Iron Man 2 Casting Rumors: Mickey Rourke and Sam Rockwell as Villains

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Iron Man might have found his new arch rivals.

Rumors are swirling that Mickey Rourke and Sam Rockwell will be cast in the sequel, which is scheduled for a May 2010 release.

Rourke, Iron Man

Rourke, who is currently garnering Oscar buzz for his role in The Wrestler, would play a tattooed Russian named Ivan. He eventually becomes Whiplash, a man with deadly, technologically enhanced coils.

Rockwell would portray Justin Hammer, a billionaire businessman that often feuds Tony Stark. You can currently see the actor in Frost/Nixon, playing David Frost's researcher, writer James Reston, Jr.

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Iron Man 2 Quotes

Ivan Vanko: [watching Stark on TV] You come from a family of thieves, and butchers. And like all guilty men, you try to rewrite your history, to forget all the lives the Stark family has destroyed.
[later, he works on a machine]
Ivan Vanko: There will be blood in the water, and the sharks will come...

Tony Stark: [about to jump out of a plane] Okay, give me a smooch for good luck, I might not make it back!
[Instead, Pepper kisses the "lips" of Stark's helmet and throws it out of the plane]
Pepper Potts: Go get 'em, boss!
Tony Stark: [diving after the helmet] You complete me!

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