- At last, I see his Achilles' heel. It is his obsessive need to always fight alone, to remain the lone wolf of his kind. Hmmm. How ironic that Iron Man wears armor around his body as well as around his heart. Iron Man, our time will come. For I have written it in the stars.
- -- Mandarin
Appearing in "Empowered"
- Iron Man (Tony Stark) (Main story and flashback)
- War Machine (James Rhodes) (Only in flashback)
- Julia Carpenter (Only in flashback)
- Hawkeye (Clinton Barton) (Only in flashback)
- Scarlet Witch (Wanda Maximoff) (Only in flashback)
- Century (Main story and flashback)
- M.O.D.O.K. (George Tarleton)
- Mandarin (Arnold Brock) (Main story and flashback)
- Anton Vanko (Crimson Dynamo) (Only in flashback)
- Stilt-Man (Wilbur Day) (Only in flashback)
- Beetle (Abner Jenkins) (Only in flashback)
Synopsis for "Empowered"
The episode begins with the ending scene from "The Beast Within" where the Mandarin loses his rings. MODOK searches on a computer map for all the possible location of one of the Mandarin's rings. MODOK finds the ring in a bank and puts it on, showing MODOK how the Mandarin got the other rings. Iron Man shows up to the bank, but MODOK escapes and returns to his lair.
The Mandarin shows up to MODOK's lair and takes his ring back. As Iron Man searches for MODOK's base, the ring show the Mandarin the new types of armor and enemies Iron Man has gained. The Mandarin searches for Iron Man and War Machine's weakest links. He finds that Iron Man needs solar power and War Machine has trouble breathing. MODOK also shows the Mandarin when Iron Man betrayed Hawkeye, War Machine, and the rest of his team.
- On the DVD, this episode is numbered right after "Hulk Buster".
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