First Look: Mickey Rourke As Whiplash In ‘Iron Man 2’

Paramount has released the first peek at Mickey Rourke as Whiplash, and he’s geared up to wreak havoc for Tony Stark in “Iron Man 2”

The actor is seen sporting a partial exoskeleton with a power pack on his chest reminiscent of Iron Man’s own.

The character’s alter ego, Ivan Vanko, is a Russian who “has constructed his own version of a suit,” director Jon Favreau told USA Today. He also wields a pair of whips, which are powered by his exoskeleton and should make him a formidable foe for the armored superhero.

Rourke told the paper that Whiplash “is going to light them up.”

Whiplash, along with The Black Widow (Scarlett Johansson) will take on Iron Man in the eagerly anticipated sequel, due in theaters May 7, 2010.

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