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- 1 History
- 1.1 Jim Morita's Birth
- 1.2 World War II
- 1.3 Agent Carter's Reassignment
- 1.3.1 Daniel Sousa's Promotion
- 1.3.2 Peggy Carter's Arrival
- 1.3.3 Kidnapping of Jason Wilkes
- 1.3.4 Chase for Zero Matter
- 1.3.5 Investigating the Council of Nine
- 1.3.6 Kidnapping of Rufus Hunt
- 1.3.7 Whitney Frost's Power
- 1.3.8 Dottie Underwood's Mission
- 1.3.9 Edwin Jarvis' Revenge
- 1.3.10 Ambush of Whitney Frost
- 1.3.11 Destruction of the Zero Matter Rift
- 1.3.12 Peggy Carter's Vacation Time
- 1.4 Assassination of Daniel Sousa
- 1.5 Deportation of Anton Vanko
- 1.6 Assassination of N'Jobu
- 1.7 Kree-Skrull War
- 1.8 Retrieval Operation
- 1.9 Birth of Iron Man
- 1.9.1 Design of Tony Stark's Mansion
- 1.9.2 One-Night Stands
- 1.9.3 National Security Threats
- 1.9.4 Return of Tony Stark
- 1.9.5 Development of Iron Man
- 1.9.6 Amending Past Mistakes
- 1.9.7 Unidentified Flying Object
- 1.9.8 Uncovering Obadiah Stane
- 1.9.9 Duel of Los Angeles
- 1.9.10 Nick Fury, Director of S.H.I.E.L.D.
- 1.10 S.H.I.E.L.D. Missions
- 1.11 Tony Stark's Struggle
- 1.11.1 Palladium Poisoning
- 1.11.2 Natalie Rushman
- 1.11.3 Justin Hammer's Eccentricities
- 1.11.4 Birthday Party
- 1.11.5 Birth of War Machine
- 1.11.6 S.H.I.E.L.D. Issue
- 1.11.7 Howard Stark's Legacy
- 1.11.8 Stark Industries New CEO
- 1.11.9 Atmospheric Disturbances
- 1.11.10 Tony Stark's New Element
- 1.11.11 War Machine Armor: Mark II
- 1.11.12 Date with Pepper Potts
- 1.12 Iron Legion
- 1.13 Vistacorp Scandal
- 1.14 Mandarin Conflict
- 1.14.1 Test of the Iron Man Armor: Mark XLII
- 1.14.2 Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder
- 1.14.3 Reunion with Aldrich Killian
- 1.14.4 Tony Stark's Nightmares
- 1.14.5 Explosion of the Chinese Theatre
- 1.14.6 Taunting the Mandarin
- 1.14.7 Investigation of the Mandarin Attacks
- 1.14.8 Destruction of Tony Stark's Mansion
- 1.14.9 Aftermath of the Destruction
- 1.14.10 Awakening of Happy Hogan
- 1.14.11 Returning Home
- 1.15 The Hooded Hero
- 1.16 Oakland Centipede Laboratory
- 1.17 Surveillance of the Ambush in Oakland
- 1.18 Kidnapping of Phil Coulson
- 1.19 Return of Michael Peterson
- 1.20 Hiring Maria Hill
- 1.21 Kidnapping of Skye
- 1.22 Emergency Landing
- 1.23 Motel Hideout
- 1.24 Cybertek Undercover Mission
- 1.25 Counter-Attack
- 1.26 Massacre at the Wedding Party
- 1.27 Next Ant-Man
- 1.28 Hunted Inhumans
- 1.29 The Outskirts
- 1.30 T'Challa's Purchases
- 1.31 Steel Serpent's Sales
- 1.32 Investigating Ghost Rider
- 1.33 Fight with Aida
- 1.34 War Against PRIDE
- 1.35 Rescue Mission
- 1.36 Attack on Deke Shaw
- 1.37 Chasing an 0-8-4
- 1.38 Helstrom Reunion
- 1.39 Scott Lang's Return
- 1.40 Blip Aftermath
- 2 Appearances
- 3 References
- 4 External Links
Jim Morita's Birth
Recruitment of Howard Stark
Stark Industries hosted a demonstration of his latest technology at Ciro's, a famous local nightclub in Los Angeles. Howard Stark presented Vibranium, a rare metal discovered by Stark Industries researchers in deepest Africa, that supposedly absorbed vibrations and kinetic energy naturally. Donna was asked to fire a machine gun against Stark, holding a Vibranium shield. Stark was knocked down by the shot, as it appeared he grabbed the steel prototype by accident. However, he managed to get an ovation from the assistants with a little joke.
Chester Phillips attended the presentation and showed him footage obtained by Peggy Carter. The footage showed the truth about the destruction of the town of Guernica in Spain during the Spanish Civil War. At the time, it was believed the Luftwaffe was responsible, but actually, it served as a field test for HYDRA technologies, such as the HYDRA Armored Personnel Carrier or the HYDRA Exo-Skeleton, which Stark watched horrified.
Traveling through Los Angeles, Phillips informed that Franklin D. Roosevelt requested the creation of the Strategic Scientific Reserve, asking personally for Stark to join. Stark tried to decline, but in that same moment, they were attacked by members of HYDRA. Phillips tried to shoot the agents, but Stark revealed that his car, besides being bulletproof, was equipped with a rocket launcher, asking him to push a button that fired three missiles to the HYDRA members, killing them. This incident changed Stark's mind about joining the Strategic Scientific Reserve, agreeing as he qualified this whole ordeal as the most fun he had had in ages.
Agent Carter's Reassignment
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Peggy Carter's Arrival
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Chase for Zero Matter
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Investigating the Council of Nine
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Whitney Frost's Power
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Dottie Underwood's Mission
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Edwin Jarvis' Revenge
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Ambush of Whitney Frost
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Peggy Carter's Vacation Time
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Deportation of Anton Vanko
In 1967, Howard Stark had to assist to the arrest of Anton Vanko, co-developer of the Arc Reactor technology as part of 'The Unity Project'. Stark was visibly disappointed that while he hoped to change the future of humanity with this technology, Vanko only wanted to use the research to make money. Over time, Vanko sold these technology and other secrets to the Russian government, prompting his deportation. Obadiah Stane seized the opportunity to convince Stark of abandoning his plans for the Arc Reactor and the Stark Expo, focusing again in weapons development.
Having been sent on a War Dogs mission to Oakland, California, Prince N'Jobu of Wakanda had observed the poverty and persecution of African Americans, and decided that they needed support from Wakanda. Secretly, N'Jobu worked with Ulysses Klaue and enacted a mission for Klaue to steal Vibranium from Wakanda, which would be supplied to the African Americans living in the United States of America, intending to cause a revolution.
In 1992, T'Chaka, King of Wakanda, visited his brother, N'Jobu, in Oakland. Informed by his spy, Zuri, that N'Jobu had given information about Wakanda to Klaue, who later stole a large amount of vibranium, T'Chaka confronted his brother. Having exchanged pleasantries T'Chaka informed N'Jobu of what had happened in Wakanda, before questioning why he had betrayed them, which N'Jobu denied, until Zuri revealed himself to be T'Chaka's spy.
Having been exposed, N'Jobu defended his actions, arguing that Wakanda could take control over the world and rule it the right way, but T'Chaka refused to do so, and instead chose to take N'Jobu back to Wakanda to face judgement. In response, N'Jobu attempted to kill Zuri, so T'Chaka had to kill his own brother. The Wakandans left the area, leaving behind N'Jobu's son, N'Jadaka, who would find his father's corpse and wept, cradling him in his arms.
In 1995, Vers crash-landed on Earth in an escape pod after escaping from Skrulls, crashing through the roof of a Blockbuster Video store in Los Angeles. Vers modified a nearby payphone and contacted Yon-Rogg to give an update on her status. Following her, a few Skrulls led by Talos arrived at Los Angeles beach in escape pods, who then shapeshifted into several human surfers that they saw at the beach, and began tracking Vers' pod to find her.
After Vers' communication line with Yon-Rogg suddenly cut out, she was approached by S.H.I.E.L.D. agent Nick Fury, who had arrived at the scene along with Agent Phil Coulson and led by Director Keller, as the agency had been alerted about her and had arrived to investigate. While Fury was interrogating Vers, the Skrulls located her and used this to enhance their camouflage, with one of them impersonating Agent Phil Coulson.
Another Skrull then attempted to shoot Vers from a rooftop, but she spotted him and fired a photon blast at him, causing him to flee. Vers immediately gave chase to the Skrull who had attacked her, while Fury intended to follow them and ordered the man he believed to be Phil Coulson to come with him. However, the Skrull managed to reach a train station and got into a train, and Vers arrived as the train was leaving. She thus ran along the platform and jumped, managing to reach the rear of the train to enter it.
Knowing that he had been spotted, the Skrull changed his appearance into an old woman's he had seen when getting in the train. Vers began searching through the train, inspecting the passengers and although the Skrull had changed his appearance, Vers had also encountered the old woman when arriving on the platform, and thus recognized her target. Much to the horror of the other passengers, Vers violently punched the Skrull, leading to a brutal brawl inside the train.
However, due to the passengers still believing that Vers was beating an innocent old woman, she was briefly restrained, allowing the Skrull to escape. Noticing that the Skrull had dropped a crystal, Vers pushed back the passengers and picked it up before watching the Skrull shapeshifting once again and going on top of the train. Vers followed him, only to be kicked by the Skrull, who ran away but lost his advance when touching an electrified cable, allowing Vers to catch up on him. Due to a kick from the Skrull, Vers nearly fell from the train, but she managed to climb back up and fired photon blasts to get back inside the train as it entered a tunnel.
This, however, caused her to lose sight of the Skrull. Meanwhile, Fury did his best to follow the train with his car, causing several accidents on the road due to his driving. As he decided to wait for the train with Vers and the Skrull at the next station, he received a call from Coulson who said that he was still at the Blockbuster store where Vers had crashed down. Fury thus realized that the man sitting next to him was a Skrull impostor.
The Skrull attempted to shoot Fury with his gun, but Fury was able to hold him off. When the Skrull got Fury in a chokehold, Fury twisted the steering wheel, causing his car to be violently hit by a bus, which killed the Skrull and caused his camouflage to be removed. Fury covered the body and declared to the nearby bystanders that the place was under S.H.I.E.L.D. investigation.
Having lost sight of the Skrull she had been chasing, Vers used the crystal he had dropped earlier and implanted it into her Starforce Uniform, thus accessing the memories the Skrulls had explored after capturing her. Among those memories, Vers saw the name of the Pancho's Bar and decided to head there for information after stealing some clothes as well as a biker's vehicle.
Autopsy of the Skrull Corpse
S.H.I.E.L.D. brought the body of the dead Skrull to the S.H.I.E.L.D. Field Office. While a medical examiner was checking the corpse, Nick Fury told Director Keller about the situation and how the Skrull impersonated Phil Coulson, unaware that it was actually Talos who had impersonated the real Keller. Talos commanded Fury to track down and work with Vers and investigate the Skrull invasion. Once Talos was alone, he began mourning the death of his fallen comrade and vowed to complete their mission, before leaving as well.
Meeting At Pancho's Bar
Vers left Los Angeles for Rosamond, following her lead on Pancho's Bar. Arriving at the bar, she was confronted with Nick Fury again. Vers asked a series of personal questions to make sure he's not a Skrull, and then fired a photon blast and destroyed a section of the bar to prove to Fury that she's not a Skrull, since a Skrull couldn't do that. Fury then agreed to help her find information about her past, and the two headed to Joint Dark Energy Mission Facility.
Upon the departure of Captain Marvel and the Skrulls, Nick Fury returned to the S.H.I.E.L.D. Field Office with Goose who stayed to live there. Discussing Fury's eye injury, Phil Coulson asked him if the Kree actually burned his eye for not giving up the Tesseract to them, while bringing him a box of prosthetic eyeballs. In response, Fury refused to confirm or deny the claim.
The conflict with Kree made Fury realize that the world's arsenal, let alone S.H.I.E.L.D.'s is unable to protect the world, especially from intergalactic threats. This led him to form the Protectors Initiative, the project aimed to seek out individuals with unique abilities and powers to form a response team that is able to fight off any attack. Fury then saw Danvers' call-sign of "Avenger" and decided to rename the project into the Avengers Initiative.
Sometime later, when Fury wasn't in his office, Goose climbed onto his desk and regurgitated the Tesseract.
Melinda May and Phil Coulson first worked together as field agents during a retrieval operation in a coffee shop in Sausalito. Unbeknownst to them, the commander for their mission sent them without an exit strategy, so May wound up in the bay for five hours until Coulson eventually fished her out.
Birth of Iron Man
Design of Tony Stark's Mansion
Tony Stark built a custom mansion in Malibu, California just over a cliff, creating a Artificial intelligence system that helped out in the house, naming it "Just a Rather Very Intelligent System", shortened J.A.R.V.I.S., after his childhood butler Edwin Jarvis.
Tony Stark and his friend James Rhodes went to a nightclub to celebrate the success of a weapon demonstration in Arizona, seducing Eloise and Celeste. The four left the club to return to Stark's Mansion in Malibu after a brief quarrel with a jealous man.
Stark met Christine Everhart when leaving the Caesars Palace in Las Vegas, flirting with her while deflecting some of her uncomfortable questions, and the two ended up spending the night together in Malibu. The next morning, Stark left Everhart to be sent home by his assistant Pepper Potts, while he went to work on his Ford Flathead Roadster. After Everhart was sent home, Pepper reminded him about his trip to Afghanistan, right after sending Everhart home.
National Security Threats
Agent Phil Coulson of the Strategic Homeland Intervention, Enforcement and Logistics Division arranged a meeting with Obadiah Stane right after the Kidnapping of Tony Stark, to assess which kind of threats to National Security could pose the information Stark knew.
Coulson met Stane at Stark Industries Headquarters under orders of Director Nick Fury. During the meeting, Stane made it clear that Stark knew very little of Homeland Security topics, as he was very focused with technology development, and trusted the uses of that technology to James Rhodes and Stane himself.
Return of Tony Stark
Tony Stark escaped from his three months kidnapping by the Ten Rings in Afghanistan, when members of the United States Air Force, including his friend James Rhodes, found him wandering the desert. Stark was flown back to Edwards Air Force Base in Lancaster, where he was greeted by Happy Hogan and a visibly moved Pepper Potts.
Stark returned to Los Angeles upon escaping from his kidnapping and asked his assistant Pepper Potts to call for a press conference at Stark Industries Headquarters, where he was greeted by his business partner Obadiah Stane. During the press conference, S.H.I.E.L.D. agent Phil Coulson asked Potts to arrange an appointment with Stark to discuss the circumstances of his escape.
