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Whiplash (Anton Vanko)

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| real_name = Anton Vanko
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| identity = Secret
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| occupation = Unrevealed
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| citizenship = Russia
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| place_of_birth = Volstok, Chukotka Autonomous Okrug, Russia
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| relatives = Igor Vanko (father, deceased)
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| height = 6'
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| weight = 235 lbs.
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| eyes = Brown
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| powers = Four of the fingers on Vanko’s right hand have been replaced by sophisticated metal prosthetics of his own design. As Whiplash, Vanko wears polymorphic infrared contact lenses of his own design which grant him night vision and the ability to perceive thermographic images through solid, opaque structures. Vanko’s Whiplash body armor was created from the remnants of the Iron Man Mark 16 body armor used to attack Volstok, Russia. The primary layer is composed of molecularly-aligned crystallized iron over a base of titanium nitride. The armor is powered by high-density storage battery AC/DC electricity.
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| abilities = Vanko is a gifted electrical engineer and inventor, and a skilled hand-to-hand combatant, having extensively trained himself in a fighting style which takes advantage of his body armor’s specialized capabilities.
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| weapons = The armor’s main weaponry are two “whips” constructed from the copper wire component of the electromagnet that powered the Mark 16 body armor’s armature electric motors. Two forearm gauntlets contain spring-loaded whips that can extend to a maximum length of approximately 25 feet. The whips extend from and retract into points on the gauntlets beneath Whiplash’s wrists. The whips can be used for a variety of offensive and defensive maneuvers. Whiplash primarily uses the energy charged whips as offensive weapons that can burn through steel. However, when the whips’ polarities are reversed, they can be utilized as grappling devices. They can be spun defensively at speeds of up to 12,000 revolutions per minute, effectively forming protective shields capable of deflecting bullets. They can also be used as propellers which grant Whiplash limited flight capability.
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| debut = Iron Man vs. Whiplash #1 (2009)
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| significant_issues = Iron Man vs. Whiplash #1-#4 (2009-2010)
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Electrical engineer Anton Vanko lived with his family in Volstok, Russia, home of a resistance movement seeking to secede from the Russian Federation. High-ranking officials within the Russian government contracted with the secretive international consortium known as the Iron Axis to covertly kill the separatists. Using biological material obtained from Anthony Stark without his knowledge, the Iron Axis had earlier created a series of imperfect Stark clones which they used to infiltrate Stark Industries’ corporate headquarters on Long Island, New York. Breaching Stark’s private laboratory over a span of years, the clones stole Iron Man armor technology and then hacked into Stark’s inventory database to cover their thefts. Iron Axis sent one of its Stark clones, outfitted in Iron Man Mark 16 body armor, to attack Volstok. The clone destroyed the village and massacred more than 3000 of its inhabitants, including Vanko’s father, separatist leader Igor Vanko. Enraged, Vanko shot the attacking clone out of the sky with a makeshift pulse rifle, causing the chest plate of the Iron Man armor to fall to the ground nearby. Vanko reached for the chest plate, but severely burned four of his fingers on an exposed, energized wire. Iron Axis clandestinely retrieved the clone’s body.
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However, a North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) satellite surveying the region at the time captured grainy images of someone attacking Volstok equipped with Iron Man body armor and a Russian tracking station scanned the clone as it crossed their border—picking up a faint bio-signature that matched Stark’s breathing, heart rate and electroencephalography. As a result, Stark was placed on trial for crimes against humanity at the International Criminal Court (ICC) in The Hague, Netherlands. Meanwhile, Vanko remained isolated in the abandoned ruins of Volstok, where he retro-engineered the Iron Man Mark 16 body armor obtained during the attack to construct his own armaments. As Whiplash, he traveled to the ICC Detention Center, where he planned to kill the imprisoned Stark with the very weapons that were used to kill his friends and family. However, Stark escaped Whiplash’s assault using a suit of makeshift body armor he assembled in the detention center. When Stark tracked the Iron Axis to a Japanese island, Vanko followed him and reluctantly joined forces with Stark to defeat the Axis’ Iron Man clones. Even after Stark rebuilt Volstok, Vanko still blamed him for creating the technology that killed his father, but set his sights on exacting vengeance upon the Russian government.
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Current revision as of 17:24, 25 March 2010

 

Universe
Marvel Universe

Real Name
Anton Vanko

Aliases
None

Identity
Secret

Citizenship
Russia

Place of Birth
Volstok, Chukotka Autonomous Okrug, Russia

First Appearance
Iron Man vs. Whiplash #1 (2009)

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Electrical engineer Anton Vanko lived with his family in Volstok, Russia, home of a resistance movement seeking to secede from the Russian Federation. High-ranking officials within the Russian government contracted with the secretive international consortium known as the Iron Axis to covertly kill the separatists. Using biological material obtained from Anthony Stark without his knowledge, the Iron Axis had earlier created a series of imperfect Stark clones which they used to infiltrate Stark Industries’ corporate headquarters on Long Island, New York. Breaching Stark’s private laboratory over a span of years, the clones stole Iron Man armor technology and then hacked into Stark’s inventory database to cover their thefts. Iron Axis sent one of its Stark clones, outfitted in Iron Man Mark 16 body armor, to attack Volstok. The clone destroyed the village and massacred more than 3000 of its inhabitants, including Vanko’s father, separatist leader Igor Vanko. Enraged, Vanko shot the attacking clone out of the sky with a makeshift pulse rifle, causing the chest plate of the Iron Man armor to fall to the ground nearby. Vanko reached for the chest plate, but severely burned four of his fingers on an exposed, energized wire. Iron Axis clandestinely retrieved the clone’s body.

However, a North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) satellite surveying the region at the time captured grainy images of someone attacking Volstok equipped with Iron Man body armor and a Russian tracking station scanned the clone as it crossed their border—picking up a faint bio-signature that matched Stark’s breathing, heart rate and electroencephalography. As a result, Stark was placed on trial for crimes against humanity at the International Criminal Court (ICC) in The Hague, Netherlands. Meanwhile, Vanko remained isolated in the abandoned ruins of Volstok, where he retro-engineered the Iron Man Mark 16 body armor obtained during the attack to construct his own armaments. As Whiplash, he traveled to the ICC Detention Center, where he planned to kill the imprisoned Stark with the very weapons that were used to kill his friends and family. However, Stark escaped Whiplash’s assault using a suit of makeshift body armor he assembled in the detention center. When Stark tracked the Iron Axis to a Japanese island, Vanko followed him and reluctantly joined forces with Stark to defeat the Axis’ Iron Man clones. Even after Stark rebuilt Volstok, Vanko still blamed him for creating the technology that killed his father, but set his sights on exacting vengeance upon the Russian government.


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