Iron Man 2 photos released, including Mickey Rourke as Whiplash!

We’ve only just scratched the surface of blockbuster summer movies of 2009, yet a taste of things to come next year is already being shown to fans. New photos from the in-production set of Iron Man 2 have hit the internet. The film isn’t due in theatres until May 7, 2010, but already, fans are clamoring for a glimpse of what they can expect.

Robert Downey, Jr. is back in the title role, as is Gwyneth Paltrow as his secretary, Pepper Potts. Although his cameo came at the end of the first Iron Man flick, Samuel L. Jackson’s role of Nick Fury has been expanded in the new film. New additions to the cast this time around include acclaimed actor Don Cheadle stepping into Terence Howard’s role of Col. James “Rhodey” Rhodes, Scarlett Johanson as Black Widow, and Mickey Rourke as the film’s Russian villain, Whiplash.

So far, no photos of any snazzy new Iron Man suits have been leaked, however, the first photo of Mickey Rourke suited up in his gear as Iron Man villain, Whiplash, has been released!

Mickey Rourke as Whiplash in Iron Man 2

The character is a combination of a Russian villain from the classic Marvel Iron Man comic known as “Crimson Dynamo” and another villain, Whiplash. As you can see, the Russian aspect of the character has been played up with Russian prison tattoos as part of the costume with a very minimal sort of body armor as part of Whiplash’s look. Additionally, it looks like he’s wearing orange prison inmate pants.

Get ready, because this just might be the “it” costume of 2010!

So far, no photos have been leaked of Scarlet Johansen in her Black Widow attire, however, Iron Man’s director, Jon Favreau said on his Twitter account: “Scarlett’s first day on set in the black Widow outfit. You’ve never heard a crew get so quiet so fast.”

Not even a mock-up of the costume sketches has been floating around, but if the comics themselves are an indicator of what Ms. Johanson may be wearing in the film, here’s what you could be looking at:

Black Widow

Til then, content yourself with both the classic Iron Man costume from the comics and the more metallic, streamlined look sported by Robert Downey Jr. from the first film. Additionally, check out how to make your own DIY Nick Fury costume that would make Samuel L. Jackson proud! (Hey, he should know! Sam the Man is a big comics fan, too!)

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