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Stephen Schleicher

Stephen Schleicher

Stephen Schleicher began his career writing for the Digital Media Online community of sites, including Digital Producer and Creative Mac covering all aspects of the digital content creation industry. He then moved on to consumer technology, and began the Coolness Roundup podcast. A writing fool, Stephen has freelanced for Sci-Fi Channel's Technology Blog, and Gizmodo. Still longing for the good ol' days, Stephen launched Major Spoilers in July 2006, because he is a glutton for punishment.

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  1. Jacin B
    December 11, 2009 at 9:17 am — Reply

    Who is he supposed to be again?

    • LeLoup
      December 11, 2009 at 9:35 am — Reply

      Mickey Rourke is Whiplash. And, and the poster is an early stage of the costume, kinda like the Mark I

      • Jacin B
        December 11, 2009 at 11:28 am — Reply

        I know. I just don’t like that they’re melding two characters — Blacklash and Crimson Dynamo — to come up with this guy. But, we’ll see how it turns out …

        • LeLoup
          December 11, 2009 at 1:39 pm — Reply

          Unless you’re talking about the Thunderbolt’s Blacklash; Whiplash was a long standing villian that changed his name to Blacklash after an upgrade in equpment then went back to Whiplash after another upgrade in equipment.

  2. December 11, 2009 at 10:19 am — Reply

    I think there’s something wrong with his lightsabers…

    • Brent
      December 11, 2009 at 3:02 pm — Reply

      Smilin’ Bob should loan him some Enzyte for those lightsabers. Or Cialis, for up to 36 hours of readiness to kill your arch enemy.

      Seriously though, a “whip” seems inherently limiting in terms of creating a character to fight a guy who can fire repulsor rays from afar.

      • December 11, 2009 at 7:47 pm — Reply

        It’s never stopped him from being a worthy threat in the comics before. Isn’t that like telling spider-man he shouldn’t bother trying to beat the green goblin, who can fly and throw grenades from a distance?

        And Jacin B-

        Like Leloup said, Whiplash has been a pretty longstanding villain in Iron Man’s stories. This isn’t going to be a New Goblin deal or some nonsense of the sort. The only thing they seem to be borrowing are some of his motivation and the original Crimson Dynamo being his father.

        • Brent
          December 15, 2009 at 3:59 pm — Reply

          “Isn’t that like telling spider-man he shouldn’t bother trying to beat the green goblin, who can fly and throw grenades from a distance?”

          Apples and oranges my friend. It’s not a valid comparison because Spidey has various offensive and defensive capabilities, not just web spinning. All I’m saying is that a “whip”, even one hyped up with sparkly pixie dust, is still a weapon of proximity. Not a good look against a foe with long range capabilities.

          For the sake of dramatic tension, the movie must either augment Whiplash’s capabilities or neuter/impair Iron Man to some degree to make it a good fight.

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