The Ten Rings, an international terrorist organization, affiliated with members of the Congolese Army in the North Kivu region, to fulfill their quest of destabilizing multiple regions to induce global chaos.
These actions caught the eye of the United States Armed Forces, who tried to stop these insurgents during the field test for a new single pilot close-quarter combat vehicle, nicknamed the Aerodynamic Marvel. General Thaddeus Ross, officer in charge of the project, ordered the vehicle to deployed over Congo, in an operation monitored by Ross and lead designer Justin Hammer.
However, despite Hammer's claims that the vehicle was not vulnerable to surface-to-air attacks, the Congolese Army was able to shoot the plane down, leaving the pilot alone in hostile territory.
The Armed Forces recurred to Tony Stark to rescue the pilot, hoping Iron Man would fulfill the original mission of the Aerodynamic Marvel, making Stark kill the Congolese Army members in the area without blaming the Armed Forces, masquerading as an act of self-defense during the rescue mission.
The Congolese Army approached the vehicle, salvaging any piece of equipment they could and capturing the pilot, but Iron Man arrived just in time to save him from being executed by congolese soldiers waving the flag of the Ten Rings. However, he refused to kill the soldiers, disarming and knocking them down attacking the soil beneath them.