"Give me a phat beat to beat my buddy’s ass to."
Iron Man to his DJ[src]

The Duel at Tony Stark's Mansion was a confrontation between Tony Stark and James Rhodes, the latter using the Mark II suit to prevent his best friend from hurting any of the civilians observing them.


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"Pepper. This is ridiculous. I just stuck my neck out for this guy!"
"I know. I know. I get it. I’m gonna handle it, okay? Just let me handle it."
"Handle it. Or I’m gonna have to."
James Rhodes and Pepper Potts[src]

Tony Stark suffering from Palladium poisoning.

Tony Stark, dying from Palladium poisoning caused by his Arc Reactor, asked his new secretary Natalie Rushman what she would do if it was her last birthday party. Rushman answered that she would do whatever she wanted with whomever she wanted. Stark decided to throw a party in his Iron Man Mark IV suit and became drunk. In addition, Stark brought a mass of people to enjoy his birthday party, causing James Rhodes to decide to use the Mark II suit to stop him.[4]


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"You don't deserve to wear one of these. Shut it down!"
James Rhodes to Iron Man[src]

Rhodes asked Stark to stop and remove the armor but Stark refuses and both of them face up to the training room where they do personal combat. Stark and Rhodes both throw peza disc portions at each other, then face off at a bar of Stark's, then Rhodes tells Stark to lose the metal suit. Stark refuses and the two friends face the beating to each other, but then released each other back to the party where Stark leaves the unconscious Rhodes and then frightened civilians but Rhodes recovered and raises the repulsor ray hand to Stark and he does the same and the repulsor rays are fired and when hitting each other, an explosion is generated.[4]


"I not only saved Tony Stark's life, but I also provided the guidance he needed to finish his father's work."
Nick Fury to the World Security Council[src]

Stark was found by Nick Fury at Randy's Donuts where he and Black Widow, dropping her disguise as "Natalie Rushman", gave Stark a temporary cure to his Palladium poisoning.

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Rhodes then took the Mark II and presented it to the government, which in turn presented it to Justin Hammer to arm it and make it the War Machine suit. However, Ivan Vanko tried to use the suit, along with several other robots, to destroy Stark in the Battle at Stark Expo.[4]