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Insane Russian Superhero Movie Anchored by Machine Gun–Toting Bear-Man: Watch the Wild ‘Guardians’ Trailer

Insane Russian Superhero Movie Anchored by Machine Gun–Toting Bear-Man: Watch the Wild 'Guardians' Trailer


Because “Hardcore Henry” just wasn’t audacious enough, Russia’s next high-profile export will be “Guardians,” a superhero film about a bear with a machine gun. (One possible explanation: director Sarik Andreasyan is as big a fan of the Second Amendment as he is of Marvel but misinterpreted the whole “right to bear arms” part.)

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In the above trailer, which gives the vibe of something like a Russian answer to “The Avengers,” we learn that the eponymous superheroes were born like the rest of us mere mortals, eventually undergoing an experiment to turn them into super-soldiers. In the wake of the Soviet Union’s collapse, they went into hiding — and are now coming out to face an existential threat to the motherland. It ends with the reveal of said gun-toting bear, who surely would have turned the tide of the Cold War in his country’s favor had he only into come existence 30 years ago.

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The trailer has already amassed more than five million views in a few short days. “Guardians” will be released on February 23, 2017 in Russia; no stateside date has been announced just yet.

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