Taken from a scene set during the Monaco Historic Grand Prix, the photo shows the first appearance of the character – Russian Ivan Vanko who has “constructed his own version of a suit”. Some alterations however include a pair of whips powered by the chest piece.
As for that chest piece, which looks much like Tony Stark’s? “The technologies are definitely related, and that’s part of the core theme of the film,” says Favreau.
In the comics the character is a weapons designer who works for Tony Stark’s billionaire rival Justin Hammer, whom Sam Rockwell is playing.