Here’s Mickey Rourke in full Whiplash costume. Click the image for a high res version.
Whiplash (Mickey Rourke) 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.
This first image of the character shows Whiplash making an appearance at the Monaco Historic Grand Prix. Favreau as usual is tight-lipped about plot points and declines to discuss whether the big-screen Whiplash is, as in the Marvel Comics, a weapons designer who works for Justin Hammer (Sam Rockwell), a competitor of Tony Stark/Iron Man.
“We like to play into and against the expectations that people might have, so we mixed it up a bit,” Favreau says.
Rourke’s performances in Sin City and The Wrestler helped convince the director that the actor was the best candidate to face Downey in his sequel to last spring’s blockbuster that grossed $318.4 million.
“It was very important that the villain be as compelling as can be. … Once I thought of Mickey in that role, it made me understand how to shape the story.”
We recently reported that the Iron Man sequel would be filming some big actions scenes at the Monaco Grand Prix. With this in mind, the latest news is that the Iron Man 2 crew are building an enormous Monaco GP set complete with replica racetrack at Downey Studios in Downey, California.
One commenter at SHH suggests,
This is supposed to be the famous car racing scene where..stark is drunk as ironman and gets pissed because he bet on a race car that is losing and sabotages the races and blows up all the other cars..causing himm to fear is a hero or a natural villain…good stuff?
Coming via Pitdoc, AICN and the Las Vegas licensing show, we have updated Iron Man, Thor, Captain America and The Avengers logos, as well as an ‘Avengers Assemble’ badge.
Coming via Pitdoc, AICN and the Las Vegas licensing show, we have our first look at an Iron Man 2 poster, click for super high resolution.
Jon Favreau commented on the location in his tweets — here is a little confirmation from the base that Iron Man 2 filmed here, along with some pictures:
Scenes from the upcoming movie Ironman II were filmed here May 11 through 13, with the support of about 60 members of Team Edwards taking part as extras and technical advisors.
The director, Jon Favreau said he was excited to return to Edwards for the sequel for the landscape, but not for the way it looks but for the history it possesses and the professional Airmen and Marines here.
“All these real military assets make the movie more authentic and the topography and the beauty of the Desert and flightline open the movie up,” he said. “But it’s the rich history of the location and the deep roots it has with flight that gives Tony Stark and his father a pedigree in the aerospace industry.”
Coming Soon were sent some pictures of a construction site bearing the ‘Rasputin’ working title at the entrance. It all looks very big. You can find this at the foot of the Sepulveda Dam in L.A.
Latino Review have received some concept art in the post claiming to be Mickey Rourke’s Whiplash in Iron Man 2. The style of the image is inline with concept designs, the Rourke-ness and details are non-distinct, something a faker probably wouldn’t do. We’ll have to wait and see if it’s the real deal or not.
On Location News have posted a selection of overly watermarked ‘for sale’ paparazzi images from the latest Randy’s Donuts shoot. Due to the commercial nature of the images I cannot include them here, but I can give you guys the link and a screenshot of the thumbnails. This is our first look at Nick Fury in Iron Man 2, with the familiar eye patch and trench coat. There are also many more shots of Robert Downey Jr. in the Iron Man suit, one includes the helmet being passed to him.
MAY 6th LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA **EXCLUSIVE** Robert Downey Jr. filming Iron Man 2. In this funny scene, Iron Man takes a doughnut break in the hole of a giant doughnut shop sign which is an LA landmark. Samuel L. Jackson as Nick Fury is below and ask Iron Man if he would like some coffee with his doughnuts.