The Crimson Dynamo's Cameo in Iron Man 2

The Crimson Dynamo's Cameo in <i>Iron Man 2</i>

Jon Favreau and his film making crew managed to sneak the real Crimson Dynamo into the superhero sequel; did you catch this well hidden Easter egg?

Early last year it was announced that Mickey Rourke's character in Iron Man 2 would be a combination of two comic villains, Whiplash and the Crimson Dynamo. When the first clips of the film were released, fans got to see Rourke sporting modernized Whiplash-esque technology and a Russian accent, but no red armor. Later on down the road, the film's director Jon Favreau told the media that he only used the Crimson Dynamo's surname, Vanko, and modified backstory for Rourke's character; which had fans wondering if the real Dynamo would actually grace the big screen.

Well, he did; though not the way it was expected. Those who have seen Iron Man 2 know that the villainous Whiplash dons a fully armored suit at the film's climax. That suit, though effective for the scene, was an independent design and not influenced by the character's comic counterpart.

So where was the Crimson Dynamo? Leave it to Jon Favreau to find a way to subtly sneak him in...

Do you notice the name Boris Turgenev? In the film, Ivan Vanko (Rourke) was given that name on the forged passport and travel documents by a Ten Rings gangster in Russian. He subsequently used the same name for the orange jumpsuit he wore at the Monaco Grad Prix, when he faced down Tony Stark.

According to Marvel comic cannon, Boris Turgenev was the second Crimson Dynamo after Anton Vanko. Turgenev had a very short career as a super villain. In his first and only appearance in Marvel comics, Turgenev came to the United States with the Black Widow to kill Anton Vanko, Tony Stark, and Iron Man (who the public thought was one of Stark's bodyguards).

Turgenev almost carried out his mission, virtually defeating Iron Man with the stolen Crimson Dynamo suit. He was killed by Vanko, who, sacrificing his own life for the cause of freedom, fired an experimental and unstable laser pistol at the new Dynamo.

So there you have it; though it may not have been the Crimson Dynamo cameo a lot of people wanted, the filmmakers managed to squeeze a reference to him rather gracefully. And don't forget, Whiplash's father, who made a brief appearance in the film's opening sequence, had the name Anton Vanko; which happens to the the name of the first Crimson Dynamo from the comics. So not only did we get one Dynamo comic reference, we got two. Personally, I like seeing that someone took the time to specifically honor a film's source material; it's a practice that fans very much appreciate.

MPP - Well, this concludes my three part series of Iron Man 2 Easter eggs that were generally overlooked. If I find anymore after another viewing of the film, I'll be sure to let you all know. In case you missed them, there are the other two:

- Was Union Jack Referenced in Iron Man 2?

- Did Iron Man 2 Hint at Namor The Submariner?

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IndianFan - 5/14/2010, 11:05 PM
Good one. Am eagerly waiting for Howard Stark chest
spiderman1985 - 5/14/2010, 11:19 PM
very cool!
cbluem - 5/14/2010, 11:21 PM
Nice find
ViperXX79 - 5/14/2010, 11:34 PM
Was it a quinjet reference when the french guy in Monoco asked Tony about making electric jets?
InstigatorGIRL - 5/14/2010, 11:52 PM
HAHA. Nice. Granted I don't know that much about Iron Man and the Crimson Dynamo, etc., so nice to know!
ThePrince - 5/14/2010, 11:54 PM
Multi buddy, youve been hittin these easter eggs out the park. Nice detective work bro.
bsprecher - 5/15/2010, 12:18 AM
Very cool, Poni! That's the way to dig for details!
comicb00kguy - 5/15/2010, 12:22 AM
Damn. Didn't see this one in the theater! I always spot a lot more of these things the second time I see a movie. The first time, I'm more concerned with overall story and the performance of the actors. Nice job spotting this subtle little gem! It's little things like this that are what makes movies like this so special. I love directors that sweat the little details to do something RIGHT.
drfate - 5/15/2010, 12:26 AM
firestorm - 5/15/2010, 12:32 AM
LOL nice. Good eyes!
Joker08 - 5/15/2010, 1:16 AM
I love all of these easter eggs!
Thanks, Poni!

Oh, and I know you know this - so I know it's a typo; but you wrote "According to Marvel comic cannon, Boris Turgenev was the second Crimson Dynamo after Ivan Vanko." Anton was the first Crimson Dynamo - I just thought I'd point that out. I don't care, but I thought you might ;)

Anyway, thanks again for these!
satanors - 5/15/2010, 2:48 AM
i'm bored with all these easter eggs. they mean nothing
Denn1s - 5/15/2010, 4:26 AM
i think anton vanko was the first dynamo. so actually in the film, rourke's father was the dynamo...
LEEE777 - 5/15/2010, 5:07 AM
You've got to be JOKING???

It should have been in the end fight sequence instead of the lame sh1t we ended up getting!

ROURKE was cool till then (well apart from the dodgy start of course).

Very cool find though, that is a damn hard-to-spot bit!!!
BoydeyMcNerd - 5/15/2010, 6:26 AM
ViperXX79 - "Was it a quinjet reference when the french guy in Monoco asked Tony about making electric jets?"

I though perhaps he was talking about a HeliCarrier when this was mentioned due to the growing inclusion of SHIELD in these movies...quinjet definalty works to..
JoshWilding - 5/15/2010, 7:07 AM
Lol, interesting article MULTI but I think you've seen the movie a few too many times if you're noticing details as small as this! ;)
secretasianboy - 5/15/2010, 7:35 AM
wow multi how carefully did you watch the movie
Phinehas - 5/15/2010, 11:19 AM
"Personally, I like seeing that someone took the time to specifically honor a film's source material; it's a practice that fans very much appreciate."

Yes, me too. I also appreciate the time you took to put this together. Well done, sir!
mwkcope - 5/15/2010, 11:22 AM
The Crinsom Dynamo did have a physical cameo.Intro sequence.Whiplashes dad.
Summers - 5/15/2010, 12:36 PM
Wow! Great find, Multi!! I can't wait to see it again...and again...
skidz - 5/15/2010, 12:38 PM
John Faverau doesn't get nearly enough respect from the critics, mostly because they aren't fans who notice these things. If they only new what they were missing out on. 'The devil's in the details' and he definitely pays attention to them for the rest of us. This is what we get with a true fan and a smart movie maker in Hollywood! Not just some guy looking for a job who doesn't respect the material.
future0fcomixs - 5/15/2010, 1:47 PM
I'm a fan of the cameo of the red cube from marvel comics. Its in the books as Tony flips through his fathers old book, and its a cube that looks like it could be the one Red Skull tries to get
foxfan - 5/15/2010, 5:26 PM
good find. the movie was a blast
jjmeylar - 5/16/2010, 6:31 AM
Yeah, um, Anton was in the very first scene and was mentioned throughout the film: so the first TWO were in it.
Nightwing09 - 5/16/2010, 1:39 PM
Acerimmer1 - 5/17/2010, 7:46 AM
This is not a cameo it's a name on a badge. I thought you meant he was on the malfunctioning robot footage in court.
dczhen - 5/20/2010, 7:18 AM
Still wonder why big shot hollywood directors feel like they need to be clever etc.. Mixing up and mucking up villains and details like this. Leave what ain't broken alone I say. And I really hated Whiplash or is it the Dynamo in IM 2. And what they did to Ms. Romanova. Yes I'm a whining bitch I know.

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