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Quote1 Ah, not The Raft, Mr. Mayor. From this point on, it shall be called... Spider-Island... Two. Quote2
-- Spider-Man src


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The Raft

The Raft was a prison for various super-powered criminals located near Ryker's Island, NY.

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 were released.

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.

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". Ultimately, the Raft was destroyed when the Goblin Nation attacked it, forcing Spider-Man to escape.[1]

Alternate realities

Marvel Animated Universe (Earth-8096)

The Raft (Earth-80920)

The Raft

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.[2]

Marvel Disk Wars (Earth-TRN413)

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.[3]

Points of Interest

Thunderbolts Tower, Courtyard, Women's Mess Hall, Men's Mess Hall


Current Staff

None; Destroyed.

Former Staff

Melvey (Earth-616)

Agent Melvey

Current Prisoners

None; Destroyed.

Former Prisoners

Marvel Animated Universe (Earth-8096)

Former Prisoners


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