Mickey Rourke as Whiplash in IRON MAN 2

USA Today has our first look at Mickey Rourke in character as Whiplash from Iron Man 2. Featured alongside the photograph is a brief article with quotage from director Jon Favreau on the upcoming film.

Whiplash (Mickey Rourke) sports a power pack on his chest that looks similar to the one that Iron Man (Robert Downey Jr.) uses.

“The technologies are definitely related,” says director Jon Favreau. “That’s part of the core theme of the film.”

According to IMDB, Iron Man 2 is due for release on May 7, 2010.