A.I.M. arranged a meeting with Jack Taggart who was desperate for another Extremis dose at the Chinese Theatre. Eric Savin expressed his concern about Taggart's addiction before handing him a briefcase containing several injections. As Taggart prepared to leave, Happy Hogan collided with him in order to check the briefcase. He proceeded to help Taggart pick the spilled injectors up off the ground, only to try and flee the scene after witnessing the effects of Extremis on Taggart's face.
Savin recognized Hogan and collided with him, only for Hogan to reveal that he had one of the injectors in his possession. When Savin tried to take the injector back by force, Hogan punched him in the face and broke his nose. Savin allowed his Extremis powers to heal his injury before picking Hogan up and throwing him across the forecourt.
Meanwhile, Taggart had injected himself with a high dose that was causing his body to rapidly build up energy. He desperately called out for Savin's help, only to explode seconds later and emit a shockwave that decimated the surrounding area. Hogan, having managed to hide behind a nearby cart, barely survived the blast but was severely injured. Savin lost his right leg in the explosion but was able to walk away due to the Extremis causing the limb to regrow. Hogan was rendered comatose and later hospitalized, while the authorities dealt with the aftermath.
Following the explosion, Trevor Slattery, impersonating the Mandarin, hijacked television signals across the country and claimed responsibility, comparing the destroyed movie palace to a fortune cookie as an example of America imitating authentic Chinese culture. He then proceeded to speak directly to President Matthew Ellis, announcing that his campaign would end with Ellis' "graduation."