You may be enjoying the current trend of superhero movies, but they do suffer from a couple of key criticisms on a general basis aside from the quality of the individual films. For instance, superheroes in these films tend to be white, and male, and for the most part, their nationality tends to be American. The heroes themselves tend to be American, or the action predominately takes place in the United States, heck one of the Avengers is actually called Captain America. So Russia, apparently, is looking to address the imbalance with their own superhero movie. Prepare for the awe-inspiring might of the “Avengers of the East,” the mightiest heroes of the former of Soviet Union, The Guardians.

The plot of The Guardians, from accomplished Armenian director Sarik Andreasyan, sees four superheroes recruited by the top secret organization Patriot (like the Russian S.H.I.E.L.D.) during the Cold War to receive DNA augmentation to make them powerful enough to deal with any supernatural threat to the Soviet Union. The Guardians include Ler (Sebastien Sisak) who can manipulate the rocks and the earth, Khan (Sanzhar Madiev) a master swordsman and martial artist, Xenia (Alina Lanina) who works wonders with a water, and Arsus (Anton Pampushniy), a were-bear. That’s right, a were-bear!

The production values look pretty solid, and we all know there’s a universal quality to superhero stories, so this could be the biggest crossover genre hit for Russia since Night Watch. But why take my word for it? Let’s roll the trailer for The Guardians

The Guardians will be in theaters everywhere – in Russia – in February 2017. No word yet on whether it will get some kind of theatrical, DVD or VOD release over here in North America, but fingers crossed.

Source: Geek Tyrant

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