For the vehicle named Life Raft, see Future Foundation's Life Raft.


The Raft

The Raft was a super maximum security prison for super-powered criminals located near Ryker's Island, NY. It was run and operated by S.H.I.E.L.D.[1]

Zebediah Killgrave (AKA the Purple Man) was locked away in the Raft in a specialized cell.[2] Some time later, Jessica Jones traveled to The Raft and met with Clay Quartermain, who escorted her through the prison to Killgrave's holding cell.[3] She questioned him about the many murders he was never charged with, but he refused to provide information and she gave up. Later that night Killgrave escaped from his cell, he went after Jessica who beat him and watched as he was arrested and returned to the raft.[4]

At some point, Electro, hired by a Skrull disguised as Elektra, instituted a mass prison break. Fortunately, Matt Murdock, Luke Cage and Jessica Drew were there to control the situation, along with Spider-Man (who arrived there hanging from a helicopter), Iron Man and Captain America. Although the efforts of the heroes were extraordinary, at least forty-six super-villains escaped.[5]

Months later the Raft was renovated, being upgraded with a bio-energy dampening field surrounding the prison to suppress superpowers. Especially powerful inmates have inhibitors implanted on their spines. The waters around the island in a half-mile radius are infested with jellyfish that possess a powerful nerve-toxin. The courtyard is protected by a force field and thirty ray-guns coordinated by a targeting computer. All guards wear light armor with obscured faces developed by Mach-V and carry electroshock weapons that only work when operated by a specific guard. The United States' Thunderbolts program is also run from this location, allowing super-criminals to reduce their sentences by joining the state-sponsored crime-fighting team.[6]

Spider-Island Two

Raft from Superior Spider-Man Vol 1 22 001

After a prison riot lead by the Spider-Slayer was put to rest, Spider-Man managed to blackmail J. Jonah Jameson into giving him ownership of the Raft for the purpose of making the former prison his own personal headquarters and renaming it "Spider-Island Two".[7] Ultimately, the Raft was destroyed when the Goblin Nation attacked it, forcing Spider-Man to escape.[8]


The complex was rebuilt and rebranded The Raft. It held criminals such as Tombstone.[9]

Alternate Reality Versions

Marvel's Spider-Man (Earth-1048)

Raft on Marvel's Spider-Man (video game) 0001

The Raft is a maximum security prison located on the East River, where Roosevelt Island would be. Just as its Marvel Cinematic Universe counterpart, it was specially designed to hold enhanced and superhuman detainees. The facility was severely damaged when Doctor Octopus released five of the most feared villains who were detained at the location, and sent them to destroy Manhattan.[10]

Marvel Animated Universe (Earth-8096)

The Raft (Earth-80920)

The Raft is one of four specialized, high security prisons maintained by S.H.I.E.L.D. along with The Big House, The Cube, and The Vault. The Raft was the place where only prisoners too dangerous for the other S.H.I.E.L.D. prisons. The Raft complex is actually deep underwater at the bottom of the ocean, with a garbage scow at the surface as cover.[11]

Marvel Cinematic Universe (Earth-199999)

Raft (Earth-199999) from Captain America Civil War 001

The Raft is a ultra-maximum-security prison specially designed to hold enhanced and superhuman detainees. The facility is fully submersible, located in an undisclosed under the supervision of Secretary Ross. After their arrest in Germany for assisting Captain America and the Winter Soldier; Hawkeye, Falcon, Ant-Man, and the Scarlet Witch were imprisoned there. They were later broken out by Steve Rogers after his altercation with Iron Man, and were given sanctuary in Wakanda by King T'Challa.[12]

Marvel Disk Wars: The Avengers (Earth-14042)

In this reality, the Raft is used to detain the worlds most dangerous supervillains. It was also here that Tony Stark demonstrated his latest invention: the DISKs. Unfortunately, Loki and his henchmen, the Celebrity Five, attacked the Raft and released the prisoners, starting a massive riot.[13]

After the riot was over and all villains had either been captured in DISKs or escaped, the Raft was abandoned until Red Skull send Abomination and a group of Hydra agents to the ruins of the prison to set up one of the 5 Gaia Anchors with which he intended to destroy the world.[14] Ed and Hulk were send to the Raft to destroy this Anchor, which they succeeded in doing with help from Power Man and the Celebrity Five (who had forcefully been drafted into Hydra and wanted to see Red Skull fail).[14]

Marvel Avengers Academy (Earth-TRN562)

Raft from Marvel Avengers Academy 001

The Raft was under construction just outside of Avengers Academy. Nick Fury claimed it was designed to punish academy students who refused to train and study.[15]

Points of Interest



Current Prisoners

Former Staff

Melvey (Earth-616) from New Avengers Vol 1 1 001

Agent Melvey

Former Prisoners

Marvel's Spider-Man (video game) (Earth-1048)

Current Prisoners

Former Prisoners

Marvel Animated Universe (Earth-8096)

Former Prisoners

Marvel Cinematic Universe (Earth-199999)

Current Prisoners

Former Prisoners


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