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.)
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.
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.