Marvel reveals a Raiders of the Lost Ark-style vault perfect for storing superheroic artifacts and deadly weapons in the pages of Damage Control #5.
The following contains spoilers for Damage Control #5, on sale now from Marvel.
Damage Control #5 reveals that in the basement of the Marvel universe’s premiere organization for clearing up superhero messes is a vault right out of Raiders of the Lost Ark.
The Deep Storage Vault is revealed to Damage Control’s goofy protagonist Gus in the issue’s opening pages. According to Gus’ supervisor Bart, the basement contains everything from Tony Stark’s old Iron Man suits, unabridged copies of the Darkhold, the Muramasa Blade and Thor’s often-forgotten battle ax. In another nod to Indiana Jones’ adventures, Gus immediately jokes that the Ark of the Covenant has to be located in the vault as well. This causes Bart to freak out and demand, “Who told you about the Ark?! I need names!”
Damage Control has focused on Gus’ experiences trying to fit into a wild corporate setting that regularly deals with superheroes. Thus far, the parodic series has featured everything from Nightcrawler working in a mail room to a gross new symbiote named Urinal Cake. Damage Control #5 continues these shenanigans by showing Gus diving into the vault and uncovering not only the head of Jocasta Pym, but also Machine Man and several Sentinels, who quickly proceed to wreak havoc.
The Secrets Of Hangar 51
The vault referenced in Damage Control #5 is based on the facility glimpsed in the iconic ending of 1981’s Raiders of the Lost Ark, the first film to feature Indiana Jones. Dubbed Hangar 51 in an obvious reference to Area 51, the facility was a secret holding area full of dangerous artifacts that the US government preferred to hide away and forget. Hangar 51 was featured once again in 2008’s Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull, which established it as located in the deserts of Nevada. Aside from housing the Ark of the Covenant, the hangar also held the UFO and alien remains that made up the crux of Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull‘s plot.
Damage Control #5 is written by Adam F. Goldberg & Hans Rodionoff, illustrated by Nathan Stockman, colored by Ruth Redmond and lettered by VC’s Clayton Cowles. The issue features cover art by Patch Zircher & Brian Reber and is on sale now from Marvel.