The limited series reaches its catastrophic finale as, during precisely 3 minutes and 29 seconds of high-speed mayhem, Iron Man blasts through a S.H.I.E.L.D. Assault Carrier full of “capekilling” hardware aplenty... while simultaneously battling an invading force of blindingly fast, technologically superior “insurgent mecha!” Can the damaged, digitized ghost of “Tony Stark 2.0” literally reinvent himself in time to survive the final, fatal seconds of mechanized combat at supersonic speeds?
Tony Stark's digital ghost knows that the end is near. Wanting to listen to something good for his last minutes, he decides to put on a classic: Search and Destroy by Iggy and the Stooges. He also knows that in exactly 3 minutes and 28 seconds the Mecha that Absynthe has taken control of will breach the Carrier's starbord flight deck hull and ironically enough he will "be punctured by toxic doses of both searching and destroying." Even though Tony theoretically is holding the virus Absynthe captive, she has succeeded in framing him as "rogue armor" to try to catch S.H.I.E.L.D. off guard. As the Mecha begin to breach the hull and hack into S.H.I.E.L.D. defense systems, several stages of weaponry come online to take out the mechanical threat. The S.H.I.E.L.D. cape-killing mobile base was designed for such a contingency--bringing in, trapping, and destroying any threat which could take over their massive power. The ship begins to lock down on the Mecha as intended.
Boosting his jet boosters to smash through the ship's wall to join the party, Tony searches Absynthe's programming for any useful data using a virtual metaphor that is close to Tony's heart. Face-to-face with S.H.I.E.L.D.'s defenses Tony pits his armor's weaponry against everything S.H.I.E.L.D. has to throw at him, while simultaneously continuing to probe Absynthe for data, and attempting to debug the hardware to boost his cognitive clock-speed.
Tony finally breaks the information he needed from Absynthe, but possibly too late for it to matter. Absynthe was the product of a research project aimed at uploading the consciousness of humans into computers, first by extracting the brain from the unwilling test subjects. While her program was meant to be a disposable test run, she was able to escape to become the programming bane that Stark now knows intimately. Unable to take the Mecha with pure speed, Stark gambles that his armor was designed better than theirs. After pumping pressurized air and jet fuel into the empty body cavity of his armor, Tony breaks the armor's seal unleashing a torrent of volatile chemicals upon the mechanical combatants, seals himself up again, then detonates the explosive fuel. This destroys part of the ship forcing the staff to arm their final contingency plan, contingency omega: a 1.5 megaton thermonuclear warhead.
Tony finally completes the software hack allowing him to ramp up his clock-speed. His system shuts down as he turns on the potentially fatal software, then reboots. Coming online at far greater speeds than before. Tony is able to destroy several of the mecha before the impossible happens: the remaining Mecha blur in front of his sensors at even faster speeds. Absynthe reveals that she has uploaded his software speed-hack into the mecha. Tony is being destroyed by the rogue mecha at lightning-fast speed. Right before Tony is about to end up on the wrong end of some hyper-sonic railgun fire Tony is able to take over the rogue machines. Tony's digital splinter-self had anticipated such a move by Absynthe and programmed a back-door into his software.
Tony has only brief fractions of a second to disarm the now-exploding nuclear warhead. These fractions are an eternity for the suped-up Tony Stark 2.0. He looks into S.H.I.E.L.D. records to find that the original Tony Stark is healing up rather nicely, and as he attempts to disrupt the explosion he hopes that he will survive as more than dispersed atoms. Is this the end of Tony Stark v2.0?