With the month of November coming to a close, we are five months away from Iron Man 3 hitting theaters around the world, beginning Phase Two of the Marvel cinematic universe. Principal photography is complete, the first trailer is out and we have the official synopsis to confirm (and generate more) fan speculation.

Marvel has released four new official images from Iron Man 3, featuring two of its stars and two shots of new and old (broken) armor.

The highlight is the first official image of Rebecca Hall as Maya Hansen having a very rough picnic, who in the Extremis miniseries (for which the film is drawing much of its story ideas from) is a scientist involved with the Extremis nanovirus which will grant Tony Stark new abilities and blurring the line between him being a man and a machine. In that story Hansen allies and helps out Tony Stark and eventually joins S.H.I.E.L.D.. We expect elements of that will carry over in the film adaptation and she could very well be a potential love interest for Stark, complicating matters for Pepper Potts (Gwyneth Paltrow).

The other images include a look at a broken Iron Man face plate, Tony Stark in his mansion and War Machine. They’re are stills from scenes (in the first Iron Man 3 trailer) and unofficial images previously released.

As for the star-spangled, Iron Patriot-inspired color scheme on War Machine’s new armor – also likely inspired by Captain America saving the day in The Avengers – Marvel president of production Kevin Feige explained to Empire how that plays into James “Rhodey” Rhodes (Don Cheadle)’s character arc in the threequel:

“The notion in the movie is that a red, white and blue suit is a bold statement, and it’s meant to be. With Rhodey, he’s very much the foil to Tony’s eccentricities, and in this one you get to see this and be reminded of the trust and friendship between them in that great Shane Black buddy-cop fashion.”

From the image title, Marvel officially refers to War Machine’s new armor as “Iron Patriot.” His absence in The Avengers will be explained in the Iron Man 3 prequel comic.

Iron Man 3 is directed by Shane Black based off of his and Drew Pearce’s screenplay, and stars Robert Downey Jr., Ben Kingsley, Don Cheadle, Gwyneth Paltrow, Guy Pearce, Jon Favreau, Rebecca Hall, William Sadler, James Badge Dale and the voice of Paul Bettany.

Iron Man 3 releases May 3, 2013, Thor: The Dark World on November 8, 2013, Captain America: The Winter Soldier on April 4, 2014, Guardians of the Galaxy on August 1, 2014The Avengers 2 on May 1, 2015 and Ant-Man on November 6, 2015.

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Source: Marvel