Published November 7, 2018

Kraven the Hunter Duels Doctor Octopus in the Marvel Battle Royale

Vote for the Marvel Comics editors' picks in the latest round of the tournament!

16 characters. 16 Marvel Comics editors. 1 winner.

It's the Marvel Battle Royale 2018!

Battle Royale

We asked each member of the Marvel Comics editorial staff to select their own champions to enter the Battle Royale. And in reverse order of seniority at the House of Ideas, they chose! Assistant Editor Lauren Amaro started working at Marvel HQ six months ago, so she chose first, and Senior Vice President/Executive Editor Tom Brevoort has been a member of the editorial staff for decades, so he chose last!

Yesterday, Squirrel Girl faced Deadpool, and the winner was...

Marvel Battle Royale 2018 Deadpool Wins Round 1

Today, the matchup is between Assistant Editor Tom Groneman's gold-hopeful and Editor Nick Lowe's long-limbed legend...

Battle Royale

Not only did the editors nominate their own gladiators, they've also laid out exactly why you should be on their side! Here's what Tom (Assistant Editor in the Star Wars office) had to say about his nominee...

Kraven the Hunter!

"Kraven the Hunter is after the greatest and most dangerous of game—an octopus is barely worth the time it would take to squeeze on his lion-face vest. The only thing Otto Octavius would be devoting his 'superior' intellect to in this battle would be in discovering a way to escape it, much like the spineless and cowardly octopi fleeing in oh so many YouTube videos. Kraven might even take the time to not only defeat Otto in battle but learn everything about him, capture him, feast on a horde of octopus while naked, and then become a better Doctor Octopus than Otto ever was just to prove a point. The point being: Kraven is superior."

And here's the throwdown from Nick (Editor in the Spidey office) on behalf of...

Doctor Octopus!

"Kraven the Hunter would absolutely defeat Doctor Octopus…in a battle of chest hair. Though I know Otto, in his new body, has something in the works for that eventuality. Let’s cut to the chase—Otto Octavius with or without the time to prepare would make mincemeat out of Kraven the Hunter with his superior intellect alone. When you add his new body with super strength, speed, agility and his ability to stick to walls (much like an Octopus)? It’s not even a contest. While Kraven is sharpening his daggers and spears and nipples, Otto has already put into motion 14 plans to destroy him and has moved on to plan the demise of his next combatant. Oh, and he developed prehensile chest hair to win that competition, too."

Boom. Cast your vote below right now!

The Marvel Battle Royale 2018 will take place every day throughout the month of November! Stay tuned to and @Marvel for tomorrow's match as Kraven the Hunter faces Doctor Octopus!