Those looking for a different type of superhero movie, away from the films of either the Marvel Cinematic Universe or DC Extended Universe, can find solace in the fact that an international Russian film studio is hoping to launch a very unique superhero franchise of their own. Guardians is the launch pad for that franchise, with Armenian filmmaker Sarik Andreasyan directing this story about a team of Soviet Union-era superheroes that were previously forced to keep their identities a secret.
Alina Lanina, Anton Pampushnyy, Sanzhar Madiyev, Sebastien Sisak and Valeriya Shkirando make up Guardians‘ lead cast, while Andrey Gavrilov wrote the screenplay. If robotic mercenaries, bad-ass fighting scenes and a huge bear with six pack abs is your kind of thing, then Guardians looks set to tick all of your boxes. The two previously-released trailers for the film showcase some of the incredible action scenes we’ll see throughout the film upon its release – and now a final trailer has arrived, showing off more of the most chaotic and even amusing visuals from the movie.
It’s very easy to see where the creators of Guardians got their inspiration in the new footage featured above, but that doesn’t make this release any less exciting. Marvel and DC shouldn’t hold the monopoly when it comes to releasing good superhero movies, so Andreasyan’s film – despite borrowing heavily from the themes and tropes/elements that have been featured prominently throughout the films of the MCU and DCEU thus far – is nonetheless a welcome addition to the larger universe of superhero movies.
Whether or not Guardians will have the pulling power to draw in big crowds remains to be seen. While it would be nice to live in a world where we all give chances to new franchises despite our love for those that have already been well cemented, that’s not how most people operate, especially in the modern-day. That Guardians is non-English film won’t help its prospects stateside, either.
In saying that, a large following has already amassed and circulated around Guardians ahead of its release. It’s fair to say that the buzz and hype surrounding the movie is as high right now as one could reasonably expect – and so with its Russian theatrical release of the movie just around the corner, Guardians may wind up posting some impressive numbers at its native box office before dropping in other countries across the globe over the year ahead.
Guardians is expected to be released in the U.S. at some point this year, following its Russian theatrical debut on February 23rd, 2017.