Russians are more similar to people in the West than you might think. For example, they also enjoy a good superhero flick. We’ve seen clips and teasers of Guardians (Защитники) ramping up to the domestic premiere on February 23, 2017. They’ve just released the final trailer, and the movie is about as mad as you could imagine!
Basically, we have a quintessential bad guy with some tricked-out gear that allows him to control electronic machinery. The head of a secret organization assembles a team of Soviet superheroes to fight him, who were created during the Cold War. Here’s a bit from Wikipedia to describe your new favorite team of heroes:
Sebastien Sisak as Ler (Armenian for mountain).
Landman. He is armed with all forms of earth manipulation abilities, and is able to control stone and soil, collect dust from boulders, stop falling rocks, and move mountains. He can cause rocks of any size and amount to levitate and fly as if weightless, as well as orbit him.
Anton Pampushnyy as Ursus
Wildman. Ursus (Latin for bear) is a type of berserker or werebear, and has the ability to transform himself into a large bear, though he can control how much of his body is transformed and can transform partially if he wills it. This transformation ability can allow him to seamlessly alter his size, bulk and musculature and transform himself into a burly humanoid, as well as use his transformations to physically augment himself.
Sanzhar Madiev as Khan
Windman. Masterfully skilled with all kinds of blades, as well as with many kinds of martial arts. Along with other blades, he is primarily armed with twin, crescent like blades, each of which resemble a scimitar, scythe or sickle and can be joined at the hilts to form a double bladed weapon. He is also physically augmented, possessing a degree of superhuman strength…
Alina Lanina as Xenia
Waterwoman. Flexible and agile, to a superhuman degree, making her a skilled acrobat, gymnast, and even martial artist. She has the ability to move on water as if it were solid ground, as well as to seamlessly floating through it as it if were air. This gives her higher mobility in water compared to the fastest, or most maneuverable sea creature. She can also transform her body into a clear, transparent water like liquid, use it defensively or offensively.
I am super-stoked for this. I speak Russian, so maybe I’m more inclined to watch a werebear with a minigun go to town on an evil villain. What do you think? Would the Guardians give the Avengers a run for their money?
For purists like myself, here’s the Russian version of the Guardians trailer, without the awkward English voice-over: