This is the sequel to 2015’s Creed, which was a spinoff of the Rocky film franchise that introduced audiences to Michael B. Jordan’s Adonis Johnson, son of Apollo Creed. Sylvester Stallone reprised his iconic Rocky Balboa character and earned a Best Supporting Actor nomination for his performance.
The Rocky series started in 1976, when the original movie was a box office hit and won Best Picture at the Oscars. It was followed by five sequels, beginning with Rocky II in 1979. The third and fourth installments were released in 1982 and 1985, respectively, and Rocky did not return until 1990’s Rocky V. Widely seen as the worst of the series, its reception left a bitter taste in Stallone’s mouth, inspiring him to come back for one more round in Rocky Balboa, which debuted in 2006.
Creed was the brainchild of director Ryan Coogler, who pitched the idea to Stallone and got him onboard. The film saw Rocky move into a mentor role as he trained Adonis, who was looking to follow his late father’s footsteps and become a great fighter. Creed was a box office success and earned the best reviews the series had seen in decades, which prompted interest in a sequel. Coogler will not return to direct due to his commitment to Marvel’s Black Panther, so Stallone is handling writing and directing responsibilities. Creed 2 will see the return of Dolph Lundgren’s Ivan Drago, the villain in Rocky IV who killed Apollo in the ring.
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