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Marvel Studios concept artist reveals the origins of Korg's best friend, Miek, from Thor: Ragnarok

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Jul 31, 2018

One of the breakout characters (and there are many) in Thor: Ragnarok has no speaking lines whatsoever, unless you count clicking one's mandibles as speaking. Yep, we're talking about Miek, the insectoid alien in battle armor who fights for the Grandmaster on Sakaar. He's also the best friend of Korg, the Kronan, a hilariously outspoken rock alien/revolutionary who was motion-captured and voiced by Ragnarok director Taika Waititi

Posting some of his concept art for Miek online, freelance concept artist Tully Summers explained how his design got picked to play a memorable role in the finished film.

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Credit: Tully Summers

"I originally designed this character as a background gladiator," he wrote. "I was exploring how someone not really suited for combat could hold their own in the arena, and came up with a bladed mech suit for a caterpillar. They liked the concept enough to pick him as Miek, Korg's buddy."

The character known as Miek does have roots in the comics, first appearing in the popular "Planet Hulk" storyline of 2006. As a native of Sakaar, he sought revenge for the death of his father and even struck up a relationship with the Brood, a belligerent species of parasitic/insectoid aliens. His comic book form resembling a bipedal beetle or cockroach, Miek went to Earth with Hulk, intending to destroy the planet, but eventually fell into the custody of S.H.I.E.L.D., which place him in Prison 42 (aka Wonderland), a Negative Zone-based jail established during the events of the first Marvel Civil War.

In the MCU, Miek is nowhere near as aggressive as he is in the comics. With a face looking like that of a larval grub, he is willing to help those in need, taking part in the gladiator rebellion on Sakaar and then the charge against Hela and her undead soldiers on Asgard at the climax of Thor: Ragnarok

Korg seemingly crushes his friend to death, carrying around his lifeless corpse, but, by the end, Miek thankfully twitches back to life, just before Thanos' ship closes in on the Asgardian vessel. And while we're happy that Miek wasn't dead, the real question is, what the hell happened to him and Korg during the events of Infinity War?!

Check out the media gallery below for a look at more Miek designs! (Photos courtesy of Tully Summers.)