Following an exciting trailer that has sent anticipation soaring even higher, Marvel has finally released the first official stills from Iron Man 3.

The four stills somewhat give us a better idea of what direction the film will take, also offer a better look at the Iron Patriot outfit that either Tony Stark (Robert Downey Jr.) or James Rhodes (Don Cheadle) will likely be donning.

The trailer appeared to show a more deep and emotional film compared to its predecessors, and a still of someone who appears to be Pepper Potts (Gwyneth Paltrow) holding a damaged Iron Man mask adds weight to such a direction. As the official synopsis mentions: “Stark discovers the answer to the question that has secretly haunted him: does the man make the suit or does the suit make the man?” Looks like Tony’s relationship with Pepper will be tested just as much as his willpower in the third instalment of the Iron Man film series.

The other two stills show Robert Downey Jr. in his role as the lead character and Rebecca Hall as scientist Dr. Maya Hansen.

Marvel appear to have no intents of slowing down on film releases anytime soon; Iron Man 3, directed by Shane Black, kicks off the second phase of the Marvel Cinematic Universe and will be followed by Thor: The Dark World, Captain America: Winter Soldier and Guardians of the Galaxy in 2014, with the sequel to the record-breaking success that is Avengers Assemble reaching screens in 2015. An Ant-Man film will hit US screens on November 6th 2015, so that may be the starting point for the third phase, though who knows what will happen between then and now. For now check out the rest of the stills below.

Iron Man 3 opens in UK cinemas on April 26th, 2013.