Located in Colorado Rocky Mountains, the Vault is an immense maximum security facility designed to hold for superhuman criminals and a specialized wing for extraterrestrial prisoners.[1]

Death Trap

The superhuman hating Truman Marsh became the ruthless warden of the Vault. However the Vault direct line from the White House to the Vault would allow the President of the United States to detonate the facility if there was ever a breakout. Marsh however, tapped into that line, allowing him the ability to detonate the Vault on his own terms. Marsh was also running illegal experiments on the inmates. An accident with low-level psychic Mentallo increased his powers which allowed him to contact Venom in the next cell over, and they worked out an escape plan. Mentallo pretended to still be in pain from the experiment, but when one of the Guardsmen came to investigate, he forced him to open Venom's cell before knocking him out with a psychic attack. It was during the commotion that Electro was freed and he began freeing other inmates. Some of the inmates make it out of the Vault but were they rounded up by the Avengers and Freedom Force. Venom began threatening Marsh to release him or he would begin killing the guards. Marsh started the timer on the bomb, but when he realized this this was premature he tried to deactivate it but couldn't. He decided to destroy the wiring so it could not be stopped and then tried to leave via a secret elevator, but was attacked by Venom. Marsh detonated the elevator and caused adamantium plates to seal the shaft. However, Marsh escaped away to rig up the nuclear reactor to explode. Venom followed him and killed him, but the reactor was in meltdown. It was stopped by Iron Man and Radioactive Man.[2]


After a endless series of riots and escapes over the years, the Vault was finally closed.[3] The Commission on Superhuman Activities adopted a new strategy of housing super-powered offenders in a series of specially prepared prisons around the country instead of one central location.[4]

Alternate Realities

Mutant X (Earth-1298)

Vault (Earth-1298)

Colorado Rocky Mountain Base

Henry Gyrich served as the warden of the Vault. The Vault housed the containment unit of Dracula until it was stolen by The Marauders. It's also the base from which Larry Trask controlled his Sentinels.[5]

The Avengers: Earth's Mightiest Heroes (Earth-8096)

The Vault (Earth-80920)

The Vault

The Vault 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 Raft. The Vault was designed by Tony Stark to house tech-based criminals and their gear.[6][7] When the prisoners escaped, the Vault was destroyed by Iron Man.

The Spectacular Spider-Man (Earth-26496)

The Vault acts as a specialized and secret portion of Ryker's Island designed for superpowered inmates.[8]

Super Heroes Squad Show (Earth-91119)

Vault (Earth-91119) 01

The Vault

The Vault is a high security prison and S.H.I.E.L.D. base located just outside of Super Hero City. The Vault also served as a repository for fractals of the Infinity Sword obtained by the Super Hero Squad.

Incredible Hulk: Ultimate Destruction (Earth-TRN009)

In this reality, the Vault is a high-tech prison that run by the military and used to hold Gamma Mutates. It was guarded by mechs called Combat Wardens. When Emil Blonsky was placed in charged of it, he had new areas constructed so only he knew the full layout. He also requisitioned much of the Vault so only he had access to those areas, much to the ire of Gen. Thunderbolt Ross. Blonsky kept a secret project hidden in the off-limits area of the Vault known only as "Mission Directive."

When Bruce Banner was captured following a confrontation with Ross, Blonsky experimented on Banner to find out the secret of his transformation into the Hulk. However, Banner transformed into the Hulk and chased after Blonsky. After vanquishing a Capture Warden, Hulk cornered Blonsky after he run into a dead-end. That was when Blonsky revealed his ability to transform into the Abomination and fought off Hulk. He threatened Hulk before escaping. Hulk then escaped as well. With Vault badly damaged by the Hulk, the military was forced to kill all the Gamma-mutated prisoners.

Blonsky later returned and broke into the Vault to retrieve "Mission Directive." Banner, as the Hulk, chased after him and discovered that "Mission Directive" was actually Blonsky's dying wife Nadia. She had been mutated by Gamma Rays in an botched attempt by Blonksy to treat his wife's ovarian cancer. When Banner tried to reason with Blonksy, Blonsky, driven made by his mutation, blamed Banner and his experiments for his wife's death and swore to make Banner pay. He then escaped the Vault with the Hulk in hot pursuit.[9]


Mainstream Universe (Earth-616)


Former Prisoners

The Avengers: Earth's Mightiest Heroes (Earth-8096)




Former Prisoners

The Spectacular Spider-Man (Earth-26496)



Marvel Cinematic Universe (Earth-199999)

Former Residents

The Amazing Spider-Man (Earth-120703)

Former Residents

Incredible Hulk: Ultimate Destruction (Earth-TRN008)




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