The Raft


Various super criminals
First Appearance
Alias #26 (November, 2003)
Brian Michael Bendis, Michael Gaydos
Points of Interest
The former prison
Spider-Island Two

The Raft is a prison for particularly dangerous criminals (super-villains, especially) in the Marvel Universe, located in New York City.

History[edit | edit source]

When and how the the Raft built remains largely unknown, save that at some point it was built near Riker's Island with the specific purpose of holding super-powered criminals.  The Raft was successful at holding some of the most dangerous criminals until the villain Electro was hired to cause a mass prison break and release the villains within.  During the riot, various superheroes teamed up to help fight back the break out, which caused the formation of a new Avengers team following the dissolving of the team some time before. Though the heroes quelled the break out, 46 major supervillains had escaped.

Following this event, the Raft was renovated and to improve security, a special bio-energy dampening field was placed around the prison that would prevent superhumans from using their abilities in the prison walls.

Media[edit | edit source]

The Raft appears as a level in Lego Marvel Super Heroes. It is broken into by Sabretooth and Mystique starting a prison riot and free Magneto. The riot is contained by Iron Man, Hulk and Wolverine, and Sabretooth is captured but Magneto and Mystique escape.

In the Marvel Cinematic Universe, the Raft is located in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean.

  • In the 2016 film Captain America: Civil War, the Raft is first seen with Thaddeus Ross as a warden. Sam Wilson, Wanda Maximoff, Clint Barton and Scott Lang are held in the prison after helping Steve Rogers and the Winter Soldier evade capture in violation of the Sokovia Accords, and the prisoners are subsequently broken out at the end of the film.
  • The Raft was mentioned in Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.: Slingshot by Jeffrey Mace in the episode "John Hancock". In Jessica Jones, Jessica Jones talks about the Raft in the season two episode "AKA Ain't We Got Fun" while season three makes repeated references to the prison such as Willis Stryker and Patricia "Trish" Walker being sentenced to the place.

The Raft appears in the 2018 video game Spider-Man. Electro, Kingpin, Rhino, Scorpion, Vulture and later Mister Negative are shown as prisoners, they are later broken out by Doctor Octopus and they all defeat Spider-Man when trying to prevent the breakout.

The Raft appears in Marvel Ultimate Alliance 3: The Black Order when Green Goblin attacks the place.

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