|“||If you can make God bleed, then people will cease to believe in him. And there will be blood in the water, and the sharks will come. The truth, all I have to do is sit here and watch, as the world will consume you.||„|
|~ Vanko's speech to Tony|
|~ Vanko's most famous line|
Ivan Vanko, also known as Whiplash, is the main antagonist of the 2010 Marvel movie, Iron Man 2.
He was portrayed by Mickey Rourke.
Vanko was a disgruntled Russian Physicist, not much is known about his early life, other than seeing his father, Anton Vanko, die. Angry about this, and other lives that Stark, the family rival, has killed. Whiplash promises to make revenge on Iron Man (seeing as Iron Man (Tony Stark) is a member of the Stark family himself). First, he builds an arc reactor similar to Iron Man's. Then he starts to build lightning whips while he is watching Tony on TV. After he is done, he immediately cuts the television in half.
While searching for his father's blueprints, Vanko attacks Tony Stark, AKA, Iron Man, with two electrified whips during the Historic Grand Prix of Monaco. Stark defeats him with his new Iron Man suit, and Vanko was sent to prison.
Later, he escapes from prison to get revenge on Stark and in the employ of industrialist Justin Hammer, he creates an army of android suits called the Hammer Drones. He planned to use the drones to ruin Stark's name, as he did his family's 40 years ago by wrecking the Stark Expo. After his army of Hammer Drones were defeated, Vanko (now wearing an upgraded Whiplash suit), Stark, and Stark's partner James Rhodes, AKA War Machine (Later Iron Patriot), come face to face in a final showdown. After Vanko was defeated when both Stark and Rhodes shoot him with their beams and commits suicide by activating self-destruct mechanisms in the Hammer Drones and on his own armor. Stark and Rhodes flies off and all the drones and Vanko's suit explodes.
Despite his lowly upbringing and lack of resources, Vanko was a mechanical and technological genius. He is extremely intelligent, able to create his own arc reactor using his father's old blueprints and whatever resources he could find but instead of using his intellect for better purposes he solely focuses on a vendetta with Tony Stark after his father caused his family to be shipped back to Russia. He has shown to be very arrogant, mocking and lying to Justin Hammer a powerful businessman after he had just broke him out from life in prison. Vanko was an alcoholic which was a trait he picked up from his father, Anton.
- Whiplash is slightly similar to Rasputin as both villains are Russians who vow a grudge on a family that causes their demises.
- Ivan Vanko is a combination of Whiplash and Crimsom Dynamo. The Aton Vanko version.
- Unlike in the comics, Ivan's alias "Whiplash" was never mentioned in the film, just like Obadiah Stane.