The short article in The Guardian newspaper takes a mildly whimsical tone toward a new movie from Russia, Guardians, that features superhero Arsus the bear.
To the dawn of a new arms race, as Russia begins stockpiling its own superhero movies. While American audiences have learned to stop worrying and love the superhero franchise instalments that are shat weekly into their multiplexes by the comic-book industrial complex, Russian audiences have lacked for similar buildup.
That now looks to be changing, with the emergence of a trailer for something called Guardians. Traditionally, the west would have been alerted to this sort of thing by an emergency presentation to the UN security council, but – rather more prosaically – the Guardians teaser seems to have found its way on to YouTube.
Still, do not underestimate its threat to the world’s other superhero superpower. Guardians must absolutely not be viewed as an amusingly ersatz X-Men. In fact, having viewed the trailer several times, I can already say with certainty that it will be my favourite superhero movie of 2017.
Here’s the trailer. Judge for youself whether Guardians is worthy of Russia’s great leader, Vladimir Putin.