First look: Mickey Rourke as Whiplash in Iron Man 2

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Dec 14, 2012, 3:54 PM EST

USA Today has posted the first image of Iron Man 2 star Mickey Rourke in costume as the villainous Ivan/Whiplash (click through to see the full image).

Whiplash sports a power pack on his chest that looks similar to the repulsor tech used by Iron Man (Robert Downey Jr.).

"The technologies are definitely related, and that's part of the core theme of the film," director Jon Favreau told the newspaper.

The character's alter ego, Ivan Vanko, is a Russian who has constructed his own version of a suit. Among the creative alterations: a pair of whips, powered by the suit's glowing chest piece, expected to keep Iron Man cracking.

This first image of the character shows the villain making an appearance at the Monaco Historic Grand Prix.

Iron Man 2 opens May 7, 2010.