Back in February, we got our first look at the upcoming Russian superhero movie Guardians. And it was pretty awesome. I mean, it doesn’t get much cooler than a Were-Bear superhero. Or at least so I thought. But then, the first full Guardians trailer arrived, and Oh My. It does get better. The Were-Bear has a mini-gun, and he’s not afraid to use it.
What is Guardians About?
So, this sort of movie doesn’t exactly use the plot to sell people. Everybody know what’s selling tickets, and it’s the Mini-Gun toting Were-Bear. I mean, look at the image they settled on for the YouTube trailer embed below. Plus, I’m not the only person cracking jokes about and focusing on the Were-Bear. And there’s a reason for that. The Were-Bear with a Mini-Gun represents that ridiculous, awesome imagination we all had at one point as kids when we were running around in the field behind our house throwing dirt clods at each other and trying to come up with cooler powers than everyone else. “Nuh uh! Your werewolf is dumb! I’m a were-bear, and I have a machine gun, and it’s loaded with silver bullets, so I’ll just blow you away!” The Were-Bear is our inner child, in superhero form.
That being said, here’s a quick rundown of the plot. (Now, I’m working from a few different sources here, and I’m hoping I get this as right as one can.) During the Cold War, there was an organization called
S.H.I.E.L.D. “Patriot,” and they created a superhero squad of four members, all drawn from different Soviet republics. They were Xenia (the Waterwoman), Khan (the Windman), Arsus (the Were-bear), and Ler (the Earthman). And through DNA testing and augmentation, these four were given super-powers.
Basically, it looks like Ler can throw rocks around, create earthquakes and such, and throw on rock armor, ala The Thing. Xenia’s got some invisibility / water form powers. Khan’s appropriately super fast, with some wicked blades. And Arsus is packing plenty of “Fire”-power in addition to being a badass were-bear.
Anyway, after the Cold War, they hid their identities and laid low.
But now, the villainous August Kuratov, who has a machine that grants him the ability to control “technical equipment” has built an army of clones, and intends to use them to capture first Moscow, and then the world! So now, the four heroes must come out of hiding, band together, and take Kuratov down.
The Full Guardians Trailer
OK. Now, that’s just awesome, right?
Final Thoughts on the Guardians Trailer
OK, now I’ve heard and read more than a few people mock the Guardians trailer, saying the special effects look “lame” compared to what we’re used to. And while I don’t think Guardian’s looks “lame,” it’s absolutely not as polished or realistic looking as the movies Marvel is pumping out. But as we mentioned before, you have to consider the budget they’re working with. Most sources agree that it’s around $15 – 20 millions dollars. And here, that’s practically an indie film budget these days. Guardians of the Galaxy had a production budget of $170 million, Captain America: Civil War had a massive $250 million dollar budget, and even the comparatively bargain level Deadpool has $58 million dollars to work with. So for operating on a budget comparatively that modest, color me impressed.
So, what do you all think? Guardians is currently set for a February, 23rd, 2017 release, and though it’s not likely to make it to theaters here, we’ll at least eventually see it in DVD or streaming form. How psyched is everyone for some sweet Were-bear action?
Featured Image: Guardians / Turbofilms