Marvel Entertainment has released the first picture of Mickey Rourke as the well-equipped baddie Whiplash in ‘Iron Man 2’. Personally I think Rourke is a great actor but he looks like He-Man’s grandfather in this ridiculous getup. Whiplash sports a power pack on his chest that looks similar to the one that Iron Man (Robert Downey Jr.) uses.
“The technologies are definitely related,” says director Jon Favreau. “That’s part of the core theme of the film.”
The villain’s alter ego, Ivan Vanko, is a Russian who “has constructed his own version of a suit,” Favreau says. Among the creative innovations: a pair of whips, powered by the suit’s glowing chest piece, that are expected to keep Iron Man cracking.
“Iron Man 2” stars Robert Downey Jr. as Tony Stark/Iron Man and is directed once again by Jon Favreau. The film opens May 7, 2010. Iron Man (Ultimate Two-Disc Edition) is available on Blu-ray.