|And lo, were the Mandroids indeed beheld.|
I hear ya. I’ve been waking up past noon nearly every day since this year started.
Iron Man checks with JARVIS about his weapon options, but his unibeam needs recharging.
Iron Man: “Unless you guys are here to thank me for doing your job for you, I’m not in the mood for this.”
Tony has JARVIS scan the Mandroids, and JARVIS reveals that seven different parts of the armor are based on Stark-Tech. Well, that just rivets Tony’s armor. Back on the helicarrier, Hill informs Fury that Iron Man scanned the Mandroids, and Fury quickly tells her to give the order for the Mandroids to stand down. Unfortunately, one of the Dreadnoughts stands up behind the S.H.I.E.L.D. Mandroids. Iron Man aims his repulsors to protect them, but they interpret this as an attack, and open fire on Iron Man. He manages to shield himself, no pun intended, and takes out the robot with his unibeam, exhausting his systems. After his armor reboots, he goes over to one of the Mandroids that got taken out in the shockwave and flies up to the helicarrier bridge, demanding an explanation.
Well, it seems that breaking into a government aircraft carrier and angrily confronting the guy in charge is not looked kindly upon, so hill aims a laser gun at him and informs him he’s under arrest. Nick orders them to stand down, and they do, after he reminds them that he saved the UN.
Tony and Fury debate for a bit. Tony doesn’t want the government to use his technology for their weapons, and Fury counters with the fact that Tony was selling them the same weapons not too long ago. They just “modified” what he made. (I’ll be honest, I’m not completely up on how patent law would apply in this situation, but I think it’s still illegal when the government does that.)
Iron Man tells Fury that now HYDRA has their hands on Stark-tech, and blames S.H.I.E.L.D. for letting the technology leak out. They debate some more about escalation, arms racing, constant vigilance, etc. with Fury ending on the best reason for Stark to keep giving them weapons.
Nick Fury: “You can’t do this alone; you’re only one man.”
Iron Man: “One of me is more than enough.”
Iron Man leaves.
Iron Man: “By the way, there’s about three-dozen unconscious HYDRA agents waiting for you down there. No need to thank me.”
Fury orders Hill to find out how HYDRA got into their systems and fix the problem, and demands to see… the Black Widow! Dun dun dunnn!
Back on the ground, the HYDRA goons are taken into custody, including the one who shot his buddy. A nearby S.H.I.E.L.D. agent tells them they’re going to… the Vault. Also dun dun dunnn!
Over at Stark Tower, Tony de-armors as Rhodey offers his help. But Tony insists that only he and he alone can fight the rising tide. Not the Rising Tide, that’s from a different show.
|Tony, you better hope Rhodey doesn't pull an Iron Man 2.|