Stark declared to the press that his company would no longer manufacture weapons after watching soldiers die with the weapons built to protect them with his own eyes. Stark went to Arc Reactor powering the Headquarters, and tried to propose this technology as a new field of investigation to Stane, realizing that he already knew about the miniaturized arc reactor in his chest.
Stark retreated from public view, focusing on the design of an improved armor, refining its size and flight capability, going to Edwards Air Force Base to ask for Rhodes' assistance in the project. Rhodes paused his lesson to a group of airmen to attend Stark, refusing to help in this new project even before Stark had a chance of explaining his idea.
Development of Iron Man
Upon escaping from his kidnapping, Tony Stark retreated from public view, spending several days in the basement of his mansion in Malibu, and focusing on the design of his second armor, refining its size and flight capability. He asked Pepper Potts to help him take his old Arc Reactor out and to put in a new one.
S.H.I.E.L.D. detected the armor, as a series of UAV sightings, however, as Nick Fury already was investigating Stark, he deduced that the UAV was actually Stark within a piece of armor, confirmed when he rewatched the satellite footage from his escape from the Ten Rings Base in Afghanistan.
Amending Past Mistakes
Stark attended the third annual benefit for the Firefighters Family Fund at Los Angeles's Walt Disney Concert Hall as his first public appearance since the press conference the day he returned to the United States. During the event, Stark met Coulson for the first time and agreed to attend him while distracted by a dazzling Pepper Potts. Christine Everhart showed Stark pictures of Stark Industries weapons in the hands of terrorist groups, including the Jericho missiles he refused to build during his kidnapping.
Stark confronted Stane about the fact, discovering that it was him who has been supplying weapons to the terrorists, as well as being the one to shut Stark out of the board while he recovers. Over time, Stark realized that Obadiah Stane had been supplying weapons to the Ten Rings, and after watching the news about terrorist attacks over Gulmira, Ho Yinsen's village, Stark outfitted himself with his armor and flew to Afghanistan.
Unidentified Flying Object
The United States Air Force command center at Edwards Air Force Base detected an unidentified presence in Afghanistan responsible for the attack against the Ten Rings in Gulmira. Major Allen was in charge of the contingency, contacting the Department of State, the CIA and the other branches of the United States Armed Forces. Rhodes suspected that Stark was the responsible of the attacks, while Allen sent two F-22 Raptors with orders to take out the target.
After engaging the F-22s, Stark admitted that what was previously thought as an unmanned aerial vehicle was in fact a suit of armor wore by Stark himself and evaded the attacks, but not without being able to prevent a hit against one of the planes. When Stark saved the ejected pilot, the Air Force called off the pursuit.
The following day, Rhodes dubbed the incident as an "unfortunate training exercise" in a press conference in Edwards Air Force Base.
Uncovering Obadiah Stane
Obadiah Stane realized that Potts discovered his deal with the Ten Rings to kill Stark, and that he obtained the armor prototype and had reverse-engineered his own version, so he went to Stark's Mansion to steal the Arc Reactor from Stark's chest and power his new suit, leaving Stark to die. Stark was able to descend to the basement to retrieve his first reactor and power his latest armor to battle with Stane.
Obadiah Stane recovered the armor prototype used by Stark to escape from the Ten Rings, and moved it to Los Angeles, closing Sector-16 of Stark Industries Headquarters in order to reverse-engineer his own version.
Stark sent Pepper Potts to find the shipping records of Stark Industries, so he can track down the illicit shipments and destroy them. While hacking into the system, she discovered that it was Obadiah Stane who hired the Ten Rings to kill Stark, and his plans for developing a new armor prototype.
Terrified for her discovery, Potts ran into agent Coulson, and asked for S.H.I.E.L.D.'s assistance in stopping Stane, who tried to accelerate his plans of activating his armor. Stane found that his team of scientists could not create a miniature Arc Reactor to power the new suit, so he resolved to steal Stark's own reactor.
Potts accompanied Coulson and a team of agents to arrest Stane, but he easily defeated the agents using his new armor. Stane pursued Potts until Stark arrived in his own armor to battle Stane. Although Stane's armor had superior strength and was more heavily weaponized than Stark's, Stark managed to resist and save various civilians endangered by Stane's attempts to kill him. Stark tried to fly away out of Stane's range, only to realize that the heavier armor had also flying capabilities. Stark then devised a quick plan, reaching the Atmospheric freezing level to make Stane's armor freeze and crash into the ground.
Running out of power and with Stane still trying to kill him, Stark instructed Pepper Potts to overload the full-sized Arc Reactor, creating a huge pillar of blue light over the sky of Los Angeles that electrocuted Stane inside his armor, and causing a huge explosion when falling over the reactor.
After the fight, James Rhodes tried to get Stark into an ambulance to be checked for internal injuries. Unbeknownst to them, the ambulance was a cover S.H.I.E.L.D. vehicle sent to by Phil Coulson in order to analyze his fighting strategy against Stane. Coulson also explained S.H.I.E.L.D.'s interest in Stark and offered to train him and prepare an alibi for the events surrounding the battle.
Stark checked press headlines dubbing his alter ego as "Iron Man" while preparing a press conference to explain the alibi provided by Agent Phil Coulson, in which Iron Man is announced as one of Stark's personal bodyguards. However, Stark instead announced his actual identity is Iron Man.
Nick Fury, Director of S.H.I.E.L.D.
Tony Stark returned to his mansion after defeating Obadiah Stane and announcing his identity as Iron Man. He was greeted by a mysterious visitor standing by the window, who revealed himself as Nick Fury, director of S.H.I.E.L.D., and warned him that he is not the only 'superhero' in the world. For the first time, Fury wanted to discuss with Stark about the Avengers Initiative.
Agent Hendricks' First Mission
Phil Coulson was assigned by Nick Fury to supervise Agent Hendricks' first assignment, where they intercepted the Ten Rings. During the mission, Coulson was seemingly killed, but was saved by his Bulletproof Vest, while Hendricks defeated the terrorists, before Coulson revealed that the mission was staged.
When an intruder managed to break into Tony Stark's Mansion in Malibu, and stole his car, Tony Stark donned his Iron Man Armor caught up with the intruder, reconizing them as Lina. Lina was stopped, and revealed that the Ten Rings had blackmailed her.
Iron Man located two shipments of Stark Industries-produced weapons scheduled to be decommissioned, that had been illegally diverted. Jesse discovered that Cordo Gaines was responsible, as Stark and Pepper Potts had to freeze their assets. However, Iron Man soon arrested the culprits and updated Potts.
With his identity as Iron Man revealed, Stark was warned by James Rhodes that Stark Industries' relationship with the United States Armed Forces could be at risk. Pepper Potts was left to deal with Justin Hammer, who had built the Aerodynamic Marvel for Thaddeus Ross, although this soon failed.
S.H.I.E.L.D. agent Natasha Romanoff, during a mission to hijack an operation of the Ten Rings, was assigned by Nick Fury to infiltrate Stark Industries under the guise of Natalie Rushman in order to get close to Tony Stark.
Tony Stark's Struggle
In his absence, J.A.R.V.I.S. calculated the quantity of a liquid Stark should drink daily in order to counteract the symptoms of the Palladium poisoning he was suffering, as the core of the Arc Reactor in his chest that was keeping him alive was slowly poisoning his blood, to the point of death. J.A.R.V.I.S. also run simulations with every known element to replace the Palladium core, that rapidly burnt for the continuous use of the Iron Man Armor.
Pepper Potts entered the basement and confronted Stark over his decision to donate their modern art collection, as Potts considered it hers too, given the time she spent preserving it. Stark's erratic behavior after he discovered his poisoning made Potts infuriated with her boss, as many important subjects were sidelined in favor of the Stark Expo, which she considered a waste of time and a manifestation of Stark's ego, and he should focus in the new projects of Stark Industries, such as the synthetic trees designed to absorb carbon.
Stark decided in that very moment that Potts should become the new CEO of Stark Industries. Potts was startled by Stark's decision. Stark confessed that he spent a great amount of time thinking who should become his heir, but the only worthy successor was Potts.
Stark sparred in his gym with Happy Hogan when a notary public from Stark Industries appeared so that Stark could sign the legal documents for the transfer of power over Stark Industries. The notary, Natalie Rushman, physically impressed Stark, who wanted to hire her as her new assistant given her career, skills and beauty, even though Pepper Potts warned him not to hire her as there were other candidates more suitable for the position.
Unbeknownst to everyone in Stark Industries, Natalie Rushman was S.H.I.E.L.D. agent Natasha Romanoff, assigned by Nick Fury to infiltrate Stark Industries in order to get close to Stark after learning of his Palladium poisoning.
Justin Hammer's Eccentricities
Hammer had a meeting with Ivan Vanko right after orchestrating his prison break in France, to discuss the terms of a mutually beneficial collaboration, while Hammer had a bowl of his ice cream flown directly from San Francisco.
The recent incident in Monaco, with Ivan Vanko's attack revealing that Arc Reactor was not exclusive of Stark, both Pepper Potts and Natalie Rushman had to deal with the aftermaths, speaking with the press, shareholders and authorities.
James Rhodes arrived demanding to see Stark, while he was busy investigating Ivan and Anton Vanko, discovering their deportation from the United States during the Cold War and their subsequent crimes in Russia. Rhodes confronted Stark over the current situation, as Rhodes, given his position as Lieutenant Colonel in the United States Armed Forces, was able to avoid a full assault from the National Guard of the United States.
Stark then revealed to Rhodes his current condition as the truth behind his current series of apparent reckless acts, something he could not reveal to Potts, and Rhodes showed his concern over the well-being of his friend.
Stark threw what he believed would be his last birthday party, as he was left 7 days of life, while Rushman flirted with him as part of her cover. As such, Stark tried to do everything he wanted for his last party, and got drunk while wearing the Iron Man Armor.
Rhodes arrived, having guaranteed to his superiors that Iron Man would return to active duty within 24 hours, and got infuriated seeing his friend betray his trust and endangering civilians. Rhodes donned Stark's Mark II Armor and confronted Stark, almost destroying his mansion.
Rushman informed her superior, S.H.I.E.L.D. Director Nick Fury, of Stark's loss of control during the party, with Fury ordering her not to blow her cover unless Stark was about to kill himself. Fury also said that he would handle the matter personally.
Birth of War Machine
Major Allen greeted Rhodes as he landed while most of the airmen approached to admire the armor. Rhodes presented the armor to General Meade, who ordered to summon Justin Hammer to weaponize the armor in order to be presented at the Stark Expo.
Rhodes retired the Arc Reactor from the Mark II so that Hammer could not analyze it, and Hammer arrived, presenting a full array of weapons such as pistols, shotguns, a minigun and an exclusive Sidewinder Self-Guided Missile. Rhodes selected all the weapons presented by Hammer to be incorporated to the armor, and it was upgraded into the "JRXL-1000 Variable Threat Response Battle Suit".
Tony Stark flew to Inglewood in his Iron Man Armor after his last birthday party, where he got drunk while donning the armor. To treat his hangover, he ordered coffee and a box of donuts at a Randy's Donuts establishment, and proceeded to eat them inside the giant donut on top of the building.
Nick Fury appeared to talk about Stark's current condition, and what Stark needed from S.H.I.E.L.D. even though he did not want it. Stark's new assistant, Natalie Rushman, revealed herself as S.H.I.E.L.D. Agent Natasha Romanoff, assigned to Tony Stark after discovering his Palladium poisoning.
Stark's erratic behavior made him become a matter that S.H.I.E.L.D. had to deal with, and Romanoff, fulfilling Fury's orders given before entering the establishment, injected him with a solution of lithium dioxide to relieve the symptoms of the palladium poisoning and to get Stark back to searching for a suitable substitute for palladium; but no known element or combination of elements was appropriate. Fury simply revealed that he had not tried all of them.
Howard Stark's Legacy
Nick Fury returned with Stark to his house, after revealing his knowledge of the Palladium poisoning and Natalie Rushman's identity as S.H.I.E.L.D. Agent Natasha Romanoff, and helping him to deal with his problems.
Fury revealed that he knew Howard Stark, his role as founder of S.H.I.E.L.D., and that the Arc Reactor was an unfinished technology that Howard Stark intended to use to eclipse nuclear reactors. As such, Howard was confident that his son, Tony, would be the only one able to finish that technology.
Tony Stark, given his father's attitude towards him while he was still alive, found Fury's words hard to believe, as his father never showed a sign of affection.
Fury delivered Howard's belongings while agents Romanoff and Phil Coulson would assist him and make sure that Stark dedicated himself to work in improving the Arc Reactor and solving his Palladium poisoning. Coulson warned Stark that if he tried to exit the house, he had been allowed to whatever means he considered necessary.
Stark began checking his father's belongings, finding original blueprints for the Arc Reactor, newspaper clippings, film reels and his notebook. One of the film reels had a message recorded for him by Howard Stark, saying that the scale model of the Stark Expo represented his life's work, and the key to the future, being confident that he would be able to solve it. Howard Stark remarked that despite this, his own son was his greatest legacy.
Stark Industries New CEO
Tony Stark drove to Los Angeles to meet Pepper Potts at Stark Industries Headquarters, trying to make amends with her for his behavior during his last birthday party, where he got drunk while donning the Iron Man Armor and confronted his friend James Rhodes.
Bambi Arbogast, announced Stark's arrival to Pepper Potts, now CEO of Stark Industries, who, at the moment, was dealing with the confiscation of the Mark II Armor by Lt. Colonel Rhodes. Potts was very mad at Stark for his behavior, and eluding the responsibilities he assumed when he revealed to the world that he was Iron Man.
Potts prompted Stark to abandon the office, when Natasha Romanoff entered to confirm Potts' flight to New York City in order to attend the Stark Expo. Stark was amazed how Romanoff maintained her cover as Natalie Rushman in Stark Industries.
Tony Stark, after a brief visit to Pepper Potts at Stark Industries Headquarters, returned with his personal belongings, including the Stark Expo scale model, coming across an operation set up by agent Phil Coulson to study a series of atmospheric disturbances above New Mexico, while maintaining his surveillance over Stark.
Coulson, despite the importance of the assignment over Tony Stark, requested to be sent to New Mexico, given the importance of the discovery, and that they were not the only ones who were interested in the atmospheric anomaly, as Doctor Jane Foster of Culver University was already in New Mexico and requested the help of her mentor Erik Selvig whom Fury recognized as Bruce Banner's old colleague.
Tony Stark realized that the structure of his father's Stark Expo scale model was similar to an atom, and he was able to rediscover a new element hidden in the model, amazed by his father's work. J.A.R.V.I.S. informed that although the element should be a viable substitute for Palladium, its synthesis wasn't viable.
Stark then constructed a small Particle Accelerator in the basement to synthesize the element. While finishing the machine, agent Coulson descended to the basement to bid farewell, as he had been reassigned to New Mexico.
