In the wake of Mickey Rourke’s Whiplash picture being released, I figured I would throw up a quick little comparison of the Whiplash from the comics vs. the new version from the upcoming Iron Man 2.
Comics: “Mark Scarlotti was a brilliant engineer and weapons designer that had expert fighting skills with a whip and nunchakus. He was also a moderate hand-to-hand combatant.”
“Former agent of Trevor Donohue, Justin Hammer, weapons designer and agent of the Maggia, head of research for Stark International Cincinnati”
Iron Man 2: “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.”
Verdict: Aside from the name changing and some costume alterations, the two characters appear to be pretty similar . Although it wasn’t stated above, Rourke’s Whiplash is also believed to be working for Justin Hammer, played by Sam Rockwell.
To read up more Whiplash’s history from the comics head over to the Marvel Universe entry on the character