By now, we know the basic sketches of Creed, this fall’s Rocky spinoff movie that arrives nearly forty years after the original installment released in theaters. Michael B. Jordan is starring as Adonis Johnson Creed – the son of the onetime Rocky antagonist Apollo Creed – who travels to Philadelphia, seeking the counsel of his father’s rival and friend, Rocky Balboa (Sylvester Stallone).
Previously-released Creed plot summaries and trailers have featured a lot of callbacks and revisiting of the Rocky films of the past, with Stallone’s Rocky stepping into the Mickey role as a trainer who helps out the young upstart – and ends up in a hospital bed. We also know that virtually none of the original crew from the previous movies (other than Rocky) are coming back, too.
Warner Bros. Pictures has now unveiled a new TV spot for Creed. The preview includes some (though not a whole lot) new material, but is largely composed of the same footage released in previous trailers – Creed meeting Rocky, asking him to train him, and recreations of iconic Rocky film moments, with Creed jogging through Philadelphia’s Italian Market, as well as Rocky and Creed standing at the top of the Art Museum steps.
For those unfamiliar, here is the official Creed synopsis:
Adonis Johnson (Jordan) never knew his famous father, world heavyweight champion Apollo Creed, who died before he was born. Still, there’s no denying that boxing is in his blood, so Adonis heads to Philadelphia, the site of Apollo Creed’s legendary match with a tough upstart named Rocky Balboa.
Once in the City of Brotherly Love, Adonis tracks Rocky (Stallone) down and asks him to be his trainer. Despite his insistence that he is out of the fight game for good, Rocky sees in Adonis the strength and determination he had known in Apollo—the fierce rival who became his closest friend. Agreeing to take him on, Rocky trains the young fighter, even as the former champ is battling an opponent more deadly than any he faced in the ring.
With Rocky in his corner, it isn’t long before Adonis gets his own shot at the title…but can he develop not only the drive but also the heart of a true fighter, in time to get into the ring?
Meanwhile, a fresh Creed poster has been unveiled, featuring the “Son of Creed” and the “Italian Stallion” together. Check it out, below:
Creed, if you’ll forgive the pun, very much looks like a winner at this stage. It retains just enough of the original Rocky mythos, while also going off in its own unique (and compelling) direction. The last Rocky film, 2006’s Rocky Balboa, while enjoyable, was (arguably) little more than a pure nostalgia exercise – Rocky going through all the old motions while returning to the ring at age 60. Yes, it was fun to hear the music and see the montage one more time, but nostalgia was all it was.
This new film has the chance to be much more than that – and it’s brought to us by director Ryan Coogler and star Jordan, who collaborated on 2013’s great Fruitvale Station. The worst-case scenario? Rocky-mentors-young-upstart was also the plot of Rocky V, almost universally considered the worst Rocky movie… and now Stallone is trying it again, more than 25 years later. We think there’s a good chance history won’t repeat itself here, though.
Creed arrives in theaters in U.S. theaters on November 25th, 2015.
Source: Warner Bros. Pictures