Stark then turned on the Particle Accelerator, triggering a reaction that created the new element, compatible with the Arc Reactor. Even before he was able to finish diagnostics, Stark received a call from Ivan Vanko, threatening him to destroy him just as his father destroyed his family.
Realizing that the Stark Expo was Vanko's target, Stark outfitted himself with the new Arc Reactor while J.A.R.V.I.S. assembled a new Iron Man Armor compatible with the bigger energy output of the new element.
Stark removed all technology from Hammer Industries that was added to his Mark II Iron Man Armor to transform it into the War Machine Armor. James Rhodes noticed that he removed all the offensive weapons added to the armor, what would be a problem when the armor would be used in the front lines.
Date with Pepper Potts
Scott Lang, one of the chief engineers at Vistacorp, finished one of the routine updatings to the security systems of the Vistacorp Headquarters, as they were overcharging customers. However, this angered Geoff Zorick, who demanded that Lang change it back, only to then fire Lang. Despite requests from Maggie Lang for him not to fight back for the sake of their daughter, Lang broke into the headquarters
Scott Lang was caught breaking into Geoff Zorick's Mansion and judged for it, much to the amusement of Geoff Zorick, his former boss. Lang was found guilty of his charges, and sentenced to serve in San Quentin State Prison, leaving behind his wife Maggie and daughter Cassie.
Lang was placed inside the same cell as a man named Luis, who had heard about Lang's work in Vistacorp, and arranged a "meet and greet" with some of the most important inmates in the prison. However, Lang got involved in a fight and was severely beaten by a fellow inmate known as Peachy.
Test of the Iron Man Armor: Mark XLII
Tony Stark implanted a series of micro-repeaters into his own arms, that allowed him to summon his latest Iron Man Armor with a gesture, greatly improving its portability. Despite the advice of J.A.R.V.I.S., who wanted to calibrate the systems of the armor and reminded Stark that he had been awake for nearly three consecutive days, Stark went on to record a test of the armor, even introducing it to his former armors as their new brother.
The test seemed to be successful at first, with the different pieces of the armor attaching to Stark. However, the pieces started flying out of control through the basement of his mansion, almost knocking him down when taken by surprise. The faceplate of the armor proved to be a challenge, as Stark had to fly face down so it can correctly attach to the rest of the armor, but he managed to land in his own unique style.
But, when the armor was starting to activate, the last piece hit him from behind and Stark fell to the ground, with the armor dismantling. To take a break from working into the armor, Stark went to watch TV, watching one of the Mandarin's broadcasts assuming the responsibility for the bombing of a military base in Kuwait.
Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder
Tony Stark met with his friend James Rhodes, mocking the rebrand of his War Machine persona into Iron Patriot, while Rhodes defended it as it was popular in surveys and it sends a less aggressive message.
Rhodes shared classified information regarding the Mandarin, telling Stark that he was responsible for at least nine different attacks, although the public was informed of only three. The explosive devices have proven impossible to be identified, and Stark offered his help using newly designed technology.
Rhodes showed concern about the well-being of Stark, while two kids approached Stark to sign a drawing depicting him during the Battle of New York. Remembering the events as Rhodes explained that the Pentagon wanted to handle the Mandarin after what happened in New York, Stark suffered a severe anxiety attack.
As one of the children asked Stark how he was able to exit the Wormhole, Stark rushed to the Iron Man Armor parked outside in order to check his vitals. J.A.R.V.I.S. found no evidence of anomalies in Stark's heart or brain, and as Stark thought he had been poisoned, J.A.R.V.I.S. diagnosed an anxiety attack. Worried, Rhodes tried to talk to Stark, but he promptly left inside the armor.
Reunion with Aldrich Killian
Happy Hogan, now head of security at Stark Industries Headquarters, went to brief Pepper Potts about an idea he had to increase security in the building, while reminding every employee that they have to wear their security badges. Hogan suggested to replace the entire janitorial staff with Tony Stark's unused Iron Man Armors, as Stark had them in the basement of his mansion wearing party hats, as he felt the human element of Human Resources was the biggest security point of vulnerability.
Potts, congratulated Hogan for his new position as Head of Security, but also revealed that the staff complaints rose a 300 percent since he was appointed. Hogan took the comment as a compliment, as he considered it a proof that there was something to hide.
Bambi Arbogast announced Potts that her four o'clock appointment had arrived, and as Hogan tried to interfere, Potts dismissed Hogan in order to deal with her appointment, Aldrich Killian, a former co-worker who flirted with her and made her feel uncomfortable.
Potts, surprised to see the former disabled Killian, asked what happened to him, and Killian lied to her saying it was just spending five years with physical therapists. Hogan asked Killian about his security badge, but Potts told Hogan he could left them alone. Hogan came across Eric Savin, and asked about his security badge, feeling something suspicious about him.
Killian explained Potts one of his think-tank's project, Extremis, previously banned for being considered immoral Bio-Tech research. Killian showed Potts a holographic image of the human brain, particularly his brain, and explained that the goal of Extremis was to harness human bioelectrical potential in order to upgrade the human brain and its entire DNA.
Hogan received a call from Tony Stark, who taunted him about his strictness as Head of Security, and Hogan replied saying that he quit being Iron Man's bodyguard due to the laughs it caused. Hogan briefed Stark about Potts' reunion with Killian, describing him as a rich and handsome scientist. Having run Killian's credentials, Hogan remembered that they met Killian at a 1999 science conference in Switzerland.
Hogan revealed the weirdness of Potts' reunion with Killian, as he was showing her his own brain, and advised Stark to pay more attention to Potts, as she the best thing ever happened in his life. Hogan announced he was going to follow Savin, Killian's companion, as he looked very suspicious, and revealed he missed how things were with Stark before he mixed up with the Avengers.
Killian continued explaining the potential of Extremis, however, Potts also believed it could be easily transformed into weapons such as enhanced soldiers or private armies, something that Stark would not approve. Killian revealed that he invited Stark to join A.I.M., and he was waiting that now that Potts was the new CEO, he hoped she would help him, but Potts refused even though she would like him.
Potts accompanied Killian to the exit, who expressed his disappointment for the failed opportunity to cooperate, although he assured Potts they we would meet again, kissing her on the cheek. Hogan told Potts that her car was ready, but she had to return to her office to retrieve her belongings. Meanwhile, Hogan took a photograph of the plates of Killian's car to investigate it.
Tony Stark's Nightmares
Pepper Potts returned to Tony Stark's Mansion, having moved there following the Battle of New York, and found a giant stuffed animal waiting for her as a Christmas present from Tony Stark. Potts entered home and found the remotely controlled Iron Man Armor: Mark XLII waiting for her at the living room, as Stark tried to make her believe he was inside the armor, excusing himself as he had to stretch the armor.
However, as Potts wanted to kiss Stark, she asked him to remove the mask, but Stark told her he could not open it. Potts opted to go to the basement and look for a crowbar to open the mask, discovering Stark training in the basement controlling the empty armor.
Potts was angry at Stark, seeing that he not only deceived her, but he also had dinner alone even although they were supposed to go on a date. Stark replied that he ate as he did not know for sure if Potts would return home or she would go to have drinks with Aldrich Killian.
Potts tried to leave, disappointed that Stark spied on her. However, Stark sincerely apologized, confessing that he was not the same after the Battle of New York. He felt that after living that experience, the only reason he managed to hang on was that Potts moved with him. Stark confessed his insomnia, and that he dedicated that time to construct new Iron Man Armors in order to protect her, as she was the only thing he could not live without. Potts, moved by Stark's sincerity, lovingly hugged him, and invited him to share a shower.
Later that night, Stark had a nightmare remembering his near-death experience in New York City. Potts tried to wake him up, but Stark unconsciously summoned his armor, that attacked Potts. Although Stark woke up and deactivated the armor before it could harm Potts.
Stark tried to explain that he was not supposed to be able to call the armor while asleep, and that he would solve it recalibrating the sensors, but Potts, still in shock for the attack, decided to sleep downstairs.
Explosion of the Chinese Theatre
Happy Hogan, suspecting Eric Savin had something to hide after his visit to Stark Industries Headquarters, where Savin went to accompany his boss Aldrich Killian, tracked Savin to the surroundings of the Chinese Theatre in Los Angeles, where Savin met Jack Taggart. Savin showed concern about Taggart's self-control regarding the use of Extremis, and handed him a briefcase containing injections to regulate himself
Hogan watched the encounter, and purposely collided with Taggart in order to check the briefcase. Hogan helped him to pick up the injectors, but witnessed the Extremis effects on Taggart's face. Hogan tried to flee the scene with one of the injectors, but Savin collided with him, recognizing his face.
Savin taunted Hogan, but Hogan revealed the injector thinking Savin was involved in drug-dealing crimes. When Savin tried to take the injector, Hogan punched his face and broke Savin's nose, that healed quickly due to the Extremis, and Savin violently threw Hogan across the square. Meanwhile, Taggart started to succumb to the effects of Extremis, and although he asked Savin for help, Taggart violently exploded and destroyed the Chinese Theatre, killing many people.
Hogan was able to hide behind a cart, and although he barely survived the blast, he used his remaining strength to point at Taggart's location during the explosion. Savin regenerated from the damage suffered during the explosion, and left the scene.
Taunting the Mandarin
Happy Hogan was hospitalized due to the injuries he suffered in the explosion of the Chinese Theatre in Los Angeles, and Tony Stark visited his friend at the hospital, asking one of the nurses to leave the TV on as Downton Abbey, Hogan's favorite TV series, was airing.
Stark asked the nurse to make sure everyone wore his security badge, as it is something Hogan would like, and the men Stark placed to protect him would not let anyone pass without the badge.
Stark exited the hospital, and a large number of reporters was waiting for him to give his reaction to the attack. At first, Stark wanted to leave without speaking, but the particular question of the men gathered at the hospital, when someone was going to kill the Mandarin, prompted a reaction.
Stark publicly threatened the Mandarin, leaving aside politics and the Pentagon, as he simply wanted revenge. Stark revealed his particular address to the media to taunt the Mandarin even more, and left after breaking the cellphone of the man who asked the question.
Investigation of the Mandarin Attacks
Tony Stark started investigating the Mandarin, in order to enact revenge for the explosion that almost killed Happy Hogan. J.A.R.V.I.S. created a database about the terrorist using the data obtained by S.H.I.E.L.D., the FBI and the CIA. Stark analyzed the personality traits and the etymology behind the name of the Mandarin, realizing there was many pageantry and theatre in his personality.
Stark holographically reconstructed the scene of the explosion, and J.A.R.V.I.S. informed him that the heat from the blast was more than 3000 degrees Celsius, instantly vaporizing anyone nearby, and as usual in the bombings, no rest of the explosive device was found.
Stark noticed that Hogan was pointing at something, and the reconstruction showed Jack Taggart's military badges, with Stark becoming suspicious as there weren't any military victims according to the public records. Stark then studied the different thermogenic occurrences to study other cases based on the particular temperature of the explosion, discarding all the thermogenic signatures related with the Mandarin, and also others signatures that were not as high as that of the explosion, such as one in the nearby city of San Rafael.
Only one thermogenic signatures matched the requirements, the use of a bomb to assist the suicide of Chad Davis in Rose Hill, Tennessee, that predated any known Mandarin attack. J.A.R.V.I.S. created a flight plan for Tennessee, when Stark got distracted by the ring of the mansion's door bell.
Stark was surprised to hear Hansen ringing the bell of the mansion, as the mansion was supposed to be on a total security lockdown after the threat issued by Stark, and donned his latest Iron Man Armor to check the visitor.
Stark found Hansen at the entrance of the mansion, and pretended not to know her identity asking her if she was the Mandarin. Hansen demanded to speak in private in another place, and Stark dismissed her, treating it as a private proposal and telling her that she was now in a serious relationship.
Pepper Potts threw her luggage from the top floor of the mansion, in order to leave the city as a security measure regarding the threat to the Mandarin. Stark introduced Hansen, showing that he remembered her, but discreetly asked if their brief affair resulted in having a son together, something that Hansen first recognized but quickly revealed as a joke before revealing the true reason of her visit.
Hansen needed to speak to Stark before it was too late, as the threat upon the Mandarin endangered him. Potts and Hansen had a quick conversation regarding the past affair she had, as Potts knew very well of Stark's reputation with women. Potts revealed her intention of leaving the town despite Stark's refusal and although Hansen offered to help carry the luggage, Stark though staying at home was the best chance to protect Potts.
Stark and Potts began to argue much to Hansen's surprise, but Hansen watched through the news programs covering the mansion a missile approaching the structure, launched by one of the three helicopters commanded by Eric Savin with orders of destroying the house.
Upon the impact of the missile, Stark ordered his Iron Man Armor to be worn by Potts, in order to protect her despite the risk he might run. Potts protected Stark from the falling debris, and acknowledged Potts' proposal of leaving the town. While the helicopters continued attacking the mansion and separated Stark and Potts, Stark ordered her to run and take Hansen with her, while he would try to leave the mansion using another path.
Potts and Hansen abandoned the structure before the entrance collapsed, and J.A.R.V.I.S. informed Stark that Potts had abandoned the mansion, so he retrieved the armor to defend himself from the attacks. The armor was an unfinished prototype, and therefore it lacked the flight capability and weapons to properly engage the helicopters, as such, he cleverly used one of the few available features, the repulsors, to disable the helicopters, one by launching the piano he had in the living room, and another manually throwing one of the missiles of the armor and detonating it with the repulsor.
However, one of the helicopter crashed into the house, making it to fall to the ocean along with Iron Man. Potts approached the cliff to check if Stark had managed to escape before falling, but he was trapped by the debris at the bottom of the ocean.
Savin left the scene with the remaining helicopter, thinking that Stark was dead. J.A.R.V.I.S. detached one of the gauntlets of the armor to use its individual propulsion and liberate Stark from the debris, reattaching to avoid the armor being filled with water. As the flight capacity was restored, the armor followed the last flight plan calculated by J.A.R.V.I.S., automatically flying to Tennessee.
Following the whole attack, Stark was considered deceased.
Aftermath of the Destruction
Following its destruction, the former location of Tony Stark's Mansion filled up with policemen, firemen and reporters that intended to cover the news regarding the attack, speculating that Stark fell to the ocean and died.
Pepper Potts, devastated by the loss of Tony Stark, found the one of the helmets of the Iron Man Armor, and heard a recorded call made by Stark, now stranded in Tennessee, letting her know he was alive, and apologizing for putting her in danger.
Potts abandoned Malibu with Maya Hansen, asking her why she come to the mansion precisely that night, and Hansen revealed that she was not a simply botanist as Stark considered her, but biological DNA coder, and that she thought her boss was working for the Mandarin. Potts was shocked to hear that her boss was Aldrich Killian.
