For months there was speculation as to which character Mickey Rourke would play in Iron Man 2. Since it was revealed that the character would be Russian, fans of the comic (myself included) speculated that he would play an armored nemesis of our favorite armored Avenger – either Titanium Man or The Crimson Dynamo. So when word came that Whiplash would be in the film, people thought maybe Sam Rockwell would play that character and we’d have a double-villain scenario.

Well we still have a double-villain thing happening in Iron Man 2: Rockwell will play business rival Justin Hammer and Rourke will definitely be playing the super-villain Whiplash, albeit as a Russian character – and we’ve got the first look at Mickey Rourke in full Whiplash gear for you right here thanks to!

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This looks like the Whiplash version of the Mark I Iron Man armor – very raw, just the basic components. Based on what Rourke is wearing I’d say this is probably the first time he’s donned the weaponry and I’ll bet that later on in the film, financed by Justin Hammer, he’ll have a protective suit as cool as Tony Stark’s armor.

So what do you think? Up to the standards of the the first film?

Iron Man 2 opens on May 7, 2010