First Look at Mickey Rourke as Whiplash in Iron Man 2

Whoa! Here’s your first look at a heavily tattooed Mickey Rourke playing a Russian supervillain name Whiplash. According to USAToday, Rourke’s character will be called Ivan Vanko.

Whiplash (Mickey Rourke) sports a power pack on his chest that looks similar to the one used by Iron Man (Robert Downey Jr.). “The technologies are definitely related, and that’s part of the core theme of the film,” says director Jon Favreau.

The character’s alter ego, Ivan Vanko, is a Russian who, Favreau says, “has constructed his own version of a suit.” Among the creative alterations: a pair of whips, powered by the suit’s glowing chest piece, expected to keep Iron Man cracking. Whiplash “is going to light them up,” says Rourke.

This first image of Rourke was Whiplash shows the Russian villain making an appearance at the Monaco Historic Grand Prix. Apparently he doesn’t feel like wearing armor like his Yankee counterpart.



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  • http://www.originalgeekspodcast.com/ Dedpool aka Jiinx

    I’m hoping this is just the endo-skeleton of the suit he wears. I hope it looks closer to what the sketch that was released a month or so ago looked like. I love the Russion Mob tattoos. See “Eastern Promises” for a great explanation of their importance. I like the idea that the tats show and that it won’t be full armor, but the “harness look needs a little more to it.

  • Dedpool378

    I’m hoping this is just the endo-skeleton of the suit he wears. I hope it looks closer to what the sketch that was released a month or so ago looked like. I love the Russion Mob tattoos. See “Eastern Promises” for a great explanation of their importance. I like the idea that the tats show and that it won’t be full armor, but the “harness look needs a little more to it.

  • http://myspace.com/hulksmashnow HulkSmashNow

    Good God Almighty, can that look any worse? Also, Whiplash is an Italian-American, not a Russian! Geez, I hope the rest of the movie looks better than this.

    • http://www.originalgeekspodcast.com/ Dedpool aka Jiinx

      there’s a possibility they may be mixing villains origins. Truth be told most people don’t know who Whiplash is, let alone his origin or nationality. And thd as long as they go with a basic premise for the character, doesnt really matter where he’s from. This looks like a Crimson Dynamo/Whiplash mash-up. Iron Monger from the first film was more like Firepower in size than the Iron Monger from the comics, and up until the very end the armor was listed as Crimson Dynamo in pre-production.

  • http://myspace.com/hulksmashnow HulkSmashNow

    Good God Almighty, can that look any worse? Also, Whiplash is an Italian-American, not a Russian! Geez, I hope the rest of the movie looks better than this.

    • Dedpool378

      there’s a possibility they may be mixing villains origins. Truth be told most people don’t know who Whiplash is, let alone his origin or nationality. And thd as long as they go with a basic premise for the character, doesnt really matter where he’s from. This looks like a Crimson Dynamo/Whiplash mash-up. Iron Monger from the first film was more like Firepower in size than the Iron Monger from the comics, and up until the very end the armor was listed as Crimson Dynamo in pre-production.

  • http://www.youtube.com/xin0 xino

    looks sick!

    Can’t wait!

    Still need to get Iron Man 1 on Blu-Ray

  • http://www.youtube.com/xin0 xino

    looks sick!

    Can’t wait!

    Still need to get Iron Man 1 on Blu-Ray