The following day, cranes arrived at the former location of the mansion, and started to clear the debris that blocked the cellar doors containing Stark's Iron Legion. J.A.R.V.I.S. informed Stark of the news as he headed was travelling from Miami to Pensacola.
Stark later ordered J.A.R.V.I.S. to deploy all the armors, and the cellar doors opened to let the Iron Legion flew to Pensacola to assist Stark in the rescue of President Matthew Ellis and Pepper Potts.
Awakening of Happy Hogan
Happy Hogan awoke from his coma following the death of Aldrich Killian, indirectly responsible of the explosion that injured him. Hogan awoke just in time to see his favorite TV series, Downton Abbey.
Tony Stark returned to Malibu, to the remains of his former house and threw the now-useless Arc Reactor that was in his chest to the ocean, as he was operated to remove the shrapnel in his heart. While there, he retrieved some items, such as one of his screwdrivers, and the rests of Dum-E.
The Hooded Hero
The Centipede Project mounted a laboratory in Los Angeles, with the intention of creating a device capable of granting superpowers. The newly-created Centipede Device was tested in many subjects, despite the instability derived from the Extremis component employed in the Centipede Serum.
Skye, member of the hacktivist group Rising Tide, discovered the location of the laboratory and was performing surveillance on it when one of the test subjects inside succumbed to the side effects of Extremis and exploded, effectively destroying the laboratory.
Michael Peterson, another test subject, was in the surroundings of the laboratory with his son Ace, trying to comfort him over the difficult situation they were having after Peterson lost his job, as despite Ace wanted the action figures of the Heroes of New York for his birthday, he told his father it was ok not to buy them.
During this conversation, Peterson witnessed how the laboratory exploded and rushed to see if someone got trapped inside. Using the strength derived from the Centipede Device, Peterson climbed the wall and rescued Debbie, the doctor in charge of the laboratory, safely landing at the street despite jumping from the top floor of the building.
Many pedestrians, including Skye, filmed Peterson's heroic rescue, and the TV news dubbed him as the Hooded Hero, for the hoodie he was wearing to conceal his identity.
Meeting Mike Peterson
Skye was able to locate Michael Peterson, the Hooded Hero she filmed rescuing a woman, and followed him to Ruthie's Skillet, a diner in Los Angeles. Peterson watched the TV news about the woman he rescued trying to contact him.
While Peterson was looking for employment, Skye sat with him, excited to finally meet a "superhero". Peterson tried to dismiss her, telling her she was mistaken, as he was just a factory worker, but Skye warned him about S.H.I.E.L.D., a government agency that would come after him, and that the solution for that was to come out as a hero, using an entirely new identity she could create for him.
Skye invited him to her office, which was actually her van to further discuss the need to confront this instead of hiding, but Peterson left the diner. However, Skye was able to pickpocket his driver license, learning his identity and address.
Rising Tide Transmissions
Skye, a member of the hacktivist group Rising Tide, began posting information about different events tried to be covered by S.H.I.E.L.D., such as evidences of Hulk's existence or footage from the Stark Expo attacks, from Los Angeles, where he lived in a van situated near Ruthie's Skillet.
Skye recorded one of her messages in her van, warning S.H.I.E.L.D. that now the public knew the existence of heroes and monsters despite their efforts to hide the truth, and now there were no more shadows to hide in.
Notice of Vacancy
Michael Peterson received a notice of vacancy to abandon his house, so he is forced to contact one of the doctors that outfitted him with the Centipede Device that gave him powers to try to convince him of coming out as a hero, as the device worked. However, Peterson was forced to remain discreet and not reveal his identity.
Agents Leo Fitz and Jemma Simmons approached the remains of the Centipede Project laboratory in Los Angeles, accompanied by agent Melinda May, in order to investigate the explosion that destroyed it. Simmons realized the building was a laboratory upon entering, but given that it had the latest technology in security systems and its own power sources, she theorized it was a secret laboratory, and that its relationship to a man with superpowers was not coincidence.
May advised Fitz, impressed after sawing the burnt corpse of one of the victims, to be accustomed to get his hands dirty while doing field work, but Fitz replied that it was not necessary, as he had a set of drones in order to retrieve forensic data, each designed with its own capabilities.
May retrieved a burnt surveillance camera found by one of the D.W.A.R.F.s, but Fitz was confident to retrieve the data from the camera and the motion detectors of the laboratory in order. Simmons found the remains of a Centipede Device under the debris, recognizing it as alien technology.
Michael Peterson went to the factory where he worked before having a back injury to reapply for his former job. The supervisor of the factory, Gary, refused to give him a second chance, justifying his decision to fire him as he couldn't meet the quota, and he had already been replaced, and even there were many too applicants to consider Peterson again.
Peterson tried to reason with Gary, telling him that he was alone with his son now, but Gary replied that Peterson's injury was a simple complain. Peterson started to be affected by the Extremis in the Centipede Serum, and lost control, demonstrating his strength and then attacked Gary, trying to defend his former co-workers that didn't deserve to be treated as replaceable parts. Peterson continued his attacks, critically injuring Gary and damaging the factory.
Visiting the Doctor
Peterson noticed himself being surpassed with the whole situation, but Debbie, knowing that meant he was suffering the side effects of Extremis, told him that the former test subject went to the laboratory with a bomb, and that Peterson exposed the whole program, something her superiors would not like the whole situation.
Debbie announced that Mike Peterson would disappear, and Peterson, out of his mind, told her she was right, he was not Peterson anymore, he was something else, and the whole situation was just his origin story.
Abduction of Skye
Skye returned to her van in order to send the audio from the surveillance she was running on the Centipede laboratory before it exploded, that allowed Leo Fitz to reconstruct the images from the events that happened inside.
Showdown at Union Station
Peterson took Skye to Union Station in Los Angeles, forcing her to delete all information regarding his identity and his son's before leaving the city, something she had done before, but sending a signal to Coulson's Team at the Bus to let them know her location. Peterson tried to explain the situation to his son, that they were leaving the town to start a new life.
Phil Coulson and Grant Ward arrived at Union Station, and though Ward tried to convince Coulson to sacrifice Peterson in order to save civilians from the potential explosion derived from the Extremis in Peterson's blood, Coulson tried to convince Peterson to surrender himself.
Peterson attacked them and tried to escape with Skye and his son, but Skye soon was able to distract him attacking a group inside the station. Ace was moved aside by his father to protect him, who easily defeated the men attacking him thanks to his strength.
Coulson found Ace, asked a police officer to accompany him outside, and promised him he will find his father. Ward tried to subdue Ward, but easily defeated the S.H.I.E.L.D. agent to follow Skye. Debbie sent an assassin disguised as a policeman to kill Peterson, and the assassin started to shoot him on sight. Coulson gave orders to Ward and May, realizing that maybe a third party was involved trying to reach Peterson, stressing Ward that he should only shoot Peterson if absolutely needed.
Skye tried to convince Peterson that S.H.I.E.L.D. was able to help him, but the assassin was able to hit him with a shotgun and make him fall to the ground floor of the station. May arrived and defeated the assassin before he could kill Peterson or Skye to avoid leaving any witness.
Coulson found Peterson, with evident signs of the Extremis side effects, and they discussed the possible outcome of the situation. Peterson assured that being a good person should matter in the outcome, and Coulson reminded him of his son Ace needed him. Peterson replied that his son was another thing that had been taken from him, just like his wife, his house or his job.
Nothing that Coulson said was able to convince Peterson, thinking they needed to make an example out of him and society lied to everybody, specially now that beings above men had been revealed, and they had become the things they stepped on. Coulson, having died for having the privilege of being near those superior men, assured him that the only thing that mattered is what they chose to make with his gifts, and that Peterson was right, what really mattered is the type of person someone was. Peterson, touched by his words, regretted not having become a hero, but Coulson said he was counting on it just before Peterson was hit by a bullet.
Jemma Simmons run to check Peterson, as Ward shot him with the newly developed Night-Night Gun that Leo Fitz brought to him. Simmons smiled as a sign that their plan worked, and Peterson's explosion had been prevented without harming him.
Skye and Coulson left the station to accompany Ace Peterson to the house of his aunt Mindy Peterson, where Coulson asked her about his offer to join his team, having only the time it would take to reach the airfield in order to depart to their following mission, investigating an 0-8-4.
Oakland Centipede Laboratory
Edison Po was taken to the laboratory, where he was greeted by Raina, who updated him about the status of the Centipede Soldiers, as they had managed to stabilize the Centipede Serum using Chan Ho Yin's platelets, and added the Backscatter X-Ray Eye Implant to the soldiers to ensure their loyalty, but they needed the Clairvoyant's help to find the key to "Stage Three" of the project, something that, according to Po, the Clairvoyant had trouble seeing.
Raina was concerned about the interference of Phil Coulson and his team, who had destroyed two of their operations and forced them to move every few days, something that causes even more problems due to the drained status of the Centipede Soldiers after every mission, that forces them to maintain regular injections of the Centipede Serum to the many Centipede Devices they were outfitted now the serum was stable.
Coulson led Melinda May, Grant Ward and Mike Peterson to attack the Centipede laboratory, situated inside an abandoned factory, intending to obtain as much information as possible from the facility and the men inside. However, unbeknownst to them, it was a trap set by the Centipede Project, as four Centipede Soldiers, including Hayward, were hiding inside waiting to strike.
Coulson ordered Leo Fitz to dial Hayward's number to find out if they arrived too late, and the phone started ringing inside one of the cargo bins. Hayward appeared and attacked Coulson and Peterson throwing the cargo bin he was concealed inside, but Peterson managed to stop it before it crushed Coulson. Coulson tried to stop Hayward shooting him with the Night-Night Gun, but he managed to overcome the effects of the weapon and get up.
Another Centipede Soldier ambushed Ward and May, preventing them to assist Coulson, and he managed to knock Ward down when he shielded May from a direct punch. Hayward disarmed Coulson and threw him against another cargo bin, and May was also knocked down by another Centipede Soldier.
Peterson managed to overcome one of the soldiers, but as the S.H.I.E.L.D. agents were down, the Centipede Soldiers centered their attacks on Peterson, with Hayward managing to stab him with a metal rod. Ward and May got up, and Peterson, despite his serious injury, managed to subdue Hayward.
The remaining Centipede Soldiers were ordered to escape, and as Coulson was beginning to interrogate Hayward, he plead for his life, assuring he wouldn't told S.H.I.E.L.D. anything. However, Hayward was killed using his Backscatter X-Ray Eye Implant as Raina and Po observed the whole situation through it.
Surveillance of the Ambush in Oakland
Raina and Edison Po left the Centipede Project laboratory in Oakland and traveled to Long Beach, in order to monitorize the trap set to Phil Coulson and his team through the Backscatter X-Ray Eye Implants installed the Centipede Soldiers.
Raina recognized Michael Peterson as one of their earlier test subjects, being impressed that he maintained his powers without having received injections since before the explosion of their laboratory in Los Angeles. Po saw Peterson as an opportunity to obtain the information they needed for "Stage Three" of the Centipede Project.
That same night, Po informed Raina that he spoke to the Clairvoyant, and although he couldn't reveal anything about him, as the last person who asked too many questions was stabbed in the eye by Po, he told Raina that he spoke about her and her many virtues to the Clairvoyant, something that Raina glad to hear.
In order to gain access to the information that Phil Coulson could have about his own resurrection, Centipede Project staged a meeting kidnapping Michael Peterson's son, Ace, to force him to hand Coulson, making it appear he was going to surrender himself in exchange of his son's safety.
Coulson and his team took positions at a bridge near the port of Long Beach, designated as the location of the exchange, with Grant Ward acting as a sniper and the rest of the team staying behind as backup, in order to track Peterson using a Tracking Scent developed by Jemma Simmons.
Despite Melinda May's insistence to escort Peterson during the exchange, Coulson went himself as Peterson requested him, and he needed May to take point of the team if things wouldn't go as planned. Simmons applied the scent on Peterson's hand as Leo Fitz explained to him how they would track him when the exchange was finished.
Raina appeared escorted by the Centipede Soldiers, hiding out of Ward's sight behind a concrete mixer truck, and greeted Peterson as if he was an old friend, and tried to introduce herself to Coulson. Raina thanked Peterson for fulfilling his end of the deal and delivering Coulson in exchange for his son.
Peterson become enraged for allowing such a reprobable act, and took Raina through her neck, threatening her to liberate his son in exchange for his life, but as her employer didn't care for her life, if she died, Ace would die too. Coulson agreed to go with Raina in exchange for Ace's freedom. Peterson apologized to Coulson, and let Raina go.
Ace was liberated, and his father took him to Skye in order to protect him, while Coulson was sedated to be taken without resistance. May ordered Ward not to engage or they could end up killing Coulson, and she contacted S.H.I.E.L.D. Headquarters to know how to proceed.
Peterson told his son to stay with Skye while he did the right thing. However, as he approached the bridge again, an explosion occurred, while Raina and the Centipede Soldiers departed with Coulson in a helicopter, attacking Ward before leaving.
Flying over the city, Raina revealed to Coulson that they wanted to know what happened after his death.
Arrest of Vanchat
International criminal Vanchat reunited with Emily Deville in Los Angeles in order to sell her a piece of Chitauri obtained from the equipment left behind during the Battle of New York. Deville was gladly surprised that Vanchat managed to obtain the metal, and asked him the price he wanted for it.
However, S.H.I.E.L.D. agents Grant Ward and Melinda May hijacked the transaction, sending a Flash Bomb to help them defeat Vanchat's and Deville's bodyguards. While May and Ward were busy, Vanchat seized the opportunity to escape, shooting at May while she was pursuing him. Vanchat found his way blocked by the D.W.A.R.F.s remotely controlled by Leo Fitz and Jemma Simmons, forcing him to take an elevator that was easily hacked by Skye and sent to the rooftop of the building.
Vanchat exited the elevator trying to escape, but a full tactical team was waiting for him. May disarmed Vanchat and Victoria Hand, special agent in charge of the operation, revealed him that the purpose of his arrest was to help S.H.I.E.L.D. find the recently kidnapped agent Phil Coulson.
Skye was relieved from helping with the investigation of the kidnapping of Phil Coulson by Victoria Hand, a decision supported by Melinda May. The rest of her team helped her to escape the days of debrief ordered by Hand, so that Skye could conduct her own investigation regarding Vanchat's financials to locate Centipede and Coulson.
Skye tried to hack into S.H.I.E.L.D. databases from an Internet café. However, the Tracking Bracelet she was wearing had restricted her access to technology, and all the computers in the café were blocked by S.H.I.E.L.D. She quickly found another way of investigating the financials through Lloyd Rathman, a senior executive of a company investigated by the Federal Government for tax-dodging.
Skye stole Rathman's car and faked an accident to figure out his address, and she was transported to Rathman's house, where she called to his office to know when he would return home, masquerading as a member of the Los Angeles Police Department with a report of his stolen car.
