Major tentpole sequels like The Avengers: Age of Ultron and Star Wars: The Force Awakens are near the top of many a moviegoer’s “most anticipated of 2015” list, but another big genre picture has quickly joined those ranks. We speak of George Miller’s upcoming Mad Max: Fury Road, which has been building up buzz by way of a series of trailers showcasing jaw-dropping visuals and action sequences. It clearly is a spectacle made to be seen on the biggest of screens.

There are just over two months to go before its theatrical premiere (at the time of writing this), so Warner Bros. is keen on amping up the marketing campaign to continue to raise awareness about their franchise revival. Today, that comes in the form of three new still images, featuring Tom Hardy as the titular hero (aiding the group “The Five Wives” and engaging in a fight) and Charlize Theron as his ally, Imperator Furiosa.

The photos come to us courtesy of Total Film magazine (hat tip Games Radar), whose latest cover story is on the film. Check out the pictures below:

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Admittedly, the photos don’t offer much in terms of additional plot details, but that has never been the primary focus of Mad Max‘s promotional materials so far. Everything we’ve seen has made an attempt to sell viewers on Miller’s wide scope for the project, as well as explosive, nail-biting set pieces. Both of those aspects are featured here, providing hints that things are going to get intense in this post-apocalyptic wasteland.

And while the stakes are continuously being raised in this story of survival, Furiosa will hardly be out of her element. The character looks like she’ll be able to handle herself in a battle, with Theron conveying her intensity and tenacity with a simple glare towards the camera. While speaking with Total Film in an interview, the actress explained how Furiosa will emerge as an equal to the hardened Max:

“George [Miller] really wanted a woman to stand alongside Max. And that was all I knew, and I just thought, ‘Whoa, for a woman to stand next to him in that world, that would be pretty f***ing cool.’ He was really kind of exploring women in this world at every age and there was something, selfishly, that I thought was almost better than Max. It’s very hard for a woman to feel that way when she steps into a world like that.”

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These days, gender equality in major blockbuster pictures is a hot button issue, with several moviegoers expressing a desire to see studios offer more “testosterone-driven” action movies with an ass-kicking woman in the main role (recent examples including hit YA franchise adaptations The Hunger Games and Divergent).

The line between feminist triumph and merely placing a lady as the lead is a tricky one to walk, but with films like Wonder Woman and Captain Marvel set to come out in the next few years, the tide may be turning. Perhaps Furiosa could serve as the template on which future female action heroines are judged, proving that she has the mettle and skill set to fight with the boys or on her own.

Mad Max: Fury Road hits theaters May 15, 2015.

Source: Total Film (via Games Radar)