The first image of Mickey Rourke as the villain Whiplash in Iron Man 2 has arrived online ... and I'm kinda diggin' the whole get-up. He looks like a biker baddie; the sort of dude you don't want to meet down a dark alley. Here's Elisabeth Rappe reporting for Cinematical:

The first look at Mickey Rourke as Iron Man's new nemesis, Whiplash, has hit the Internet courtesy of USA Today. As it's a rather large photo, I've put it in our Iron Man 2 gallery below, so I hope you don't mind a little extra clicking!

Rourke is playing Ivan Vanko, a Russian ex-con (notice the prison tattoos) who has constructed his own version of an Iron Man suit. Of course, he has all kinds of nifty little additions such as a pair of whips, powered by the suit's glowing chest piece. But Jon Favreau won't say whether or not Vanko works for Stark Industries' rival Justin Hammer, as he does in the comics. "We like to play into and against the expectations that people might have so, we mixed it up a bit." Here he's making his first appearance not just online, but to the Marvel world at the Monaco Historic Grand Prix.

Check out a larger image over at Cinematical.

Discuss: Does Mickey Rourke look like the villain from an Iron Man movie or a rejected Mad Max character ... or both?
categories Movies, Sci-Fi