Skye investigated Rathman while waiting for him, and posed as Melinda May to make Rathman help her hack into the bank accounts by using his private corporate I.D. In order to gain his assistance, Skye told him that S.H.I.E.L.D. had evidence that his company had been siphoning funds into offshore accounts for some clients, and threatened him to freeze all of his assets. She offered him a false offer of retiring the charges if he helped her, otherwise he would spent the next five years in the Fridge.
Rathman tried to gain some time until his private security agents appeared, as he activated a silent alarm, asking to see Skye's badge, as letting her enter into a Swiss bank account with his private corporate I.D. was a crime. Skye lock Rathman's phone using her Tracking Bracelet and revealed some data she obtained to make her identity even more believable, such as her knowledge of his gambling addiction and his divorces, his account in the Cayman Islands
Skye easily disarmed the two private security agents, and Rathman started to cooperate. However, it soon became apparent that he had no idea of how to navigate through the bank accounts, as his assistant usually did that for him. One of the security agents had to act under Skye's guidance to obtain the information, managing to backtrack the large payments into Vanchat's accounts to the buyer's account, using it to track him down.
Phil Coulson was kidnapped by the Centipede Project and taken to an abandoned nuclear test site in the Mojave Desert. Edison Po tortured Coulson hoping that would make him surrender and let the Theta Brain-Wave Frequency Machine unlock the real memories of Coulson's resurrection.
Coulson was able to resist Po's tortures, and even mocked him revealing that the memories he saw were those of a basketball match. Po revealed that if Coulson fought back the machine's process, he may not survive it, though Coulson told him that he preferred to die before revealing something to him, like he did with Michael Peterson.
Po felt no guilt over Peterson's death, as he felt that they offered him the chance to have his son unharmed, and that Coulson felt so bad about it because it mirrored the death of his own father, something the Clairvoyant was able to see.
Coulson discussed the veracity of the powers of the Clairvoyant, as if he was a real clairvoyant, he could have seen the answers he was looking for. Po acknowledged Coulson's statement, but revealed that the Clairvoyant saw Coulson's death with detail, and the only thing he couldn't see is what happened to him after his death. As Coulson would not reveal any information, Po ordered one of the Centipede Soldiers to continue torturing Coulson.
Coulson was later taken to a room in order to rest between sessions, being handcuffed and chained to a bed. He managed to free himself, and hid under the bed to take a guard by surprise. Coulson suffocated him and exited the room, finding he was in an abandoned ghost town in the desert. Po, who was calmly waiting outside, explained that it was a nuclear test site built in the 1940s that was spared when the Cold War ended, and that it was surrounded by hundreds of miles of desert.
One of the Centipede Soldiers grabbed Coulson before he could attack Po, and took him to the chamber to submit him to the process again, torturing him. Coulson did not lose hope that S.H.I.E.L.D. would find him before Po broke him, even though Po claimed that the Clairvoyant saw how their efforts would end.
Raina arrived and noticed how Coulson looked after hours of torture, and claimed that she was tending to their other subject. Po told her that she must have been there to help break Coulson with her persuasion skills, but she told Po that she would not have used brute force to achieve their goals.
Raina and Po were interrupted by the Clairvoyant himself, who demanded to know the progress of Coulson's interrogatory. Seeing that Po didn't achieve any results, he demanded to speak to Raina, putting her in charge of the interrogatory and the whole Centipede Project, and killed Po through the phone.
Raina acted more friendly towards Phil Coulson than Edison Po, offering him a glass of water, although Coulson was not deceived, as he saw what happened to Po, even though Raina claimed he was just a murderer incapable of remorse. He reminded her what happened to Mike Peterson and Chan Ho Yin, though Raina said she gave them what they asked for, as Peterson wanted to be a hero for his son, but she didn't answered when Coulson asked if Akela Amador also wanted a bomb in her head, replying instead that S.H.I.E.L.D. had also used cruel means to achieve its ends.
Coulson tried to learn more about the Clairvoyant, with Raina revealing that she had never spoke to him before that day, and she was excited for it, but he gave them guidance and formulas to navigate through the changing world that S.H.I.E.L.D. have been living on for years. Raina revealed that they needed Coulson to bring back to life their Centipede Soldiers, now that they managed to make them strong, control them and instantly kill them.
Raina explained the purpose of the Theta Brain-Wave Frequency Machine and how it would help him uncover the secrets buried in his subconscious, but it would kill him if he resisted the process. Coulson told her that either he would die, or hold out until his team found him.
Raina started to persuade Coulson that both of them wanted to know the same, the secret S.H.I.E.L.D. was keeping from him, and started revealing personal information given to her by the Clairvoyant to prove his powers, such as that Coulson was denied for the answers regarding his recovery when he asked for them, that the missing memories kept him up at night. Coulson trusted the system, and that all those secrets were kept for a reason.
Raina tried to persuade Coulson again, this time with personal information regarding the loss his mother, and how his death prevented him from having a normal life, and how she know that Audrey Nathan loved him. Coulson was visibly moved by her sole mention, and Raina asked him if he missed the things he used to with her, and told him how Nathan cried when S.H.I.E.L.D. told her that Coulson died, how they shattered her heart with a lie.
Raina finally told him that it was impossible that he couldn't have doubts and wonder about what happened in Tahiti, and Coulson replied with the trigger response implanted into his memory, revealing he couldn't stop saying that. Coulson finally agreed to be submitted to the machine in order to gain some answers.
Skye was able to locate the nuclear test site in the Mojave Desert using Vanchat's financials to track the different accounts used by the Centipede Project to acquire the Chitauri metal used in their devices. She informed the rest of her team, and they decided to follow Skye's lead despite Victoria Hand wanted them to assist into a major assault to one of Centipede's laboratories, with Melinda May revealing that her support to Hand's decision to relieve Skye from the investigation was a ruse to let her investigate without S.H.I.E.L.D.'s interference.
Phil Coulson, having agreed to be submitted to the Theta Brain-Wave Frequency Machine, asked Raina why was she so sure that the machine would work, and she revealed that she submitted to it herself. Coulson also asked why she always used flower dresses, and she simply told him that everyone like flowers, but she was glad that he noticed it.
Skye arrived at the site and started to search for Coulson. She was ambushed by one of the Centipede Soldiers, who started to pursue her, although he was hit by the S.H.I.E.L.D. SUV driven by the rest of her team.
Raina sent another soldier, while she checked Coulson, who centered into his first memory after his death, reliving again his time in Tahiti. Coulson started to remember doctors J. Streiten and Goodman treating him in a dark facility, and told Raina that everything was dark.
Grant Ward battled the Centipede Soldier while the rest of team started searching the place looking for Coulson. May defeated two guards while Ward resisted the Centipede Soldier's strong attacks. Seeing that the Night-Night Bracelet developed by Leo Fitz and Jemma Simmons had no practical use as a weapon in battle, Ward extracted the dendrotoxin capsule and managed to make the soldier swallow it, rendering him unconscious.
Coulson started remembering the different procedures made to resurrect him, and how a machine rewrote his memories while he begged the doctor to let him die. Coulson started feeling a great pain and repeated the begging, allowing Skye to find him following his screams.
Skye entered the room and though Raina claimed all the process was for Coulson's own good, she knocked Raina unconscious with a single punch. May disconnected the machine, and Coulson was able to recover, with a moved Skye hugging him.
Return of Michael Peterson
Michael Peterson had returned to Los Angeles outfitted with a Backscatter X-Ray Eye Implant and a Cybertek Prosthetic Leg replacing his missing eye and leg from an explosion in Long Beach, now acting as an unwilling Centipede operative.
Visibly scarred from the burnings he sustained in the explosion, Peterson hid in one of the bushes of a park, and asked his handler if he could see his son, Ace Peterson. However, his handler's only answer was that "Not Yet", as Peterson crushed the paper and dropped it on the floor.
Hiring Maria Hill
In 2014, Maria Hill went to Los Angeles in order to join Stark Industries following the reveal of the HYDRA infiltration within S.H.I.E.L.D.. Hill was submitted to a series of polygraph tests at the Human Resources division.
She later revealed her motivations to do it were to protect herself from being incarcerated in the aftermath of the dissolution of S.H.I.E.L.D., using Tony Stark's army of lawyers to remain active and join Stark into his plan of privatizing global security.
Kidnapping of Skye
Grant Ward took Skye to Los Angeles in order to make him decrypt the hard drive containing the research made by their team, without knowing that Skye had discovered his true allegiance as a HYDRA operative.
Skye told Ward that the encryption of the hard drive was attached to a specific location, Ruthie's Skillet in Los Angeles, the diner where she had her van stationed before joining S.H.I.E.L.D., that she never changed from her encryption. Besides, she felt it was a fitting place, as it was the place where she met Michael Peterson and her interaction with S.H.I.E.L.D. started. It even was a tactically logical place, as it was a public place with lots of people and multiple exits.
Skye seemed hesitant to enter the diner, as it had been a long time since she last went to a restaurant, wondering if she could get pie for dessert. Ward, that acknowledged that it seemed they only visited tubes and tunnels, and ate plane food, thought the decryption could have been done by the time he finished a coffee.
Skye started to speak with technical language to confuse Ward and make it appear the decryption would be slower than he thought, saying that if she managed to do it in an hour, it would be a miracle. Though Ward tried to pressure saying that Phil Coulson needed it to be done as soon as possible, she said that she couldn't do it any faster, so Ward guessed they would end up having dessert.
Skye spent quite some time using her laptop and making Ward believe that she was decrypting the hard drive, and often Skye told him he was uncomfortably staring at her. Skye showed Ward a screen frame that looked like a decryption information from the hard drive, and Ward calmed himself a little, saying that she was mistaking his admiration for impatience, though Skye said it was impatience.
Ward apologized for stressing Skye, and she suggested him to get outside of the diner, calling their team with the sat-phone, but Ward refused, saying they would stay together and proceed according to the plan, as the sooner she decrypted the hard drive, the sooner they would rendezvous with the team, something Skye had already heard him many times.
The computer showed a message saying that the location of decryption was invalid, and Skye looked nervous for a moment, something that Ward realized, analyzing her behavior, as, for example she was staying unnaturally still to keep from fidgeting, and maintaining eye contact to give the impression of confidence. Skye excused herself saying that the last time she was there, she was with Michael Peterson, who was a good man then but now he was a murderer, and they were ones of the FBI's most wanted. Skye felt that at any moment something could go wrong.
Ward told her to relax, as she was doing great, but she said that hiding what she though and felt was not as easy for her as it was for him. Ward simply said that it all came with experience, while he noticed two cops entering the diner.
Skye continued with the rush, with Ward starting to become more and more impatient, with Skye even mocking him that he was the one who told her to relax, but Ward was worried that the cops were watching them. Skye dismissed his theory, saying they were just looking at the waitress, because they did not know he was not the one he was pretending to be, her impatient boyfriend.
Skye began a conversation about Ward's previous missions, and he revealed his longest undercover mission was a 16-month assignment to pose as a Russian attaché at the embassy in Warsaw, five years after leaving the S.H.I.E.L.D. Academy. Skye commented the difficulty of living a double life, and how someone must get close to people, only to turn on them, and wondered how John Garrett was able to deceive anyone, specially Ward, spending years as his Supervising Officer, knowing him just to betray him.
Ward, still trying to maintain his cover, said it was difficult to accept, but now it was over as he managed to kill him, but was uncomfortable with having that conversation in a public place, realizing more and more policemen kept passing near the place. Skye insisted, wanting to know what would have he said to Garrett if he had a moment before killing, and wondered if he would say he was a "disgusting, backstabbing traitor", or he would have sent him to rot in hell.
Ward asked what the true intention of that was, and Skye said she was trying to have an honest conversation for once. The cops inside the diner started to ask the customers to get out of the establishment, and Ward, realizing without doubt they had discovered them, told Skye they should go too, though she insisted to stay, because the cops had not discovered them, it was she who alerted them, finally revealing she knew Ward's true allegiance.
The cops approached Ward and Skye trying to arrest them, and Skye warned them that Ward was armed. However, Ward easily fought and knocked out the policemen, while Skye seized the opportunity to escape, approaching a group of cops in the outside to make them arrest her. They first hesitated, but then she attacked the cops to force her arrest.
Ward exited the diner and shot the two policemen arresting her, so she ran to steal the police car and escape from Ward, who started to run behind the vehicle saying she did not understand what was happening. However, she could not escape, as Deathlok was waiting for her down the street, jumping to her vehicle and capturing Skye to take her back to the Bus.
Phil Coulson boarded the Bus with the intention of rescuing Skye and taking out Grant Ward to retake the plane. However, he wasn't aware that Deathlok was inside the plane too, and he was forced to escape with Skye, jumping outside of the plane inside his car, Lola.
Lola was damaged in a gunfight, where Coulson used its weapons to fire at Deathlok while Ward retaliated fire from above. Coulson pulled back the car to evade one of Deathlok's rockets, though Coulson managed to activate the thrusters in time in front of the Nokia Plaza in the L.A. Live entertainment complex in Los Angeles.
Night at the Motel
Coulson started to plan their moves against John Garrett, requesting a base of operations, weapons and tactical backup from Hill, asking what operatives were still working for Hill, but she told him to wait, there were no more hidden bunkers despite Coulson knew Nick Fury had many others, but she told him they were not reconstructing S.H.I.E.L.D., and though Coulson said that S.H.I.E.L.D. was not going to be officially reconstructed, Hill denied his intentions.
Hill acknowledged that Coulson needed to stop Ward and Garrett, but he could not act as it was an officially sanctioned mission, it was just a personal vendetta, and he should move on with his life after that.
Coulson sarcastically asked what the options where for him and his team, to turn themselves to the military and make a deal with them, or to work in the private sector, something that Hill knew would work for Coulson, as Tony Stark would be very pleased to hire him, but Coulson said that was not his style.
Hill said she needed to go, but that Coulson would know where to find her if he needed her. Coulson told her to say hello to Stark for him, before realizing that Stark still believed he was dead.
Outside the rooms, Leo Fitz and Jemma Simmons discussed Ward's treason, as Fitz still believed Ward could be redeemed and looked for an explanation, theorizing that maybe Ward was brainwashed. Simmons, being more practical, simply said that some people were just evil, but she though they would better at realizing things like that.
Fitz asked Simmons to tell him she was not a member of HYDRA, already knowing the answer, but needing the comfort of hearing out loud. Simmons agreed, and said she was not HYDRA, to which Fitz answered he was not either and he did not know what he would do if she ever betrayed him like Ward did.
Skye chatted with Antoine Triplett, who afforded to eat junk food as he considered himself on vacation until Coulson told him it was time to work. Coulson, who exited the room at that moment, told him to live a little that night, and Triplett went to share his food with Fitz and Simmons.
