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Quote1 Stark Island. Formerly Alcatraz. I guess it's fitting that Tony chose the former home to criminals for his new base of operations. Because he's holding the entire city ransom. Quote2
-- Daredevil src



Californian island prison, operational 1859-1936.

20th Century

With the number of costumed and super-powered criminals coming to the fore in the late 20th century a number of them were incarcerated at Alcatraz. In 1941, it was where Human Torch foe the Parrot was incarcerated until he escaped and was subsequently slain by his foe[1]. It was also where Nazi assassin the Python was incarcerated before he was broken out of prison on orders from Hitler himself. The Human Torch, Toro and Sub-Mariner attempted to stop the escape, but failed. They eventually slew the Python in New York City.[2]

Modern Age

When the X-Men relocated to San Francisco, Cyclops briefly used Alcatraz Island to meet secretly with the members of X-Force.[3]

Alcatraz Island from Uncanny X-Men Vol 1 513 01

Alcatraz serving as H.A.M.M.E.R. West

Alcatraz Island later served as H.A.M.M.E.R. West for Norman Osborn's Dark Avengers and Dark X-Men.[4][5] The island housed Omega Machine and the served as a detention center for captured mutants. Their ambiant power was also used to fuel the Omega Machine and Weapon Omega. Dark Beast also experimented on his mutant prisoners.[4]

Alcatraz Island from X-Force Vol 3 12 0001

During the aftermath of Osborn's war with the X-Men, Cyclops ordered Gambit to covertly infiltrate the base destroy the Omega Machine.[6]

After the World War Hate, Tony Stark moved to San Francisco, and made of Alcatraz his new headquarters: Stark Island.[7][8]

Alternate Realities

X-Men Cinematic Universe (Earth-10005)

Alcatraz Island

The Golden Gate Bridge moved by Magneto to act as passage to Alcatraz

Alcatraz island acted as headquarters and lead research laboratory of Worthington Industries. Its was here that Warren Worthington II and Dr. Kavita Rao synthesized The Mutant Cure from Leech.[9]

When Magneto was leading his Brotherhood of Mutants to overtaken Alcatraz and destroy The Cure, he moved the entire Golden Gate Bridge as passage to for his army. It was here that the X-Men had their last stand against Phoenix and the Brotherhood.[9]

Age of X (Earth-11326)

Alcatraz Island (Earth-11326)

Arcade's mutant prison

Alcatraz island was a prison for dangerous mutants. Governor Harcourt Teesdale (AKA Arcade) served as the director-governor. He created mutant-themed attractions to tortures and punish prisoners. A mutant named the Basilisk was used as an unwilling executioner for years until we was able to escaped, murder Arcade, and free the mutants imprisoned there.[10]


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