Marvel Studios has unveiled a new photo from Iron Man 3 featuring Rebecca Hall (The Town) as Maya Hansen. The character helps Robert Downey Jr.'s Tony Stark develop the Extremis technology he uses in director Shane Black's sequel. Take a look at the photo, along with a breakdown on the character.

<strong><em>Iron Man 3</em></strong> Rebecca Hall photo

"Maya Hansen is one of the most respected and well known bio-technologists in her field. She developed her notoriety through her work at reprogramming the repair center at the center of the brain. It was during one of conferences that she first befriended a young Tony Stark.

As the years passed Maya's breakthrough research afforded her the ability to work on the development of the next Super-Soldier formula, which a generation ago had created Captain America. Her approach was to exploit the genetic potential of man through nano-tech and in this vain she eventually developed Extremis.

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Extremis was meant to "hack" into the body's repair center and recode the human genes with a more advanced version, leaving the host with improved organs and super powers.

When she learned that she was going to lose funding, Maya came up with the idea that if she could get a test subject to fight and conquer Iron Man, she would be able to prove it's potential. It was with this logic that she stole Extremis and put it into the hands of terrorists, who quickly injected, Mallen one of their own. As the next step in her plan, she contacted Tony Stark feigning distress to ultimately maneuver him into a confrontation with the Extremis-enhanced terrorist."