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NOTE: This article is about the incarnation of Whiplash from the Marvel Cinematic film series. The mainstream version can be found here: Whiplash (Marvel).
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If you can make God bleed, the 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.
~ Ivan Vanko/Whiplash's speech to Tony Stark/Iron Man.
You lose!
~ Vanko's last words before ending his life using a self-destruct feature within his armor.

Ivan Vanko (in Russian: Иван Ванко), also known as Whiplash, is the main antagonist of the 2010 Marvel film Iron Man 2, the second installment of the Iron Man trilogy.

He was a disgruntled and merciless Russian physicist and the son of Howard Stark's disgraced partner Anton Vanko. Following his father's death, Ivan becomes obsessed with taking revenge on Howard's son Tony, feeling that Tony got what should have been his.

He was portrayed by Mickey Rourke, who also played Gorman Lennox in White Sands and Hyperion in Immortals.

Biography

Early life

Ivan was the son of Anton Vanko, a former Russian physicist who collaborated with Howard Stark, the father of Tony Stark. In fact, Anton originally collaborated with Howard to design the Arc Reactor which occupied the chest of Tony. While Howard desired to use the reactor for good, Anton was more interested in selling the technology in order to become rich.

Subsequently, Howard had Anton deported back to Russia. Upon Anton's return to Russia, the Soviets punished him for a failed collaboration with the United States and sent him into exile in northern Siberia, where he had to raise Ivan alone. When Anton died, Ivan vowed revenge on the Stark family.

Ivan designed an ARC Reactor himself, thanks to the notes that his father left him, and connected it to two electrified whips. At some point, Ivan was arrested at some point for selling nuclear secrets to Pakistan.

Iron Man 2

Disguised up as a race track worker after he gained a fake ID from a Ten Rings Agent, Ivan attacked Tony at the Monaco Historic Grand Prix, but was defeated by the superhero armor. As he was taken away by the Monaco Police, Ivan told Iron Man that he "lost" the fight, which the Monaco Police then corrected him. Following his defeat, Ivan was arrested and sent to jail, but was immediately freed by Justin Hammer, (an industrial competitor of Stark Industries), who wanted Ivan to work for him in order to manufacture armor that was comparable to Tony's and to equip to the US Military, which Stark refused to ally. Hammer offered a parrot to Ivan in order to convince him to work for him. But instead of making armor that was requested by Hammer, Ivan instead made many humanoid drones (known as Hammer Drones), which annoyed Hammer, who threatened to eliminate him.

Finally, while keeping Ivan under surveillance at the Hammer facility, Hammer presented the drones and a Mark III Armor that was piloted by Lieutenant Colonel James Rhodes at the "Stark Expo", the latter that was previously stolen from Stark on his birthday. But Ivan killed his guards, broke out of his room, took the remote control of the drones and the Mk III, and programmed them to kill Stark, who arrived shortly before. Stark and Rhodes then fought and ended their race in a river in a park under a giant dome, where Rhodes regained control of the equipment after Agent Natasha Romanoff (who penetrated the premises of Hammer Industries in order to disable the remote controls). Unfortunately, the Vanko Drones arrived under the dome and surrounded Stark and Rhodes, which, fortunately, easily managed to defeat them. But suddenly came Ivan, in a new armor that he had designed and defied Stark. Rhodes tried to detonate him with a homing missile that Hammer gave him, but the missile did not affect the armor.

Ivan gained the upper hand over them and caught them with two electric whips. But Stark suddenly had an idea, and recalled the explosion that was caused by the repulsor that Rhodes on the anniversary of Stark. Stark ordered Rhodes to fire his repulsor along with him, and through that, they managed to defeat Ivan, who was then heavily injured but then said to Stark: "You lose." Stark and Rhodes soon discovered that the drones that were scattered around them were programmed to self-destruct. They still managed to escape in time and Ivan died in the explosion, which indicated that Vanko was the one who really lost the fight.

What If...?

In the third episode "What If... the World Lost Its Mightiest Heroes?", Ivan Vanko makes a non-physical cameo appearance during a recap of the Watcher while looking at an alternate universe where all the candidates for the Avengers Initiative minus Captain America were all killed before the Avengers could be formed, allowing Loki to take over the Earth. During the recap, the Watcher looks at some events of the original universe, including Iron Man's battle against Whiplash in Monaco. That said, in the alternate universe where the episode's story takes place, Tony Stark is the very first candidate of the Avengers Initiative who is killed by Yellowjacket before he could defeat Vanko and Justin Hammer, so, whatever Vanko's fate was in this universe, he indirectly got to see Stark dead, so Yellowjacket technically did what Ivan's father wanted Ivan to do: to destroy the Stark legacy.

