The film is called Zaschitniki (Guardians) and tells the story of a set of mutants who are recruited by the government to fight against an evil supervillain. It’s set in the cold war and features characters who represent the different nationalities of the Soviet Union, including a man who can transform into a bear and a woman who turns into water.
It’s directed by Sarik Andreasyan, the Armenian behind the Russian hit Pregnant, about a man who finds himself on course to give birth, and American Heist, a thriller with Hayden Christensen and Adrien Brody.
Superheroes are becoming increasingly popular in Russia. Avengers: Age of Ultron was the biggest hit of 2015, making $34m. Zaschitniki is evidently inspired in the Avengers saga.
The movie is set to hit Russian cinemas next year and a sequel is expected for the following years. Its goal is to outgrossed the 3D war drama Stalingrad, which made $52m, more than any Hollywood film.