Coulson started a conversation with Skye, who told her that he had never been homeless before, something that, in her experience, was not fun, but at least that time they had a pool. Coulson went to assure Skye that they would capture Ward, and she revealed that she left something in the hard drive when she decrypted it for Ward, relaxing a little after all they went through that day.
Melinda May's Return
Coulson tried to reveal Grant Ward's true allegiance, but she already knew, as Maria Hill informed her about it. May revealed what she discovered about the person behind Project T.A.H.I.T.I., showing him the footage she retrieved from Coulson's empty tomb.
The footage from the project's supervisor showed Coulson himself giving his final report about the project to Director Nick Fury, handing his resignation because he could not allow the testing to continue, given the regenerative properties of the guest-host tissue also caused in the subjects a mental deterioration with symptoms such as hypergraphia, aphasia, catatonia, or psychosis.
In the report, Coulson continued by saying that the reasons of the deterioration were not clear, as it could have been the biology used in the project or just the awareness of the process. The only course of action to reduce the side effects was to replace the memories of the process, completely erasing it from the subject's memory; but nevertheless, Coulson recommended the complete termination of Project T.A.H.I.T.I., without administering its procedures or drugs to anyone ever, given that their cost was far too great.
Coulson was left speechless by all the reveals the footage brought to him.
Leo Fitz, Jemma Simmons and Skye watched the news reporting how Deathlok killed Alejandro Castillo, one of Colombia's most important drug lords, having managed to obtain an image of Deathlok and speculating about his nature.
Fitz wondered what was Deathlok doing in Bogotá, while Simmons was more concerned about why he killed a drug lord with known ties to HYDRA, and Skye realized that maybe the Bus was not even in American airspace, so she had to expand the search.
Phil Coulson called the three to the next room, where he and Melinda May had planned their next movement. They had drawn a diagram tying everything their investigation had came across: HYDRA, the Clairvoyant, Ward & Garrett, Ian Quinn, Deathlok, Centipede Serum, GH.325, Hard Drive and The Bus, with Cybertek at its centre.
Analyzing their past encounters, they realized that John Garrett had been developing the Centipede Serum and wanted GH.325 to stabilize and regenerate the Centipede Soldiers, sending Grant Ward to retrieve the hard drive that contained Simmons' research about the drug.
But Skye also planted a Trojan horse in the hard drive, slowly mapping all the systems where it had been uploaded it, but she did not have enough time to properly build it, and they needed to upload another component into one of their computers to activate it.
May proposed using one of Cybertek's systems, as Garrett and Cybertek had been working together for years, having developed the idea of infiltrating one of their offices. However, Coulson reminded that they had no authority to do it, as S.H.I.E.L.D. did not exist anymore. Fitz said they were vigilantes, though Coulson considered they were doing it because it was the right thing, both because he was not going to let Garrett and Ward escape, and because he wanted to claim back his plane.
Howling Commando Gear
Leo Fitz was concerned about the idea of handing their designs to Cybertek, though Coulson said that would not give them anything; they would only need to enter and plug Skye's flash drive into a computer to complete the trojan horse she planted in her hard drive and that had infested all the systems where it had been uploaded.
Fitz continued to worry about Grant Ward, refusing to believe he was simply a traitor, and continue to theorize why did he betrayed them, guessing he maybe was outfitted with a Backscatter X-Ray Eye Implant to control him. On the other hand, Skye simply believed he was evil; though people were not born evil according to Fitz, something must have happened to Ward.
Antoine Triplett arrived with a suitcase containing his grandfather's Howling Commando Gear, spy technology used in S.H.I.E.L.D.'s early years. Coulson explained to the rest of the team that they should take an inventory of every item, but then he realized one of them was a Hand-Held Hypno Beam, and become amazed by how Triplett explained its details, bonding with him after the distrust of their earlier relationships, as Coulson was a collector of vintage items related to espionage.
Skye was surprised by the innocent look of most items, activating an EMP Joy Buzzer before Triplett had a chance to explain it would produce an electromagnetic pulse in a 10-foot radius. Fitz explained the reason of these appearances; most S.H.I.E.L.D. vintage items were designed to look innocent in case a spy was caught, activating a Cigarette Laser to prove its true nature.
Coulson thanked Triplett for letting them use the items, which gave them a chance to defeat John Garrett and his subordinates. The smoking alarm interrupted Coulson, as Fitz inadvertently set the drapes on fire with the Cigarette Laser, which he hurried to deactivate. This blunder prompted Melinda May to sarcastically warn HYDRA of their impeding retaliation.
Cybertek Undercover Mission
Phil Coulson and his team realized that Cybertek was a key piece in their mission to stop John Garrett, so they decided to infiltrate one of their offices to get information about Garrett and Deathlok, and to upload the last component of the trojan horse that Skye managed to place in all the systems where her hard drive had been uploaded. Coulson arranged an appointment to infiltrate the Cybertek Corporate Headquarters posing as former S.H.I.E.L.D. scientists looking for a job at Cybertek.
Coulson and Melinda May where interviewed by the senior vice president of Research & Development, Ott, and another Cybertek scientist, Diaz, introducing themselves using the aliases "Theo Tittle" for Coulson and "Doctor Roum" for May.
Coulson realized that a secretary was typewriting the entire interview, and Ott began saying that they had interviewed many former S.H.I.E.L.D. scientists since the agency was dissolved, but they were underwhelmed by their knowledge and skills; HYDRA scientists had their minds more open to certain types of research, and were much younger than Coulson and May.
Leo Fitz and Jemma Simmons assisted Coulson and May via radio from a Rush Cleaning Service Truck outside the offices, in order to guide them through the technical questions that may be posed. May activated an UHF Pin while Fitz and Simmons discussed their looks, and Skye used the signals from the pin to try to locate Cybertek's mainframe, as it used UHF instead of wi-fi to search for data, a frequency that was not usually monitored.
However, Skye was unable to locate any digital data from the Corporate Headquarters, and Antoine Triplett guessed its source was protected or even insulated inside the building.
To buy some time for scanning the data, Fitz told Coulson to show an I.C.E.R. bullet, while guiding him through the specifications to impress the Cybertek scientists, with Simmons guiding May to explain her improvements and role in the development of the weapon.
Ott and Diaz said that they had already seen one of those bullets before, from the I.C.E.R.'s previous version, the Night-Night Gun, and they transformed it into a much more efficient aerosol grenade. Fitz, upset with the comment, began to defend his design, embarrassing Coulson as he repeated all that Fitz said when he inadvertently said that one of the improvements for the weapon was a "much cooler name". Ott and Diaz, not impressed by the I.C.E.R., asked Coulson and May what else did they have, but as they hadn't any other design to impress them, the interview ended and they were not hired by Cybertek.
Meanwhile, Skye managed to obtain the building permits and a map of the Corporate Headquarters, that showed a secure room with a reinforced door in the fourth floor, and informed Coulson and May that they should go to the fourth floor.
Coulson and May left the room where they were interviewed, saying to Diaz and Ott that it was a shame they weren't hired, and they were accompanied to the elevator by a security guard, whom they knocked out inside the elevator to gain access to the fourth floor. Coulson and May carried the unconscious guard outside after checking there was none watching, and May complained about the sweater she was wearing.
As they approached the secure room, Coulson and May were spotted by another security guard, who ran to sound the alarm through a red phone. However, May was able to catch him before he could call with the phone, knocking him out too using her combat skills, which made Coulson remark how glad he was that May came back.
Coulson used a Cigarette Laser to open the door of the secure room, finding the reason why Skye couldn't access the mainframe or any digital data, as Cybertek kept all their files on printed copies instead of digital files. Coulson and May started to search for useful files
May located a full cabinet about Project Deathlok with Michael Peterson's file and other files that dated back to the 1990s, learning that John Garrett was the first subject in 1990, but before they could study all the files, they heard a radio transmission outside of the room.
Coulson and May threw the whole cabinet through the window, and while Fitz and Simmons hurried to take it into their truck, Triplett used a Zip-Line Gun to create an escape route for Coulson and May, descending through the rope.
Phil Coulson and his team reviewed the files about Project Deathlok they managed to obtain from Cybertek Corporate Headquarters, and realized that John Garrett started the whole project in 1990, and his goal was not to obtain the GH.325 to stabilize the Centipede Soldiers; he wanted it for himself, with creating the soldiers being just a mean instead of a goal.
Leo Fitz continued to be unable to accept the idea that Grant Ward was simply a traitor, and maybe he was programmed like other Centipede Soldiers. Jemma Simmons asked him to stop thinking Ward was a victim and not a perpetrator, something that Fitz said he would do when he saw something to prove it with his own eyes.
Skye tried to convince him with a crude fact, that Ward was a murderer, and thought out loud that she should have let Michael Peterson kill him, but she was stupid and weak. Coulson disagreed, saying that what she showed was not weakness, but compassion, something harder to attain.
However, before they continued arguing about the fact, they were interrupted by a pizza delivery boy who brought food, with Coulson having used an alias to order it.
New Supervising Officer
Melinda May visited Skye in her room, as she had not exited since the argument about Grant Ward's guilt she had with Leo Fitz, and tried to comfort her by saying that Fitz could not process the truth about Ward yet, and he needed to believe in his innocence.
Skye asked May if she thought that Ward was controlled, something both of them thought was false, and Skye ended up praising May's ability to control her feelings; even though she and Ward had a relationship, she did not show any kind of external feelings about it. May confessed that she was indeed furious, but she was very sure not to waste that wrath in a tantrum; she would save it until she confronted Ward, to use all of it to defeat him and take him down.
Skye was impressed and said she wished to know how to do something like that, and May offered to teach her, saying she got up most mornings at five to train.
Phil Coulson interrupted them, announcing that Antoine Triplett managed to identify many Cybertek shipments that traveled around the world to different countries but all of them ended up in the city of Havana, where S.H.I.E.L.D. had a base. The whole team left Los Angeles and traveled to Cuba in their S.H.I.E.L.D. Jump Jet.
Schneider, Pete's best man, gave a speech about how people want to change and become something better, relating it to Pete's decision to join the Navy, especially after an event that happened in Tijuana in 2009. Out of boredom, Cindy, one of the guests, asked the waiter for a stronger beverage, but all the waiters, who were secretly HYDRA operatives, only offered champagne.
Schneider congratulated the newlyweds, and asked everyone to raise their glasses for a toast to the Leitners. However, as Schneider drank from his glass, his mouth started to petrify with effects similar to those produced in the Obelisk. Other guests suffered the same effects, causing panic in those who did not drink or suffer the effects.
The disguised HYDRA operatives quickly left the scene, contacting Sunil Bakshi at the HYDRA Laboratories to inform him that eight men died, but the rest, despite being sick, had survived the attack. Bakshi considered the results to be disappointing, and ordered the men to return immediately and give a report personally to Daniel Whitehall, who would surely not be pleased for another failure.
Return of Scott Lang
On July 17, 2015, Scott Lang was released from the San Quentin State Prison, and before he left, he underwent the ritual gone by every departing inmate, and was punched in the face by Peachy, before returning the punch. This lead the cheers and hugs by all the inmates, before Lang was taken out of the prison and was greeted by his old cellmate and friend Luis. Lang then rode with Luis in his van and caught up with him as they were on the road back to San Francisco.
On the way to The Milgrom Hotel where Lang had been offered a sofa to sleep on for at least his first few weeks of being out of prison and back in the real world, Luis informed Lang of a place they could rob, claiming that he had recruited some highly skilled people who could assist them. However, Lang flat out rejected the idea and claimed that he would not be sent back to prison due to having a daughter he had vowed to focus his efforts on. As Lang was remaining confident that he would be able to find a job, as he still had a Master's Degree in electronics, Luis however, warned that ex-convicts usually struggled to get employment, although Lang insisted he would be fine. Lang got a job at Baskin-Robbins, but the job didn't last long as he was soon fired for lying on his job application.
Lang explained how he had just been fired before being introduced to Kurt and Dave, whom Luis had rounded up in hopes of helping in his planned heist if Lang agreed. Luis excitedly explained that Kurt had just gotten out of Folsom Prison and went into great detail about Lang's criminal career. He quickly realized what was happening and once again insisted that he would not be going back to stealing as he intended to support his daughter, despite Luis' insistence that the billionaire they would be targeting would be the perfect victim. Lang still refused.
Trained by Hank Pym
With the help of his newly-found heist team, Scott Lang was able to break into the Pym Residence easily, with Luis staying nearby and offering support from inside his van. Lang was soon slowed down, however, when he discovered the basement door had a fingerprint scanner he had not planned for. Rather than giving up, Lang recreated a fingerprint using a ring, tape, glue, and some heat from the stove, unlocking the door and making his way downstairs.
As soon as the door was blown open, Lang immediately scanned the room for cash and other valuables, only to find nothing but a few hanging blueprints, some colored liquid contained in test tubes, and a suit with a helmet that seemed to be as a pair of motorcycling attire, informing Luis and the other two of the failure to find anything clearly worth any money. Disappointed that all the security was just for an old outfit, Lang decided to take it anyway for his troubles; he likely planned to sell it at a later point to make a profit off this venture.
After testing and trying on the suit, Lang broke back into the Pym Residence again to return the suit to the safe. However, on his way out, he was caught by police officers called by Hope van Dyne who were waiting outside. Without thinking, Lang attempted to defend himself by claiming that he was not stealing anything but was instead returning something that he had stolen. This tactic failed, as he should have left out the part about being the one who had robbed the house in the first place, and Lang was handcuffed and taken straight back to jail.
At the prison, Lang was introduced to Hank Pym who explained to him that he wanted Lang to have the suit. Pym then provided the means for Lang to escape, using ants and with Lang wearing the suit. The next day, Lang woke up in a bed only to find Hope van Dyne standing at the end of the bed watching him. Van Dyne explained that she had been watching him all night because the last time Lang was at the house he had robbed them. Lang was then invited down to breakfast, having to dodge the fire ants that littered the floor around him.
At breakfast, Pym told Lang that he had been watching him ever since the Vistacorp robbery as he felt his skills would be useful for them, while Lang was distracted by the ants moving across the table and obeying all of Pym's commands. He eventually decided to question everything that was happening and why he was there in the first place. As they both went downstairs, Pym explained that while he had been working with S.H.I.E.L.D. he had created the Pym Particles, only to decide they were too dangerous and hid them from the world, building Pym Technologies. Pym took on a young protege called Darren Cross who went on to betray him trying to recreate the Pym Particles. Pym told Lang that Cross had almost completed the Yellowjacket Suit which had the potential to destroy the world. Lang agreed to help, claiming his days of being a thief were over, except Pym explained that he needed Lang to be a thief and steal the Yellowjacket suit before Cross could sell it. In exchange, Pym would have Lang employed so that Lang could pay child support in order to retain visitation rights for his daughter.
