Appearing in "Believe 1 of 5: Demons and Genies"
- United States of America
- Iron Man's Briefcase
- Iron Man Armor Model 42 (First appearance)
- Extremis (Appears on a computer screen, TV, or hologram only)
Synopsis for "Believe 1 of 5: Demons and Genies"
Iron Man flies above the city, thinking about what he believes and does not believe in. Later he chats up a blonde at a night club, and lots of exposition follows. Meanwhile, in Argentina, a ragged Maya Hansen escapes from a sewage drain and grabs a cellphone from a woman nearby. She manages to send a pre-recorded message before an Extremis-enhanced A.I.M. goon arrives and fries her.
Tony has brought the blonde home, but has to send her home, as he receives the message from Maya - that she is probably dead, and that Extremis is loose. Twenty minutes later, he discusses the situation with Pepper (with more exposition) - Maya has been kidnapped and forced to recreate Extremis.
Sixteen hours later, Tony has used his contacts to make it into the exclusive A.I.M. auction. He attempts to hack into the systems locally, but his viral upload is detected. Confronted by a security check-up, his briefcase proves full of a metallic liquid that quickly forms his new suit around him. The three Extremis-powered A.I.M. agents attack him, with the typical super strength and fire breathing of the standard. Iron Man finds it unimaginative - Extremis will be much more dangerous in the hands of someone with vision. He takes out the goons with an armor-piercing taser set to the right frequency - a solution he found so he would not be forced to kill someone like Mallen again.
Under threats, the A.I.M. leader reveals he has sold four Extremis kits already, and this is consistent with Iron Man's findings. Iron Man promises to Maya he'll "put her demons back in the bottle".
-Tony Stark—Iron Man: Technological visionary, wealthy playboy, unparalleled engineer, and armored Avenger. His greatest invention becomes his greatest mistake. Iron Man must act fast…and Tony Stark must build faster! The lethal techno virus Extremis is out in the wild and out for grabs to the highest bidder! It’s up to Tony Stark to contain it and that means creating a new suit of armor…NOW!
- Adi Granov's variant cover originally featured the armor painted red and gold, but it was re-colored digitally in order to match the palette of the armor in the comic.