Synopsis for “What Price Life?”
People gathered outside Municipal Hospital awaiting Stark’s fate, including Janice Cord, Alex Nevsky, Happy Hogan and Pepper Potts, are informed by Captain America that the operation was a success: Stark will live. Unhappy to hear this, Midas tells Madame Masque they must alter their plans. Awoken by Dr. Jose Santini, Stark is told his heart’s new synthetic tissue is working fine, but to avoid unusual stress. Returning to his company pondering Iron Man’s future in light of Santini’s advice, Stark is abducted by Madame Masque and taken to Midas, who demands that Stark sign his fortune over to him. Visiting the imprisoned Stark, Masque reveals her disfigured face: he recognizes her as Whitney Frost and she releases him; despite her scars, he kisses her. Together they retrieve his attache case, but Midas ambushes them. Donning his armor, Stark defeats Midas, despite his fear of his new heart giving out. As Iron Man and Masque escape, Midas’ compound explodes, but Masque leaves Stark while he’s passed out from exertion.