Thor" vol. 2, #34 - 35] He travels with the entire Guard to confront Vulcan, a mutant determined to destroy the Shi'ar Empire. Although Vulcan kills several members of the Guard, Gladiator manages to finally defeat him and delivers Vulcan to a Shi'ar prison facility.
Powers and abilities
Gladiator possesses a number of superhuman capabilities as a result of his unique alien physiology. He possesses superhuman strength, speed, stamina, durability, and reflexes, and is able to survive without breathing for an unrevealed period of time. The most powerful member of the Imperial Guard, Gladiator has performed feats such as lifting buildings; ["Fantastic Four" #249] staggering foes with heat vision said to burn hotter than the core of a sun, or freezing them in place with frost breath; ["Thor" vol. 2, #35] moving in space at hyper-speed and surviving supernovas. ["Fantastic Four" #249] He has been described as capable of ripping planets from their orbits, and collapsing stars with his bare hands. ["She-Hulk" vol.3 #7]
Reed Richardstheorized that Gladiator's powers were in part psionic, ["Fantastic Four" #250] that his abilities are linked in some way to his own self-confidence. It has also been discovered that Gladiator is vulnerable to some forms of radiation. ["Fantastic Four" vol. 1, #250; "Hulk" Annual 1997]
In one alternate future, Gladiator battles Thor, then aids the
Fantastic Fourand Avengers against the menace to the universe posed by Galactusand the Black Celestial. ["Fantastic Four" #339-341] The Gladiator of Earth-2149 (" Marvel Zombies") ["Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe: Alternate Universes" one-shot (Sep. 2006)] appears as one of the infected and joins the "cosmic" zombies, ["Marvel Zombies 2" #1 (2007)] but is later killed in battle with the surviving humans and renegade zombies. ["Marvel Zombies 2" #3 (2007)]
In other media
Gladiator appears in "" (1992-97).
Gladiator is featured in the video game "" (2006) as a villain, and is voiced by
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