30/11/2012 16:15 GMT | Updated 30/11/2012 16:17 GMT

'Iron Man 3' Stills Show Rebecca Hall Having A Bad Day, Plus Robert Downey Jr And Don Cheadle (PICTURES)

Marvel has released official stills for 'Iron Man 3' giving fans a first glimpse of Rebecca Hall in character as Dr. Maya Hansen.

Hall, best known for her role in 'Vicky Cristina Barcelona', plays a scientist and ex-lover of Robert Downey Jr.'s character Tony Stark, aka Iron Man.

In the picture below she's shown looking rather disheveled...

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It is her character, Hansen, who helps develop the Extremis virus, which links Tony's mind and body to his metal suit as part of the military's long-held ambition to create a super-soldier.

'Iron Man 3' takes place after the events in Marvel's 'The Avengers' and features a changed Stark. The dark trailer shows him systematically losing everything.

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Fans of the film franchise can also see a close up view of USAF Colonel James Rhodes, played by Don Cheadle, in the new stills...

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The film, directed by Shane Black, also features Gwyneth Paltrow, Guy Pearce and Ben Kingsley and is set for release on 26 April, 2013, following in the US on 3 May.

Samuel L Jackson, who appeared in 'Iron Man' and its sequel, recently revealed he will not be in the action film. "I think my next time as Nick Fury is in 'Captain America: The Winter Soldier' because I'm not in 'Iron Man 3'," he told Total Film.

"None of the 'Avengers' are in 'Iron Man 3.' It's a standalone 'Iron Man' movie."

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