To begin their training, Pym gave Lang the task of running towards a closed door and jumping through the keyhole while tiny, then use the Pym Particles to return back to normal size; this was the first test of mastering how to alter size with the Ant-Man Suit at the right time. While Lang remained confident, he failed time after time again, much to the annoyance of both van Dyne and Pym. However, van Dyne was secretly amused by Lang's failings, as she believed that she would have done better than all of his failed attempts.
Lang was informed by van Dyne that Pym wanted to see him outside of the house in order to train with target practice. Pym then showed Lang his new Pym Particles Disks, noting that because the Ant-Man Suit did not have any actual weapons, he had decided to design and make these, which would use the Pym Particles to either strike or enlarge items without killing. Pym demonstrated this to Lang by throwing the discs at his garden gnomes which tripled in size upon contact with the disks before Lang and Pym practiced throwing the disks at their targets to master the skill for the mission.
Being taken into the basement, Pym told Lang that while he was still learning how to control the Ant-Man Suit, it was also time that he met and mastered controlling his most important allies for their mission, the ants themselves. Donning the Ant-Man suit, Lang was sent into the house garden to explore the tunnels created by the ants while van Dyne and Pym watched.
Stealing the Yellowjacket
On the day of the Yellowjacket Suit Presentation, Hope van Dyne arrived first at Pym Technologies and assisted Luis in gaining access to the restricted areas. Along the way, van Dyne was greeted by Darren Cross, who asked how he looked in his suit. When Hank Pym arrived, Cross greeted him warmly and invited him and van Dyne to speak to him in private in the demonstration room. Once they were alone, Cross' guards immediately took Pym and van Dyne hostage at gunpoint. Cross revealed that he was fully aware of their plan to steal the Yellowjacket Suit and planned to kill them all for their betrayal.
Cross then trapped Scott Lang within the glass enclosure and took the Yellowjacket Suit; he then welcomed Mitchell Carson into the room and introduced him as the representative from HYDRA, to whom he intended to sell the suit. Pym and van Dyne implored Cross to reconsider but he refused to listen. Cross ordered his men to execute Pym before changing his mind and deciding to kill his mentor himself. Lang then broke out of his glass enclosure and he and van Dyne began fighting Cross' guards. In the chaos, Cross shot Pym in the shoulder before escaping with the Yellowjacket. Van Dyne and Lang rushed to Pym's aid, but van Dyne ordered Lang to stop Cross before he could get away with the Yellowjacket.
While Lang battled Cross, van Dyne attempted to lift Pym to safety as the entire Pym Technologies facility had been rigged to explode, but Pym knew that he would be unable to run. However, rather than accepting death and telling van Dyne to escape, Pym revealed that the tank key-ring he carried with him at all times, was not a key-ring at all, but a USSR Tank he had shrunk down years earlier. They transformed the tank to its original size and used it to escape, smashing through the side of the building at landing outdoors, much to the alarm of everyone present.
Kidnapping of Cassie Lang
Without warning one night, Maggie Lang's home was attacked by Darren Cross, who was wearing a weaponized Yellowjacket Suit; Cross threw Maggie out of the house and took Cassie Lang hostage in her bedroom, telling the terrified girl that he wanted to find and kill her father. Cassie questioned if Yellowjacket was a monster, something which the villain did not deny.
Scott Lang managed to arrive and continued the battle against Cross, proving at this point to the rival father figure that he was morally sound. Lang used some of the devices that Pym gave him, often missing Cross and either shrinking or enlarging random items, such as enlarging an ant to the size of a dog, or a Thomas the Tank Engine toy to the size of a real locomotive. Eventually, Lang had the same revelation that Hank Pym and Janet van Dyne had decades earlier when he failed to access the internals of Cross' suit, which Cross defiantly gloated was due to its titanium construction. Lang accepted that his fate would be like Janet's and disabled the regulator on his suit, shrinking small enough to pass through the atomic structure of the titanium and into Cross' suit. Lang then permanently disabled the Yellowjacket and caused Cross to vanish into thin air.
After getting out of the Quantum Realm, Lang returned to the normal world and hugged Cassie, with Jim Paxton expressing his own gratitude for saving them both. Knowing that he would be arrested if discovered, Lang promptly shrunk out of sight when the police then showed up, using a lamp to enlarge his shadow, Lang saluted goodbye to her.
After returning back to Hank Pym's house and seeing him and Hope van Dyne following the incident with Cross, Lang started a relationship with van Dyne. Sometime later, Lang was invited by Paxton to come over for dinner at their house. Lang then had to leave to meet with Luis, who told him that he was being looked for by someone.
In North Hollywood, Lori Henson and Shane Henson, were two Inhumans living undercover after leaving Afterlife. They were cooking dinner one day when one of Alisha Whitley's clone arrived with the intent of recruiting them to S.H.I.E.L.D. for protection after the Inhuman Outbreak. While they were catching up with one another, Lash broke into their home and brutally murdered all three of them.
Once S.H.I.E.L.D. arrived on the crime scene, they gathered as much evidence as they could before the government officials turned up. At the scene of the murder Bobbi Morse and Leo Fitz gathered evidence and spoke about Fitz' relationship with Jemma before being interrupted by the authorities, forcing them to flee.
Meanwhile, Agents Daisy Johnson and Alphonso Mackenzie tracked the killer to an industrial park half a mile from the crime scene. At the park, Johnson and Mack followed suspicious noises until they reached a door. After opening the door, they were confronted by Advanced Threat Containment Unit Agents led by Rosalind Price and accompanied by Phil Coulson. Afterwards, the ATCU took over the investigation much to the S.H.I.E.L.D. agents disapproval. They then took the bodies of Shane and Lori to a classified location meant for studying their biology.
After Agent Daisy Johnson's Escape from the Playground, she joined Hive on the outskirts of the city. As they overlooked the city, they spoke about how she used to drive her van there to sleep before she had joined S.H.I.E.L.D.. They then spoke about their plans to avoid being on S.H.I.E.L.D.'s radar and Daisy's discovery of her real birth parents. Hive then began plotting his scheme to takeover of the world and creating a world for Inhumans under his control.
In 2016, T'Challa and Shuri travelled to Oakland, California and looked at the old apartment building of their uncle. Shuri remarked on what T'Challa said by going to California for the first time, she thought of Coachella or Disneyland. Asked why by Shuri they were there in the first place, T'Challa told Shuri where their father killed N'Jobu, informing her that it will not be torn down.
Breaking the news to her, T'Challa told Shuri that he bought the old apartment building and a couple of other landmarks, saying that it will be Wakanda's first Wakandan International Outreach Centre. T'Challa also announced the news that Shuri will be ahead of the science and information exchange, having her in disbelief. Activating a new Royal Talon Fighter up from the sky as a gift, T'Challa made it nontransparent in the basketball court for Shuri to ride.
As the children noticed the ship, gawking at the sight of it and planned to sell the parts of it, until Shuri told the kids that it was hers and when asked of where she came from, she told them that she was from Wakanda, much to their confusion. As T'Challa leaned over the fence, he was asked by one boy with braids on his hair if the ship on the court was his or not and later realizing that he is likely the owner of the jet, asked who he was, smiling at him.
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Investigating Ghost Rider
On his vendetta of vengeance, Ghost Rider was hunting members of the Aryan Brotherhood. Unknowingly to Ghost Rider, the vigilante Quake was also hunting the gang because of their ties to the Watchdogs. Quake eventually caught up to the gang and had used her powers to destroy the tires of their car; the gang had now stopped in the middle of the road. Quake ended up attacking M. Scott who had warned her of Ghost Rider already burning his soul, before then collapsing.
Suddenly, a car appeared over a hill, which was Ghost Rider pursuing the gang in his Hell Charger. The Aryan Brotherhood fired a rocket at his car in a panic, which inadvertently caused it to erupt into flames, making it even more powerful. After the Hell Charger had crashed into the gang's car, the area surrounding the crash caught fire. After witnessing Ghost Rider killing D. Anderson and R. Moore, Quake was forced to flee as the authorities arrived and her investigation into the serial killer had begun.
While investigating him, Quake arrived at the hospital where the one of the two surviving members of the gang was being treated. However, the man collapsed after telling Quake that Ghost Rider was too dangerous to pursue.
Meanwhile, Yo-Yo Rodriguez was summoned for her Inhuman check-up after signing the Sokovia Accords so she met S.H.I.E.L.D. and was brought onto the Zephyr One. While being questioned by Alphonso Mackenzie, she was flirtatious but became aware that S.H.I.E.L.D. was only there to follow the earthquakes created by Quake.
After her check-in with the authorities, Rodriguez met with Quake on a bus to provide her with Rapid Bone-Healing Pills to counteract the harmful effects of her powers. After getting off the bus, Quake was walking on the street searching for clues when suddenly she came across a man spray-painting a mural of Ghost Rider. She then got the idea to search for Ghost Rider's car, a 1969 Charger in order to get closer to him. She eventually found a man who told her to search for the car in a junkyard.
On their own investigation, Phil Coulson and Mackenzie arrived at Canelo's Auto and Body. They began to search a truck that appeared mysteriously in the building and discovered a brutal crime scene with multiple bodies. Robbie Reyes saw the agents and assumed they were after him, so he decided to murder T. Mitchell to cover his tracks. Following the clues the agents were led to the Cosmogenic Warehouse, where they discovered the Chinatown Crew engaging in an illegal trade.
Coulson and Mackenzie decided to call for backup, and were soon joined by Melinda May and her strike team. After they arrived, they successfully neutralized all threats, however May was infected by a mysterious illness caused by Lucy Bauer.
Quake vs. Ghost Rider
Upon arriving at El Monte Junk and Salvage, Quake began searching for the Hell Charger when she ran into Robbie Reyes, an employee working at the yard. Quake asked Reyes about the 1969 Charger, which grew his suspicions that he was being investigated for being Ghost Rider. In response, Reyes invited Quake into his office with the intent of killing her. Quake eventually caught on and used her powers to propel Reyes away from her, which led him to pick up a steel rod and infuse it with fire.
After exchanging a few hits with each other, Reyes transformed into Ghost Rider much to Quake's shock. After knocking her down, Ghost Rider decided she did not deserve to die and left her alone in the junkyard injured.
Following his fight with Quake, Reyes attempted to return to his normal life as a mechanic at Canelo's Auto and Body. While he arrived to work, his coworkers were fixing a car and teasing him about a possible love interest in his life. Unknowingly to Reyes, Quake had arrived in her van. Reyes then told his coworkers he did not care about anything as long as its his car. He then smugly left his coworkers to start his work for the day. After noticing Quake's van, Reyes grabbed a crowbar and cautiously searched the area but found nothing.
Inside the shop, Quake was talking to Canelo about a made up story of her car engine lighting on fire, forcing Reyes to play along. Quake acted as if they went to school together at Garfield High School, much to Reyes' anger.
When they were finally alone, they discussed Ghost Rider and Quake began showing how much information she has gathered on Reyes. She started to mention his elementary school years at Crandall Elementry School, his favorite arcade and his uncle. Once Reyes finished fixing Quake's van, she used her powers to break it once more, forcing him to continue working on it.
Once Quake started sharing the information she gathered on the Watchdogs, Reyes said he was not an Inhuman, and that he sold his soul to the devil. Once Quake mentioned Gabe Reyes, Reyes was prompted to attack her with a flaming wrench.
They briefly duelled, as Quake threw a car at Reyes, only for the shockwave to hurt her already injured arms, as Reyes took advantage of her pause, and knocked her unconscious.
Quake woke up to discover Reyes had tied her up, as he then began to interrogate her. Reyes said that he must protect his identity, and that he might have to kill her if she was guilty of sin. After finding a picture of Lincoln Campbell, they then began talking about the Aryan Brotherhood, and Johnson mentioned Momentum Labs in Pasadena. Reyes realized this was a lead and left, although Johnson used her powers to escape and decided to chase him.
Outside, Reyes started to drive away in his Hell Charger but Quake used her abilities to launch herself into the air and land on top of his car. She held on, until Reyes used his powers to light his engine on fire, which caused Quake to fall of the car, losing his trail.
After his trip to Momentum Labs, Reyes sought out Quake and told her that he believed that he was the link to all the ghosts and supernatural activity in Los Angeles. He then invited her into his car and the two drove off together.
Following a blackout orchestrated by the Watchdogs posing as a group of Inhumans occurred in Miami, the same blackout happened in Los Angeles. Meanwhile, Robbie Reyes and Daisy Johnson were driving around the city speaking about the incident at Momentum Labs and how his uncle was connected to it.
They decided to quickly go check on Gabe Reyes, who was riding public transport when the Blackout hit. On the way to go check on him, Robbie told his story about how and why he got his abilities and how he plans to get rid of the demon that was possessing him.
Gabe then happened to be attacked by a gang when the two arrived, so the vigilantes took down the gang members. Johnson was forced to use her abilities to save Gabe from a gang member with a gun, much to his shock. The two then reconvened and decided to bring Gabe home.
At the Reyes Residence, the two arrived and Robbie explained his healing abilities to Johnson. He said that Johnson must take care of her damaged arm and offered to go and get her medicine. Robbie then headed out to make sure people were safe as Ghost Rider, using his night job as an excuse.
Gabe and Johnson had a conversation after he left their home, but Gabe told her he knew about her abilities, and he wanted her to stay away from Robbie. He then started threatening to expose her to the public if she did not leave, and never interacted with Robbie again.
When Robbie returned to their home, he discovered that Johnson had left in the night, leaving Gabe alone.
A badly injured Quake sent out a phony email to Jemma Simmons in order to lure her to an abandoned apartment. Johnson made the email seem like an advertisement for the apartment, which Jemma intended to buy for her and Leo Fitz. as she approached the apartment, she spoke on the phone with Fitz bragging about all the potentially good things about this apartment.
Once Jemma arrived inside, she knocked on the door but when no one responded, she quietly opened it. She then discovered that the door hinges were broken and the lights were out of order. Realizing the situation, Simmons took out her gun until Daisy appeared asking for Jemma's help.
Meanwhile at the South Ridge Penitentiary, Eli Morrow was summoned out of his cell to be interrogated by Phil Coulson about his time at Momentum Labs. Eli then refuses to talk to Coulson and give him any information about the assault.
As Coulson and Alphonso Mackenzie are leaving the prison, Robbie Reyes pulls up to the prison in his Hell Charger to visit his uncle. Robbie then flees when he and Mackenzie recognize each other. Coulson and Mackenzie then chase Robbie through the streets of Los Angeles with Lola, ending up in the Los Angeles River. Robbie is then knocked unconscious when he crashes into a camouflaged Quinjet.
Now in Daisy Johnson's Van, Simmons and Johnson arrived at a S.H.I.E.L.D. base that contains the servers for the information on tracked Inhumans. They then both hatch a plan to retrieve a USB drive with the information, so Simmons walks up to the agent and asks her for the USB. Since Simmons is technically her boss, she had no choice but to comply.
