The Destruction of Tony Stark's Mansion was a semi-successful assassination attempt committed by Eric Savin on Aldrich Killian's orders. While Stark's home was destroyed and the world became convinced the billionaire was dead, Stark survived the attack and set out to uncover the true identity of the Mandarin.
- "Here's a little holiday greeting I've been wanting to send to the Mandarin... I just didn't know how to phrase it until now. My name is Tony Stark and I'm not afraid of you. I know you're a coward, so I've decided that you just died, pal. I'm gonna come get the body. There's no politics here, it's just good old-fashioned revenge. There's no Pentagon, it's just you and me. And on the off chance you're a man, here's my home address, 10-8-80 Malibu Point, 90265. I'll leave the door unlocked. That's what you wanted, right?"
- ―Iron Man to a group of reporters
Tony Stark was visiting his friend Happy Hogan at a hospital after an explosion at the Chinese Theatre. While leaving, multiple people tried to interview him. Someone asked why Stark had not killed the Mandarin by now. To this, he threatened the Mandarin publicly and on television, and also gave him his address so they could fight.
Three heavily armed helicopters led by Eric Savin fired a missile through the window of the mansion. Tony Stark made J.A.R.V.I.S. put the Mark XLII on Pepper Potts to protect her. Potts got Maya Hansen out of the building so that she did not get injured from debris. Stark tried to keep himself from getting killed from the missiles. When Potts and Hansen got out safely, Stark made J.A.R.V.I.S. fly the Mark XLII to him as the helicopters began firing with their miniguns.
As the house began to slide off the cliff, Stark used his repulsors to throw his piano at one of the helicopters, destroying it. With his Mark XLII suit malfunctioning, Stark threw one of his forearm rockets at the second helicopter and used his repulsor to detonate it. The out-of-control helicopter crashed into the mansion as the remaining helicopter fired several more missiles into the mansion, causing it to collapse and fall into the ocean with Stark inside.
Stark, caught up in the debris, was unable to avoid being buried by the rubble at the bottom of the ocean. J.A.R.V.I.S. removed the Mark XLII's glove and used it to pull Stark clear and fly him out of the ocean. J.A.R.V.I.S. auto-piloted the suit on the last flight plan to which it was programmed, which was Rose Hill, Tennessee.
With the world assuming he was killed in the attack, Tony Stark woke up in Rose Hill, Tennessee. A child named Harley Keener helped him discover more about the Mandarin's attacks before he was attacked by Ellen Brandt and Eric Savin. Stark also managed to get a message to Pepper Potts, telling her that he was still alive.