Marvel is the District 1 male tribute in the 74th Hunger Games. Highly skilled with spears, Marvel is one of the deadliest tributes in the arena.

The Definitive Glossary for The Hunger Games

Marvel is killed by Katniss after he traps her ally, Rue, and shoots her with a spear. Katniss does not find out his name until the Victory Tour in Catching Fire when she visits District 1. She tries not to look Marvel’s family in the eye, having taken the lives of both him and his district partner, Glimmer, during the Games.

Marvel Character Profile

  • Name: Marvel
  • Age: 17
  • Gender: Male
  • Place of origin: District 1
  • Physical appearance: Fair-skinned with green eyes and short, light-brown hair
  • Height: 6′ 3″
  • Skills: Javelin and net (book), kukri and throwing ax (movie)
  • Strengths: Physically strong, ruthless, skilled at fighting from a distance
  • Weaknesses: Arrogance, not skilled at close combat
  • Loyalties: Most likely a supporter of the Capitol

Physical Description and Personality

Hailing from District 1, Marvel is better fed than the rest of the tributes. Thus, he is well built, although he is described as being tall and skinny rather than muscular like other tributes from his district. He has light brown hair and green eyes. In the movie, he is the second tallest tribute at 6′ 3″ after Thresh, who stood tallest at 6′ 11″.

Marvel takes a humorous approach in his interview with Caesar Flickerman. However, he shows his true colors in the arena, brutally killing at least two tributes in the bloodbath, and later in the Games, Rue.

Katniss describes Marvel as being “arrogant” after finding only a pack of dried fruit on him upon his death. She believes that Marvel was overly confident that he would return to the Cornucopia unscathed, where he had a bounty of supplies to go back to.

Early Life and Training

Marvel comes from one of the wealthiest districts in Panem, i.e., District 1. As such, he had the liberty to specially train for the Games, until he volunteered for the 74th Hunger Games at the reaping ceremony. He was one of the strongest tributes in the Games, with the odds of his victory being the same as Clove’s. This made him the third strongest tribute in the Career Pack (after Clove and Cato).

The 74th Hunger Games

Marvel volunteers for the 74th Hunger Games as the male tribute from District 1. During the Tribute Parade, he and his district partner, Glimmer, spray-painted their body silver and wore sheer silver tunics. In the film, however, the duo wore grandiose fuschia outfits with feathers to represent their district’s main industry: luxurious goods.

During the training session, Marvel revealed himself to be extremely skilled with the spear. He was also highly arrogant, even looking at Peeta Mellark as a “meal” until Peeta revealed his true strength (by lifting and throwing a 100-pound metal ball). Marvel received a 9 in his private training session with the Gamemakers, one of the highest training scores anyone received that year.

Marvel wore a blue suit to his interview with Caesar. He took on a comedic angle to win over the sponsors.

Marvel kills at least two tributes in the Cornucopia Bloodbath. Katniss does not notice his doings in the books. However, the films show him running to the Cornucopia for a kukri, slashing the District 8 male’s throat, and stabbing him with it several times. He also chases the District 7 female and kills her by striking her with a spear.

Career Alliance

Marvel was a part of the Career Pack, which included Cato, Clove, Glimmer, the District 3 male, the District 4 female, and Peeta Mellark. The Career Pack took control of the Cornucopia and all of its supplies until Katniss blew up the supplies with the help of Rue.

The Career Pack was determined to find Katniss and kill her. They chase her up a tree, where she plots with Rue to land a nest of tracker jackers on the Careers while they are sleeping. Marvel escapes with a few tracker jacker stings.

Marvel’s Death

Katniss plans to blow up the Careers’ supplies at the Cornucopia with Rue. The plan was for Rue to act as a decoy by lighting three fires in different locations to lure the Careers away from the Cornucopia. Katniss’ strategy is a success. However, Rue only managed to light one fire instead of 3. On the way to light the second fire, she gets caught in a trap laid by Marvel.

While Rue screams out for help, Marvel throws a javelin at her, which spears her abdomen. Katniss witnesses this and shoots an arrow at Marvel’s neck. Marvel pulls out the arrow, losing a great amount of blood in the process. He dies as a result.


Who kills Marvel in The Hunger Games?

Katniss kills the Career tribute Marvel in the 74th Hunger Games, in retribution for him killing her friend and ally, Rue. Katniss shoots him in the chest with her bow and arrow.

Did Marvel volunteer for the Hunger Games?

Yes, Marvel, the male tribute from District 1 volunteered for the 74th Hunger Games at the age of 17. Much like the other tributes from Career districts, Marvel spent all his life training for the Games.

Who is Katniss Everdeen in Marvel?

Katniss Everdeen is not a character from the Marvel Cinematic Universe. She is the protagonist of the Hunger Games trilogy.

Was there a 76th Hunger Games?

No, there was never a 76th Hunger Games. At the end of Mockingjay, the rebels voted on whether there would be a final Hunger Games or not, played with the children of the Capitol. Though the vote was in favor of having the 76th Hunger Games, President Coin’s death (at the hands of Katniss) put an end to the idea.

Who won the 73rd Hunger Games?

The 73rd Hunger Games was won by the male tribute from District 2, Wade Rankin. He was 16 years old at the time of his victory.

Where are the Hunger Games movies filmed?

The Hunger Games movies by Lionsgate Entertainment were mostly filmed in the western part of North Carolina. Most of the filming locations lay between Asheville and Charlotte.

Who plays Katniss, Marvel, and Rue in the Hunger Games movies?

Katniss is played by Jennifer Lawrence, while Marvel and Rue are played by actor Jack Quaid and actress Amandla Stenberg. The main characters, Peeta Mellark and Gale Hawthorne are played by Josh Hutcherson and Liam Hemsworth.

Is Katniss in The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes?

No, Katniss is not in The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes. Set in the post-war Capitol, this novel is a prequel in the Hunger Games Franchise. Taking place more than 60 years before the first Hunger Games novel, the prequel features Lucy Gray Baird as the female tribute from District 12, with her co-tribute Jessup and her mentor, Coriolanus Snow.

Is there a Ballad of the Songbirds and Snakes film?

Yes, there is. Actress Lilly Cooper has been cast as Arachne Crane, while Luna Steeples has been cast as Dill in the movie.

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