Triskelion (comics)

Notable locations Washington D.C.
Notable characters S.H.I.E.L.D.
First appearance Ultimates #2 (April, 2002)
Publisher Marvel Comics

The Triskelion is a fictional building used by S.H.I.E.L.D. in Marvel Comics.

Fictional history

In the Ultimate Marvel universe, the Triskelion is the island headquarters of S.H.I.E.L.D. and formerly inhabited by the Ultimates. The Triskelion's architectural design was planned and layout by architect Frank Gehry. The Triskelion was originally designed by British architect Norman Foster and planned to have mobility like the Helicarrier, but never came to be due to monetary problems. The Triskelion was partially, but significantly, destroyed by the Liberators when its super-soldiers pushed and scuttled the S.H.I.E.L.D. Helicarrier onto the facility, which the Scarlet Witch (who was present in Nick Fury's office) used her powers in saving only the first three floors of the building and everyone within them.[1]

While in the process of repair, the Triskelion later experienced a massive prison break caused by the Green Goblin where he gathered Doctor Octopus, Electro, Sandman, and Kraven the Hunter to form the Ultimate Six.[2]

During the Ultimatum storyline, the Triskelion was attacked by suicide-bomber duplicates of Multiple Man until Hank Pym sacrificed himself in stopping the clones. Shortly following the events of Ultimatum, the Triskelion was undergoing another stage of repairs and became the headquarters of the Ultimates' replacements, the Avengers.

During the Avengers' tenure, the Triskelion was attacked by vampires, in which the subsequent battle resulted with the entire facility being teleported to the middle of a desert in Iran. The presence of the Triskelion caused some vocal concerns from the Iranian government, in which S.H.I.E.L.D. temporarily relocated their headquarters to Stark Industries. With help from the European Defense Initiative, S.H.I.E.L.D. was trying to find a way to return the Triskelion back to New York City.

This Triskelion was finally left to the new pro-American, Iranian government after powered rebels had taken down the former rulers, as the way to threaten Russia, China, and the Arabic nations authorities.[3]

A new Triskelion was built in New York, and in other countries, such as one in Bangkok in SEAR (South East Asian Republic, another newly established superhuman-run state).[4]

The Triskelion in New York City was destroyed when Hulk escaped custody along with Reed Richards, but was rebuilt into a flying fortress using technology from Richards' Aleph-One.[5][6]

During the Secret Wars storyline, the Triskelion is destroyed when Hulk's Doc Green form used the Fastball Special with Colossus during the incursion between Earth-616 and Earth-1610.[7]

Other versions


As part of the All-New, All-Different Marvel event, the Earth-616 version of the Triskelion debuts. It is located off the coast of Manhattan. Each of the Triskelion's three wings serve a different purpose where each of them radiate from the central hub. The first wing is the home of the ground crew for the Alpha Flight Space Program. The second wing acts like the Wakandan Embassy. The third wing is the headquarters of the Earth-616 version of the Ultimates.[8] In Civil War II # 2, it is revealed as also hosting a contingent of S.H.I.E.L.D. personnel, including a medical emergency team.

In other media

The Trisekelion as depicted in Captain America: The Winter Soldier.

Marvel Cinematic Universe

The Triskelion is featured in the Marvel Cinematic Universe:


Video games


  1. Ultimates Vol. 2 #9
  2. Ultimate Six #1
  3. Ultimate Avengers vs. New Ultimates #6
  4. Ultimate Comics Hawkeye #1
  5. Ultimate Comics Ultimates #25
  6. Cataclysm: The Ultimates Last Stand #1
  7. Secret Wars #1
  8. Ultimates Vol. 2 #1
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