After the blackout attack orchestrated by the Watchdogs, they began their plan and started hunting Inhumans who were registered to the Primed and Ready Fireworks the USB to discover that JT James is next on the Watchdogs list. Deciding to save him, Simmons and Johnson both left the apartment to find Primed and Ready Fireworks, his place of work.
At the Firework shop, James is seen selling fireworks to a group of young boys when the pair walk in. James gets upset with S.H.I.E.L.D. as they should not be there without there being a scheduled check-up. James then goes to explain that ever since being under Hive's sway, he has contempt for his powers and wishes to be human. He then tells them to meet him at a storage facility at night to receive supplies.
After being interrogated by S.H.I.E.L.D., Robbie Reyes goes to speak to his uncle on their behalf. He asks Morrow about Momentum Labs and the incident that occurred. Eli then reveals that Momentum and Dr. Lucy Bauer were working on a machine that defied the laws of physics with the help of the Darkhold. The machine eventually blew up, which presumably killed everyone except for Eli and Lucy's former husband Joseph Bauer, who Eli put into a coma.
Morrow says that if Lucy is still alive somehow, she'll be going after "the book". Even after getting all the information from his uncle, Robbie decides to help S.H.I.E.L.D. protect an Inhuman asset that is currently being hunted.
That night, Simmons and Johnson meet James at a storage facility next door to the fireworks store. The three of them are then suddenly ambushed by the Watchdogs, which prompts James to reveal that he's been working with the Watchdogs all along, and that they used his gadget to get into S.H.I.E.L.D.'s Inhuman database. James then explains that he has no problem helping exterminate the Inhumans, as long as he gets to be the last one executed.
Daisy then uses her powers to distract the Watchdogs, but the toll on her arms makes her unable to fight any longer. Now disabled, Jemma and Daisy both decided to hide in a storage unit to survive.
James finds the storage unit Daisy and Simmons hide in. He then grabs a chain and sets it on fire. Just as James pulls back the chain to kill Daisy and Simmons, Robbie Reyes appears and takes hold of it. After being distracted, Simmons and Johnson are able to escape and go find Coulson. Robbie then transforms into Ghost Rider and uses James' own chain whip against him. He ties James up and pins him against a wall, but James uses his powers to break it down.
The two of them then fall into the fireworks store's warehouse, where their combined powers start a chain reaction causing all of the fireworks in the store go off, practically destroying the building moments after Coulson, Mackenzie, Daisy and Simmons get out of there. Once the explosions settle down, Robbie walks up to them dragging an unconscious James. He then turns and walks away solemnly.
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Scott Lang's House Arrest
Due to violating the Sokovia Accords in 2016, Scott Lang took a deal with the U.S. government and underwent a two-year house arrest at Lang's house. One day in 2018, Lang was playing with Cassie, and accidentally broke the fence with his Ankle Monitor hanging out.
Once the FBI noticed the signal, Lang's home was checked upon his accident. Lang told Jimmy Woo not to worry about the incident as he didn't mean to trigger the signal. Maggie Lang and Jim Paxton then arrived to pick up Cassie and Lang said goodbye to them, promising Cassie that when his three remaining days of house arrest were over, they would go get ice cream. As he had the house all to himself, Lang spent the next day playing the drums, bowling, learning more Close-up magic, doing Karoke, reading The Fault in Our Stars, and making paper birds in his room.
During his regular bath routine, Lang had a dream where he saw himself in the Quantum Realm once again before taking on the body of Janet van Dyne in memory of hers in which he found a little girl hiding in a red dresser. Startled by the vision, Lang woke from his sleep, got dressed, and went to his bedroom and inexplicably called Hank Pym about it, using a secret phone to contact him, but no one answered and instead, he had to leave a message.
After his call, as Lang was eating cereal, he was stung by an insect and then woke up in a van with Hope van Dyne. Taking a moment to realize his location, Lang freaked out as he knew the FBI would be on the chase for him. However, van Dyne showed him that the Ankle Monitor was off and that he was safe, but both she and Pym were very mad at him for participating in the Clash of the Avengers, as it caused her and Pym to be fugitives. Van Dyne then took Lang to the Mobile Laboratory and Lang was reunited with Hank Pym, who was busy working on a new Quantum Tunnel.
After telling about his dream, Pym and van Dyne had finally gathered a connection that Janet may be alive. To finish their portal, they still needed a component to keep the tunnel from powering up. As Pym and van Dyne are leaving the lab, Lang told them not to involve him with the plan or else he'll end up in prison. Once van Dyne explained she'll bring him back to his home, Lang listened to Pym about the entanglement won't last him long enough and needed to move quickly. Lang then asked Pym and van Dyne that he needed to hide inside only for the lab being shrunken down and was told to put on his clothes that van Dyne brought along. To get the component, they drove on a new van from Pym's car collection to close a deal with Sonny Burch.
When they arrived at the Oui, van Dyne revealed she had purchased from Burch, a black market dealer, the parts she and Pym needed for their Quantum Realm portal. However, van Dyne had been going by a different name, Susan, and Burch mentioned he had learned her real name and relation to Hank Pym, and then he forced her to give him the money. Van Dyne ended up leaving the money without the part, but she quickly fought them off afterward in her Wasp Suit to successfully gain the portal part.
Just after van Dyne succeeded, a figure known as Ghost appeared and challenged van Dyne for the portal part. Van Dyne was losing, but Lang had no suit with him until Pym offered a prototype suit. Lang, in the prototype suit, showed up and aided van Dyne into taking down Ghost. However, Ghost knocked them both out and stole Pym's Mobile Laboratory, which had their lab in it.
Search for Ghost
To find a place to figure out what happened, Lang suggested going to X-Con Security Consultants Office. There they met with Luis, Dave, and Kurt. Luis said that there were rumors about someone who could phase through walls, which they saw at the restaurant. They needed help, and although he didn't like it, Pym had a former colleague from S.H.I.E.L.D. who could help.
Traveling to Berkeley University, Lang, van Dyne, and Pym made their way through the campus, disguising themselves with hats and sunglasses. They soon found Bill Foster, who was giving a lecture in an auditorium, but he finished when he discovered their presence. The three then met with Foster at his office. Foster told Lang that he and Pym used to work together on a project known as Project G.O.L.I.A.T.H. before Pym discredited Foster and broke off their partnership. Lang then saw several FBI agents milling around the campus and suspected that the three of them must have been recognized. They narrowly escaped being arrested, but not before Foster can give them advice on how to track the lab using the regulator from one of Pym's suits.
Lang confided that he actually did not destroy the second suit, but had kept it safe in case of an emergency inside a trophy his daughter had given him. Lang and van Dyne were then forced to sneak into the school and steal the suit out of the trophy. While inside the school, Lang's regulator malfunctioned, causing him to grow and shrink to random sizes, before getting stuck at the height of an elementary schooler. They escaped the school and used the regulator to track down Pym's Mobile Laboratory in the Ghost's lair, where she knocked them out.
When the three came to, the Ghost revealed herself to be Ava Starr, daughter of another of Pym's former partners, Elihas Starr, who died in an accident that occurred while trying to replicate Pym's Quantum Tunnel after being discredited and fired from the project. The same accident killed Starr's mother as well but rendered Starr herself quantumly unstable. This meant she was capable of passing through walls and existing in multiple realities at once, though it took a toll on her: her powers were difficult to control and caused her immense pain, and would ultimately kill her if not cured soon. Foster had developed a way of using quantum energy fields to temporarily nullify her powers for periods of time, but they were not as effective anymore and Starr concluded that she would need to harvest Janet's quantum energy in order to cure herself, even if it killed Janet. Pym refused to let this happen and caused a distraction that allowed the three of them to escape with his lab once again. Lang was then warned by Luis that Sonny Burch had tipped off a contact at the FBI as to Lang's location and he was forced to flee home in order for the FBI to find him still under house arrest.
Once they shut everything down, Hope van Dyne and Hank Pym exited the Mobile Laboratory and went to relocate. But, when Pym shrunk the lab down, they found themselves surrounded by FBI agents, and they were then arrested. Before they were driven away, van Dyne and Pym overheard agents mention that an agent was killed and that the lab was missing, which they realized was Ghost. The two were then taken into FBI custody, where they were told they'd have to wait an hour, which they did not have.
Lang then assisted with Pym and van Dyne's escape from the FBI facility. Once regrouped, Pym revealed that he had put a new tracker on the Mobile Laboratory, and he communicated with ants to guide them to its location. Finding the lab, the three discussed the plan, and were met by Luis in his van for backup.
They then drew Ghost out, allowing Pym to go inside the lab. Lang went looking for Ghost and was suddenly attacked by her and the two began to fight. However, the Ant-Man Suit continued to malfunction, causing him not to be able to escape. This was a distraction for Pym was successful in entering the Quantum Realm, allowing them to shrink the lab and drive off with it.
Lang made his escape and met up with van Dyne and Luis at the rendezvous point. As they were driving, van Dyne noticed Sonny Burch approach them with his men, causing them to chase through San Francisco. Lang then joined them in the van as more men approached on motorbikes. Van Dyne then told Lang to drive as she moved to the back to defeat the men herself. Lang and Luis then crashed the van, causing Starr to get away from them, but Burch was still chasing after the lab. Van Dyne soon found Starr and attempted to take back the lab and fight her. Lang went to help, leaving Luis behind as he jumped on the front of the truck.
Lang's suit began to malfunction again causing him to grow big becoming Giant-Man. He then punched Starr in the face, breaking her mask and allowing van Dyne to take back the lab. Lang attempted to stop the truck, which he was successful. He then used the truck to make his way through the streets and reach Burch. Lang and van Dyne then went to help Luis, with Wasp taking out the goons and Lang going for the lab.
Lang who was still in giant form crashed Burch's car and then began to chase him on foot, but wasn't able to catch him due to his size. Burch then made his way onto a ferry and Lang attempted to follow him by calling in an ant, but they kept getting eaten by a seagull. He was able to get further with one ant, but it also got eaten, causing him to fall into the water. He then grew big again and swam after the ferry. He then emerged from the water and grabbed the lab from Burch.
Due to him being too big for too long, Lang started to lose consciousness as he attempted to return the lab. He was able to put the lab on the ground as van Dyne and Luis arrived. Van Dyne realized that Lang was losing consciousness and went to save him as he fell into the water. She swam towards him and repaired the regulator, causing him to shrink, allowing her to save him. She took Lang to the surface where he grew back to normal size. He regained consciousness and the two kissed.
Scott Lang and Hope van Dyne showed up and disabled Bill Foster's machine, giving Hank Pym and Janet van Dyne enough time to come out of the Quantum Realm. However, Ghost tried to stop them, so they fought against her. After van Dyne had gotten knocked to the ground by the Quantum Tunnel, Lang changed into Giant-Man and grabbed her just as Pym and Janet got out.
When Janet arrived, van Dyne shared an emotional, happy reunion with her. Janet then saw Ghost's problem, and she put her hands on Ghost to stabilize her and stop her phasing as she had acquired quantum healing powers in the Realm. Luis then ran in and told them that the police were coming, and so, everyone left as they took the Mobile Laboratory.
Following Janet's rescue, Pym and Janet moved to the California coastline and set up their house on the beach.
Afterwards, Lang returned to his house and waited until Jimmy Woo and the FBI arrived to let him go from house arrest. Then he went to his ex wife's Maggie Lang's House and gave her, Cassie, and Jim Paxton a group hug. That night, Lang, Cassie, and van Dyne sat in a shrunken car together and watched a movie on a laptop.
Scott Lang, Hope van Dyne, Janet van Dyne, and Hank Pym used Luis' Van to house a smaller Quantum Tunnel and worked on top of a building in San Francisco, so that Lang could re-enter the Quantum Realm and retrieve quantum energy. When Lang was transported into the Realm, the Pym family disintegrated in the Snap.
Back at Lang's house, the Emergency Broadcast System played out on the television and the replacement ant continued playing the drums. However, Cassie Lang survived the Snap and remained at her house. Luis' Van was found, abandoned, by San Francisco authorities and placed into a storage warehouse.
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Scott Lang's Return
For the next five years following the Snap, the city of San Francisco and other cities in California became post-apocalyptic. In 2023, a rat pressed the controls to the Quantum Tunnel in Luis' Van and Scott Lang was transported out of the Quantum Realm. He then found himself in a storage warehouse and left, confused.
Lang then went around exploring the neighborhoods and saw many streets littered with wrecked vehicles and overgrown bushes. While looking around, Lang spotted a boy riding a bicycle and asked him what had happened here but the boy simply ignored him and kept on riding his bike.
Realizing that something devastating had happened, Lang continued walking until he found the Wall of the Vanished and frantically searched for his daughter's name, but only found his name. He then ran to Maggie Lang's House and found Cassie Lang, where they shared an emotional reunion.
After the Blip, in which many of the people who were killed in the Snap disappeared, Scott Lang and a restored Hope van Dyne returned to San Francisco and met with Cassie Lang outside of her house. There the three watched as celebrations took place as fireworks lit the sky, as families were reunited with their loved ones.
- Captain America: The First Avenger
- Captain America: First Vengeance
- Iron Man 2: Public Identity
- Black Panther
- Captain Marvel
- Captain Marvel Post-credits Scene
- Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.: 2.04: Face My Enemy
- Iron Man
- Iron Man: Fast Friends
- Iron Man: Security Measures
- Iron Man: Fast Friends
- Iron Man 2: Phil Coulson: Agent of S.H.I.E.L.D.
- Iron Man 2: Security Breach
- Iron Man: Will Online Evils Prevail?
- Iron Man 2: Nick Fury: Director of S.H.I.E.L.D.
- Iron Man 2: Fist of Iron
- Iron Man 2: Black Widow: Agent of S.H.I.E.L.D.
- Iron Man 2
- The Avengers Prelude: Fury's Big Week
- Iron Man 3 Prelude
- The Avengers: Iron Man Mark VII
- Ant-Man - Scott Lang: Small Time
- Iron Man 3
- Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.: 1.01: Pilot
- Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.: 1.10: The Bridge
- Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.: 1.11: The Magical Place
- Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.: 1.13: T.R.A.C.K.S.
- Captain America: The Winter Soldier
- Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.: 1.20: Nothing Personal
- Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.: 1.21: Ragtag
- Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.: 2.05: A Hen in the Wolf House
- Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.: 3.04: Devils You Know
- Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.: 3.18: The Singularity
- Iron Fist: 1.07: Felling Tree with Roots
- Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.: 4.01: The Ghost
- Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.: 4.02:Meet the New Boss
- Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.: 4.03: Uprising
- Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.: 4.04:Let Me Stand Next to Your Fire
- Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.: 4.22: World's End
- Ant-Man and the Wasp
- Ant-Man and the Wasp Mid-credits Scene
- Avengers: Endgame