M.O.D.O.K. has nearly completed the Mandarin's latest demand a robotic copy of Iron Man. To finish, though, the real Iron Man needs to be thoroughly scanned meaning luring him into a fight. Unfortunately, a Stark Enterprises factory is destroyed in the process threatening to put many out of work and ruin their progress.
Iron Man leaves to find a way to keep the factory running, which the Mandarin has anticipated. The completed Iron Man copy "steals" the Dark Water Fever antidote from Justin Hammer, while the Mandarin's other forces enslave Peruvian farmers to create the fungus that causes the disease. The copy "demands" a ransom for not releasing the virus endangering many lives and leaving the real Iron Man with the blame.