Now, the superhero genre has long been host to a whole lot of unusual movies, heroes and basic conceits (we're looking at you, Ant-Man), but it seems unlikely that 2017 will bring a more out-of-the-ordinary example than Russia's Guardians. A tale of four unlikely Soviet superheroes, the movie became something of an internet sensation after fans of comic book insanity (aren't we all?) realized that it featured a man with the head of a bear in a leading role. Which, in case you're wondering, is indeed the one thing that Captain America: Civil War was missing.
As such, then, it's difficult not to get a little over-excited by the news that...
Guardians Has A New English Trailer, And It's As Gloriously Insane As You Would Imagine
After all, this is a movie that seems determined to take its tale of superpowered bear-men (fine, man, but we're still hoping to see Guardians 2: Rise of the Bear Men) as seriously as is humanly possible. Which is, predictably, an excellent route to making the whole thing seem a little bit fundamentally goddamn hilarious. Of course, it also looks deceptively — and perhaps surprisingly — good, which actually makes things a little more complicated.
Should we be excited for the film ironically, then, and prepare to see it when it finally hits these shores next year in decidedly tongue-in-cheek fashion, or should we actually be hopeful that Russia has come up with a genuine competitor for the Avengers and Justice League? Well, that likely depends on whether you giggled gently to yourself when the trailer above showed you glimpses of the likes of...
What You Could Smell The Rock Cooking, A.K.A. 'Landman'
A man who can literally attach rocks to himself, making him an odd DIY cross between Sandman and The Thing. Which, if Marvel movie adaptations have taught us anything over the years, isn't really something you want to be.
A Woman Who's A Bit Wet, A.K.A. 'Waterwoman'
A character of whom Monty Python and The Holy Grail's Dennis The Peasant would surely not approve. "You can't expect to wield supreme power just 'cause some watery tart threw a sword at you," and all that.
A Scimitar Ninja Of Some Sort, A.K.A. 'Windman'
Who, in all fairness, somewhat makes up for having a name that implies he has trouble with flatulence by also having demonstrably awesome powers. And a super-cool sword-thing. Just don't stand behind him.
And, of course...
Russian Chris Pratt, A.K.A. 'Wildman'
Otherwise known as "the guy who can turn into a bear, but doesn't in this trailer because we've all angered Vladimir Putin, presumably." It's worth noting that he's technically a werebear, which is both 50 percent cooler than being a werewolf, and 150 percent more silly.
So, how did you do? Did you make it through the whole trailer without tittering like a cartoon canine closely associated with Dick Dastardly? If so, then congratulations —your new favorite serious bear movie is getting closer to a US release by the day (we hope). If not, then content yourself with the fact that the movie is likely going to prove to be a laugh riot for you, as well as the fact that it's most likely shamelessly pro-Putin propaganda anyway. HAIL THE GREAT BEAR, AND ASK NO QUESTIONS.
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In the meantime, though, what do you think? Are you excited for Guardians, or just to laugh hysterically the whole way through it? Let us know below!