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Russia Is Making A Grab For New Territory: The Superhero Genre
A trailer for an off-the-wall Russian superhero movie just dropped, and it’s got to be the most amazing thing to come from the former Soviet superpower since Russian President Vladimir Putin appeared shirtless on a horse.
The trailer for the upcoming movie, “Guardians,” features a gigantic armored bear with a minigun, jokes about borscht, and no-holds-barred combat between superhumans and gigantic robots. Directed by Sarik Andreasyan, “Guardians” follows a team of superheroes codenamed Patriot. Assembled during the Cold War, they went into hiding until now, when they’re once again called upon by the government to fight.
Their mission: Take out a supervillain who appears to have the ability to control machines and is dead set on destroying the country.
It’s basically the story of the Soviet Union’s Cold War-era Avengers coming out of retirement to kick ass, level city blocks, and perform logic-defying feats of strength — like when one of the heroes who can transform into a bear-hybrid, or a full-on bear, wrecks a giant spider-like robot.
The trailer has a strong nationalist message, with frequent shots of Russian military vehicles cut between scenes of Cold War-era super heroes training in a giant government facility — all of which work to present an image of a confident and emboldened Russia and its military. This is not uncommon in superhero movies, which often champion the ideals of their heroes’ nation — think about the “Avengers,” a super team led by a career soldier named Capt. America, backed by Tony Stark, an American defense industry tycoon, with a mission to protect the peace globally through strength. That’s as American as you can fucking get. Until now.
As Americans we tend to think of superheroes as a predominantly U.S. thing, but “Guardians” is clearly gearing up to claim a piece of that genre, and considering that this comes at a contentious time between Russia and the United States, it looks like they're going after a big piece.
The movie is set to release in Russia on Feb. 23, and then open in the United States later.
In the meantime, you can check out the full trailer for “Guardians” below.
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"I believe the process matters for good order and discipline," Spencer told Reuters, weighing in on a confrontation between Trump and senior Navy officials over the outcome of a high-profile war-crimes case.
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A Marine lance corporal has become the first female Marine in history to graduate the Basic Reconnaissance Course, earning the military occupational specialty of 0321 Reconnaissance Marine.
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He worked as a senior airman in the Knowledge Operations Management field and was in the Air Force reserves for three years. In 2015, he joined the U.S. Coast Guard as an operations specialist and is currently stationed at Fort Wadsworth.
A new documentary tells the heroic story of the first Marine to earn the Medal of Honor since Vietnam
More than 15 years ago, Marine Cpl. Jason Dunham gave his life to save his fellow Marines on the streets of Husaybah, Iraq when he leaped upon a grenade. In 2007, he became the first Marine since the Vietnam War to be awarded the Medal of Honor.
In the years since his death, his story of courage and sacrifice has been told and re-told. His Medal of Honor citation is read to Marine recruits during the Crucible at boot camp. And his name adorns the USS Jason Dunham, where his dress blue uniform rests in a clear display case on the quarterdeck, a solemn shrine to a young man who gave his life for his brothers in arms.
Now, Marines who served with Dunham are sharing his story in their own words, and a small group of military veterans and film makers are helping them do it as part of The Gift, a crowd-funded documentary film chronicling his life, and legacy.