Iron Man 3 has a more noncommittal relationship with its women than Tony Stark circa 2008. (Take that, fictional character!) First, Scarlett Johansson bowed out and then the film lost Jessica Chastain. But now that Rebecca Hall has signed on to take the role previously occupied by Chastain, fans have to wonder: Will this one stick?
The Town’s female lead will be playing a scientist who is responsible for the creation and release of Extremis, a nano-technological virus (introduced in the Iron Man six-issue comic book arc Extremis) that was created to develop a race of “super soldiers,” but — as these things tend to do in the comic book world — went awry. It is likely that Hall’s character will be (or at least be based on) Maya Hansen, an ex-girlfriend of Tony Stark’s who calls on the hero to help constrain the evil that she inadvertently released. Cue some tension in the Stark-Potts household.
As this character looks to play a major part in Iron Man 3, fans were excited to hear that the unyielding Chastain was slotted to take the wheel. Hall’s talents have yet to be tested to the same degree. While her The Town performance was none too shabby, the actress does not really have any other memorable roles to her name. And you’d better believe that immersing yourself into a Tony Stark love triangle warrants some mighty acting skill.
How do you think Hall will fare in the Iron Man universe?