Art by Carlo Pagulayan.
|First appearance||Incredible Hulk vol. 2 #92, (April 2006)|
|Place of origin||Sakaar|
|Notable aliases||Lieutenant, Caiera the Oldstrong|
|Abilities||superhuman strength, limited invulnerability|
Caiera is a fictional character in the Marvel Comics Universe, introduced during the "Planet Hulk" storyline. She first appeared in Incredible Hulk vol. 2 #92 (April 2006), and was created by Greg Pak and Carlo Pagulayan.
Fictional character biography
Caiera was born on Sakaar to a tribe of Shadow People, the creators of the Old Power. She was raised by the priests to be a shadow warrior. When she was thirteen, her village was attacked by alien "spikes" that caused the other villagers to mutate into monsters. Caiera, the only survivor, was rescued by the Red Prince.
When the Red Prince becomes the Red King, Caiera is his loyal lieutenant. When the Hulk arrives on Sakaar and gains public support as a gladiator, she protects the Red King from him. After a failed attempt to ruin his popularity, the Hulk and his Warbound escape.
Caiera is sent to kill the Hulk, but they encounter spikes during their battle. The Red King reveals he controls the spikes, devastating her. She turns against the Red King and aids the Hulk in a coup. Hulk becomes the Green King, and he marries Caiera (Even transforming back into Bruce Banner so that she can meet all of him). She becomes pregnant, but dies in an explosion before giving birth. Hulk returned to earth to avenge her death in the World War Hulk.
Powers and abilities
Caiera possessed abilities that were derived from the planet itself, she could transform her body into stone and become incredibly resistant and strong, to an extent that she battled the Hulk to a standstill whereas his own strength and fighting skills since had already dramatically increased. She also was an expert fighter and tactician.
A special issue of the series What If? examined what would have happened if Caiera had survived the explosion instead of Hulk.
Angered at the loss of her husband, Caiera takes the entirety of her planet's energies into herself, vastly increasing her power. She then goes to Earth to avenge his death. She kills the Illuminati and enslaves Earth.
In other media
Caiera appears in the animated direct-to-video film Planet Hulk, voiced by Lisa Ann Beley. She was not kidnapped by the Red King, but instead follows him loyally as he saved her life from the Spikes that destroyed her village and her family. However, it later turns out that the Red King was the one who created the Spikes, thus he is responsible for destroying Caiera's village and killing her people. Once the truth is revealed, Caiera angrily severs her loyalty to the Red King and aids the Hulk and the Warbound into defeating him. Caiera then plants a Spike bug on the Red King, leaving him to be killed by his Death Guard robots (as part of their programming to kill any Spike infestation) as revenge for her tragedy. She then goes on to becoming the Queen Consort to Hulk, who accepts his new role as the new King of Sakaar.
- Incredible Hulk vol. 2 #104
- Incredible Hulk vol. 2 #105
- World War Hulk #1-5
- Skaar: Son of Hulk # 8
- Skaar: Son of Hulk # 10
- James Harvey (December 25, 2009). "Animated "Planet Hulk" Cast And Crew Details, "Hulk Versus" 2009 Year-End Sales". Marvel Animation Age. Retrieved September 8, 2010.
- Caiera at the Marvel Universe wiki