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Ivan Vanko is the main villain in Iron Man 2. He goes by the alias, "Whiplash". Courtesy of Justin Hammer, Vanko wears a bullet-proof outfit and wields a pair of cybernetically-controlled titanium whips that can extend to be swung fast enough to deflect bullets, or become rigid and be used as nunchaku or vaulting-poles. Whiplash also carries a variety of devices in a weapons pouch, including anti-gravity bolas and a necro-lash which releases electrical energy generated by his gauntlets. Vanko is a reasearch engineer, and weapons design specialist, with a college degree for engineering.