Adonis prepares to fight Ivan Drago's son in the boxing ring in the new trailer for Creed II. The Creed sequel once again stars Michael B. Jordan as Adonis Creed, son of the late boxing legend Apollo Creed (Carl Weathers) from the Rocky series. Sylvester Stallone reprised his role as Rocky Balboa for the first Creed and, three years later, has now returned to play the character for the eighth time overall in the followup. Sly further cowrote the sequel with Cheo Hodari Coker (creator of Netflix Marvel's Luke Cage series).
By the time Creed II picks up, Adonis has started to balance his professional and personal lives - having proven his own worth as a boxer (his family name aside) and begun a family with his girlfriend Bianca (Tessa Thompson). However, just as he starts to get comfortable, life throws Adonis a curveball and he finds himself up against his greatest boxing opponent yet: Viktor Drago (Florian Munteanu), son of Ivan (Dolph Lundgren), aka. the man who killed Apollo in the ring. With help from Rocky and his loved ones, Adonis must revisit his roots as a fighter if he's to have any chance of making it out of his showdown with Viktor in one piece... much less, win their match.
Following yesterday's Creed II poster unveiling and trailer tease, the film's second full-length trailer has now been released online. You can check it out in the space below.
Whereas the first Creed II trailer danced around revealing just who Adonis' new opponent is until the very end, this new promo dives right into the conflict between Adonis, Rocky and the Dragos. There's certainly the potential for rich drama to be mined from this premise, with Coker having (intriguingly) described the movie as being about "the legacies of sons haunted by their fathers". At the same time, the decision to bring back the villain from Rocky IV - itself generally agreed to be the hammiest of the Rocky movies - could result in a sequel that lacks the grounded vibe that made the first Creed so effective.
Another wild card factor here is Creed II director Steven Caple Jr. - a storyteller who only has one film under his belt at the moment (the well-received, if lesser known, 2016 indie drama The Land). Of course, Black Panther's director Ryan Coogler had only made a single indie film before he took on the original Creed, so there's already a precedent for up and coming filmmakers proving their mettle on this franchise. The Creed II trailers have been by and large promising thus far, so here's hoping Caple has as much success with his installment as Coogler before him.