While the world awaits word from the world premiere of James Cameron's Avatar, Paramount is combating that buzz with a little buzz of their own. The studio has just released a character poster for Mickey Rourke's Whiplash in Iron Man 2. This poster debut follows last week's one-sheet featuring Iron Man and War Machine standing back-to-back, and one imagines the studio will next debut a character poster for Scarlett Johansson's Black Widow, as well as one for Sam Rockwell's Justin Hammer. And hey, if we're lucky enough maybe we'll get a solo poster for Samuel L. Jackson's Nick Fury (the fanboys would go wild for that).
Rumor has it that a trailer for Iron Man 2 will be attached to either James Cameron's Avatar or Sherlock Holmes later this month. Holmes seems like the logical choice, though screening it alongside Avatar will guarantee that the sequel's core fanbase will be there to devour it. In the poster above, you'll see Whiplash in what will most likely not be his full finished costume. He's standing in front of a wall full of Tony Stark-related newspaper articles, because, well, everyone knows the psychotic villains in movies need to obsessively collect newspaper clippings featuring their nemesis. It's just a rule, ya know?
Check out the full poster (courtesy of Apple) below. Iron Man 2 hits theaters on May 7th.