Tony Stark has taken on yet another unexpected ally, and they’ve landed him back in a classic suit of Iron Man armor whether he wanted to be or not.
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M.O.D.O.K. is easily one of the most intelligent villains in the Marvel Universe. Though his stature might not project it, he’s also one of the deadliest. Of course, this doesn’t mean he never needs help, even if he would rather not admit it. Currently, M.O.D.O.K. has teamed up with a reluctant yet enthusiastic Tony Stark, the two of them about to go undercover at one of the world’s most dangerous conventions. Their disguises might be surprisingly good, but Tony can still pull off a classic look.
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After being ousted from his position as one of the leaders of A.I.M. due to false memories that have been clouding his mind, M.O.D.O.K. sought out Tony Stark as the only mind capable to help him get through whatever is causing his ailments. It would be easy enough for Tony to fix M.O.D.O.K.’s damaged mechanical mind if the tech he needed hadn’t been previously stolen by the villain. M.O.D.O.K. knows where what they need has gone, though, and so the two put on their best disguises to go crash the Criminal Technology Show, where all the best and worst minds of the supervillain community are gathered.
Tony can sneak in under the guise of a Hydra soldier with ease, but M.O.D.O.K.’s recognizable frame leaves him less capable of putting on any facade he wants. Luckily, there is another evil scientist who looks enough like M.O.D.O.K. to make it work. After some tinkering, he can put together a surprisingly convincing disguise as Arnim Zola. Once arrived at the convention, Stark is taken back by the idea that he can’t buy their way in, but M.O.D.O.K. has the entry fee taken care of by presenting the doormen with a suit of Silver Centurion Iron Man armor. That particular suit is one that Tony hasn’t been seen in for quite some time, but it’s still more than enough to get him and his new partner into the show with no further questions asked.
Scouring the convention floor doesn’t help them find what they’ve come for, though M.O.D.O.K. soon discovers where they need to look. A secret auction room, one accessible only with a secret password and by being transported through random dimensions is the location of their quarry, and Tony puts his drinking to good use by plying the Master with booze until he slurs out exactly the information they need. Tony and M.O.D.O.K. make their way to the auction room quickly, after disposing of the Serpent Society which M.O.D.O.K. has beaten to bloody pulps during one of his trances, and the tech they’ve come for is up for auction almost as soon as they find their seats. Unfortunately, Cobra was left unrestrained by the two, allowing him to blow their cover and turn every eye in the room their way.
This is only a minor inconvenience for M.O.D.O.K. The suit that M.O.D.O.K. used for their entry is, of course, nothing more than another of his puppets. With a thought, he brings it stumbling into the room to rejoin with its former owner, and between the now armored Stark and an army of mini-M.O.D.O.K.s made from a Super Adaptoid, nobody stands a chance at preventing their escape with the tech they had come for. Within hours the two are back at Stark’s lab and M.O.D.O.K.’s mind has been repaired, though this still doesn’t give him the answers he was looking for.
It turns out that whatever was causing M.O.D.O.K.’s bleeding memories isn’t new, and it isn’t an attack on him by outside forces. Rather, the program leads back all the way to the character’s origins, before he was the giant-headed villain we know now. It might not be the truth that M.O.D.O.K. was searching for, but if nothing else, he’s one step closer to wherever this journey is taking him.
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