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"My faith is in people, I guess. Individuals. And I’m happy to say for the most part, they haven’t let me down. Which is why I can’t let them down either. Locks can be replaced, but... maybe they shouldn’t."
Steve Rogers[src]

The Escape from the Raft was a liberation of former members of the Avengers from the underwater prison known as the Raft executed by Steve Rogers.

Background

"The rest of us aren't getting out of here."
"As much as I hate to admit it, if we're gonna win this one, some of us might have to lose it."
Sam Wilson and Clint Barton[src]
Following the Clash of the Avengers, Falcon, Hawkeye, Scarlet Witch and Ant-Man were taken to the Raft while Captain America and Winter Soldier headed to Siberia to track down Helmut Zemo. Iron Man visited the Raft to find out from Wilson where Rogers and Barnes had gone.[1]

Escape

"Told you he wouldn't leave us behind, Clint."
"Well ain't you a sight?"
"Sorry I couldn't make it here sooner."
"We'll try not to hold it against you."
Sam Wilson, Clint Barton and Steve Rogers[src]
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Steve Rogers helping his friends

After the Battle at the HYDRA Siberian Facility, Zemo was taken into custody and Rogers was forced to leave his shield behind, convinced by Stark that he didn't deserve it as he and Barnes walked away. Some time later, Rogers broke into the Raft, where he managed to neutralize the US Marshals and set Clint Barton, Scott Lang, Sam Wilson and Wanda Maximoff free.[1]

Aftermath

"Thank you, Captain. Pretty sure this guy's a war criminal now – well, whatever. I have to show you this video; it's required by the state."
Wilson[src]
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Tony Stark reading Steve Roger's letter.

Meanwhile, Tony Stark received a package containing a cell phone and a letter from Steve Rogers, who apologized for keeping the truth from him and informed him that he will be just a phone call away.

Secretary of State Thaddeus Ross then contacted Stark and asked him to bring in his renegade comrades. Stark, however, ended the call by pretending to be busy, apparently decided to let them escape.[1]

After escaping, Barton decided to retire once again and returned home to his family, as Scott Lang returned home to his daughter. Maximoff had joined Vision where they went to Europe and began their life together. Wilson decided to stick with Rogers.[4]

Rogers and Bucky Barnes then made their way to Wakanda, where T'Challa granted them asylum and promised to watch over Barnes, who chose to remain in cryogenic stasis until his mind could be cleansed of the mental programming.[5]. Later Rogers along with Wilson joined Romanoff (who is now on the run for helping Rogers) in stopping terrorists who were using Chitauri and other alien technology for committing mass destruction, without attracting any public attention. [4]

News regarding Rogers' actions during the Avengers Civil War as well as his infiltration into the Raft had him publicly declared as a war criminal.[6]

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