Marvel Comics' latest teenaged super-team, the Champions, have gone through some changes in recent months. Miles Morales and Amadeus Cho's solo books have come to an end, with Miles' status as Spider-Man up in the air and Amadeus working to control his mischevious Hulk persona. Viv Vision also had to deal with an evil twin sister, just to add another bit of drama to the festivities.
Things look to have settled down, as the group welcomed Ironheart (Riri Williams), Wasp (Nadia Pym) and the new character Snowguard to the team. But peace and quiet doesn't last long in the Marvel Universe, with heroes and villains vying for the six Infinity Stones in the Infinity Countdown miniseries.
The Champions find themselves caught up in the event, as Nova's arch-nemesis, Warbringer, tried to obtain the Power Stone so he can free his Chitauri brethren from being slaves of Thanos. Unable to even complete this task, Warbringer quickly turns to mass murder, deciding the Chitauri are better off dead than under the thumb of the Mad Titan. Now, the Champions find themselves stuck in the middle of a war that's technically none of their business -- they can either let Warbringer continue his vicious slaying of the Chitauri, or step in and stop him knowing the aliens are some of the most feared creatures in the cosmos.
Fighting On The Side Of A Mad Titan
Of course, the Champions choose to live up to their name by fighting for the Chitauri, ultimately defeating Warbringer before too many lives are lost. So a win for the Champions also means a win for Thanos, since the team helped get rid of a potential nuisance for him. When the evil villain tries to take credit for the Champions' good deed, Ironheart surprisingly steps up to object, showing Thanos no fear whatsoever.
Now, Ironheart may still be in the early stages of her superhero career, but she should know what happened to another armored hero that tried to stand up to Thanos.
War Machine (James "Rhodey" Rhodes) was with a group of heroes who faced off against Thanos in the opening moments of Civil War II. As you can see above, the confrontation didn't turn out particularly well for Rhodey, with his death causing a rift between Iron Man and Captain Marvel.
As for Ironheart, though she doesn't end up killed by Thanos' hands, she is altered in a way that drastically changes her status quo -- and she's not the only Champion to be changed by the end of the issue.