Personality

Despite his lowly upbringing and lack of resources, Ivan Vanko was a mechanical and technological genius. Ivan was extremely intelligent and was able to create his own Arc Reactor by using his father's old blueprints and whatever resources he could find. But instead of using his intellect for better purposes, Ivan solely focused on a vendetta with Tony Stark after his father caused his family to be shipped back to Russia. Ivan was shown to be very arrogant, and mocked and lied to Justin Hammer, a powerful businessman after he had just broken him out from life in prison. Ivan was an alcoholic which was a trait that he picked up from his father.

Quotes

Good to be back.
~ Whiplash preparing to battle Iron Man and War Machine in his new armor.


Trivia

  • Ivan Vanko was a combination of Whiplash and Crimson Dynamo (Anton Vanko).
    • Ivan's fake ID and alias on the Monaco Grand Prix track used the name Boris Turgenov, a reference to the second Crimson Dynamo's real name.
  • Unlike in the comics, Ivan's alias "Whiplash" was never mentioned in the film, just like Obadiah Stane.

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Iron Man 2
Whiplash
Hammer Industries: Justin Hammer | Jack | Hammer Drones
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Thor
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The Avengers
Loki Laufeyson
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Others: Vice President Rodriguez
Thor: The Dark World
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All Hail the King
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Others: Justin Hammer
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Others: Ulysses Klaue | Thanos
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Captain America: Civil War
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Ego
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Avengers: Endgame
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Spider-Man: Far From Home
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Kingpin | James Wesley | Leland Owlsley | Vanessa Marianna | Turk Barrett | Christian Blake | John Healy | Bill Fisk
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Watchdogs: Felix Blake | Holden Radcliffe | Aida
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Agent Carter (Season 2)
Whitney Frost | Dottie Underwood
Jessica Jones (Season 1)
Kilgrave | Will Simpson | Dorothy Walker | Audrey Eastman
Daredevil (Season 2)
The Hand: Nobu Yoshioka | Madame Gao
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Luke Cage (Season 1)
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Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D (Season 4)
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Watchdogs: Anton Ivanov | Tucker Shockley | Ellen Nadeer | Hellfire
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Iron Fist (Season 1)
Harold Meachum
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The Defenders
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Inhumans
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Iron Fist (Season 2)
Steel Serpent | Typhoid Mary | Turk Barrett
Daredevil (Season 3)
Kingpin | Bullseye | Vanessa Marianna | Tammy Hattley | Felix Manning | Rosalie Carbone
Runaways (Season 2)
Magistrate Family: Jonah
The Pride: Leslie Dean | Victor Stein | Janet Stein | Tina Minoru | Robert Minoru | Geoffrey Wilder | Catherine Wilder | Dale Yorkes | Stacey Yorkes
Others: Frank Dean | Darius Davis | Detective Flores | Topher | Anthony Wall/AWOL
The Punisher (Season 2)
Punisher | Anderson Schultz | John Pilgrim | Jigsaw | Eliza Schultz | Krista Dumont | Turk Barrett
Cloak & Dagger (Season 2)
D'Spayre | Mayhem | Detective Connors | Lia Dewan
Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. (Season 6)
Izel | Shrike
Sarge's Squad: Sarge | Snowflake | Jaco | Pax
Others: Malachi | Atarah | Dr. Leopold Fitz | Id Simmons | Isaiah | Baal-Gad
Jessica Jones (Season 3)
Trish Walker | Gregory Sallinger | Dorothy Walker
Runaways (Season 3)
The Coven: Morgan le Fay | Cassandra | Bronwyn
The Pride: | Victor Stein | Janet Stein | Leslie Dean | Tina Minoru | Robert Minoru | Geoffrey Wilder | Catherine Wilder | Dale Yorkes | Stacey Yorkes
Magistrate Family: Jonah
Others: Anthony Wall/AWOL
Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. (Season 7)
Nathaniel Malick | Sibyl | Luke | Abel | Wilfred Malick | Kora | John Garrett
Helstrom
Marduk Helstrom | Kthara | Basar | Magoth | Raum
WandaVision
Scarlet Witch | Agatha Harkness
Salem Witches Coven: Evanora Harkness
Others: Tyler Hayward | Skrulls
The Falcon and The Winter Soldier
Winter Soldier | Sharon Carter | Baron Zemo
Flag Smashers: Flag-Smasher | Dovich | Gigi | DeeDee | Lennox | Nico | Matias | Diego
LAF: Georges Batroc | Louie
Others: Senator Atwood | Valentina Allegra de Fontaine
Loki (Season 1)
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Time Variance Authority: He Who Remains | Ravonna Renslayer | Miss Minutes | Hunter D-90 | Minuteman 90018371
Others: Alioth
What If...? (Season 1)
Main Antagonists: Red Skull | HYDRA's Champion | The Collector | Yellowjacket | Strange Supreme | Zombies (Iron Man | Captain America | Hawkeye | Falcon | Doctor Strange | Wong | Ebony Maw | Cull Obsidian | Hank Pym | Janet van Dyne | Happy Hogan | Sharon Carter | Scarlet Witch | Thanos) | Prince Killmonger | Infinite Ultron
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See Also
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Comics
A.I.M. | Ani-Men | Arcade | Batroc | Beetle | Black Widow | Blizzard | Blood Brothers | Boomerang | Brothers Grimm | Collector | Commander Kraken | Count Nefaria | Crimson Dynamo | Crossbones | Crusher | Death's Head | Diablo | Doctor Doom | Doctor Octopus | Dreadknight | Ego | Ezekiel Stane | Fin Fang Foom | Firebrand | Fixer | Gargantus | Ghost | Gladiator | Goliath | Godzilla | Grant Ward | Graviton | Griffin | Growing Man | Hammerhead | Hand | HYDRA | Iron Monger | Justin Hammer | Kang | Killer Shrike | Living Laser | Lucia Von Bardas | Mad Pharaoh | Madame Masque | Madame Viper | Malekith | Mandarin | Masked Marauder | Melter | Mister Hyde | M.O.D.O.K. | Mole Man | Morgan le Fay | Nitro | Norman Osborn | Omega Red | Paladin | The Punisher (Earth-95126) | Radioactive Man | Red Ghost | Rhino | Ronan | Roxxon | Scarecrow | Secret Empire | Shocker | Shockwave | Simon Krieger | Skrulls | Super-Adaptoid | Super-Apes | Supreme Intelligence | Taskmaster | Technovore | Temugin | Thanos | Ten Rings | Thunderball | Thunderbolt Ross | Thundersword | Tinkerer | Titania | Titanium Man | Ultron | Unicorn | Vermin | Vulture | Warlord Krang | Whiplash | Whirlwind | Wrecker | Yellow Claw | Zodiac

