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During the Clash of the Avengers, Vision accidentally shoots a laser beam at James Rhodes' suit while he's flying, disabling its Arc Reactor. Unable to fly, Rhodes enters a free fall from high altitude. Despite Falcon and Iron Man's best efforts, they're unable to catch him mid-air and he hits the ground. Even though the suit's protection saves him from death, but he still suffers from a spine injury that paralyzes his legs. Stark later creates a pair of leg braces that allow Rhodes to walk and engage in other activities fluently, and also integrates a similar functionality into all of his friend's suit designs.