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That Russian Superhero Movie is Better Than It Should Be

That Russian Superhero Movie is Better Than It Should Be

When teasers first circulated for Zaschitniki (“Guardians,” in Russian) earlier this year, the footage looked so over-the-top, so to-the-Moon-and-back, some questioned if it truly could’ve been coming from a real, actual, honest-to-gosh movie. Like, there was a jacked-up bear blasting through a terrifying number of a mini-gun rounds! And an assassin acting like a human top, with a pair of curved blades too absurdly big for anybody to wield! How much crazier could it get?

Well, this full trailer closes with a release date. Zaschitniki is hitting theaters in February. It’s definitely real, it’s coming, and it’s totally awesome.

The flick very much seems like Mother Russia’s answer to the Avengers: what with a covert section of the government assembling a team of super-heroes to liberate Moscow from a legion of faceless invaders, and all. However, a couple interesting details set it apart rather pointedly. First, these super-soldiers were created during the Cold War, and they’re meant to represent the different nationalities once affiliated with the USSR. So, from that, it’s specifically Soviet super soldiers who are the heroes here. That is in stark contrast to the shady pasts and lingering Red Peril of Black Widow, Whiplash, and Winter Soldier, et al, in the MCU.

But of course, the big appeal of watching international cinema is to experience such varying points of view. So, if you’re intrigued by the notion of a Soviet Avengers, you might also be curious to check out a film series that’s pretty much a Russian X-Men. Timur Bekmambetov, the director of the recent Ben-Hur remake, previously helmed this “duology.” Night Watch and Day Watch follow two feuding factions of super-human “Others” whose uneasy, centuries-long truce starts to fracture into secret war. Much like mutants, no two Others have the same powers, and the good ones must defend a world that misunderstands them at best, and fears them at worst. Watch its trailer for some more super post-Soviet discussion points.

Any Night/Day Watch fans here? How pumped are you for Zaschitniki? And most importantly, who would win a brawl between these Guardians and the Avengers? Place your bets in the talkback!

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