"What I saw you do to Tony Stark on that track, how you stepped up to him in front of God and everybody that was… Wow. You spoke to me with what you did."
Justin Hammer to Ivan Vanko[src]

The Duel of Monaco was a failed attempt by Ivan Vanko to kill Tony Stark and avenge the death of his father, who had been accused of espionage by Howard Stark.



Ivan Vanko mourns his father's death

Anton Vanko died in Moscow the day Tony Stark told the world he was Iron Man. That day Ivan Vanko, Anton's son, prepared to make his own armor, including an Arc Reactor in order to kill Stark. He took a plane to Monaco six months later after getting the ticket from a Ten Rings Agent.

Stark and Pepper Potts traveled to Monte Carlo, Monaco. Knowing his death was imminent from Palladium poisoning, Stark decided to race his car in the Circuit de Monaco himself.[3]



Vanko reveals himself on the racetrack

"You lose Stark, you lose!"
―Ivan Vanko to Tony Stark[src]

While racing in Circuit de Monaco in Monte Carlo, Monaco, Tony Stark's car is attacked by Ivan Vanko, using his homemade armor. After crawling out of his car and dodging many attacks from Vanko, Happy Hogan and Pepper Potts hit Vanko with their car and pinned him against the fence. Pepper throws Stark his Mark V armor briefcase. Vanko hit Stark with his whip and Stark grabbed it. Stark pulled himself closer to Vanko and ripped the homemade Arc Reactor from Vanko's chest plate, crushing it. As his suit lost power, Vanko was arrested and his armor was taken from him. However, he taunted Stark with a phrase 'you lose' as he was taken into custody.[3]


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Ivan Vanko is recruited by Justin Hammer

"Iron Man never stopped protecting us. The events in Monaco proved that."
Pepper Potts[src]

Tony Stark discovered that Ivan Vanko was the son of Anton Vanko, who collaborated on the first Arc Reactor with Tony's father Howard. Vanko was promptly broken out of jail by a revenge-seeking Justin Hammer, who put him to work fashioning a line of armored combat suits that he planned to use to upstage Stark at his own Expo.[3]