Movies
The Invincible Iron Man: Mandarin | The Elementals | Deities of Death (Dormammu, Hela, Mephisto & Pluto)
Iron Man: Iron Monger | Ten Rings (Raza Hamidmi Al-Wazar, Abu Bakaar, Ahmed & Omar) | William Ginter Riva
Iron Man 2: Whiplash | Hammer Industries (Justin Hammer, Jack & Hammer Drones) | Ten Rings (Ten Rings Agent) | Senator Stern | Anton Vanko
Iron Man 3: A.I.M. (Aldrich Killian, Eric Savin, Trevor Slattery, Ellen Brandt, Sweat Shop Agent, Ponytail Express, Maya Hansen & Extremis Soldiers) | Vice President Rodriguez
Heroes United: Iron Man and Hulk: Zzzax
Heroes United: Iron Man and Captain America: HYDRA (Red Skull & Taskmaster)
All Hail the King: Trevor Slattery | Herman | Ten Rings (Jackson Norriss & The Mandarin) | White Power Dave | Justin Hammer

Television
Iron Man (1994): Mandarin | Whirlwind | Dreadknight | Backlash | Grey Gargoyle | Living Laser | M.O.D.O.K. | Fin Fang Foom | Justin Hammer | Beetle | Crimson Dynamo | Titanium Man | Madame Masque | Dark Aegis
Iron Man: Armored Adventures: Mandarin | Obadiah Stane | Madame Masque | Ghost | Zhang | Dreadknight | Crimson Dynamo | Titanium Man | Black Knight | Whiplash | Doctor Doom | Magneto | Unicorn | Count Nefaria | Fixer | M.O.D.O.K.

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