MGM has entered the ring with the first trailer for this fall’s Creed 2. The movie looks to be a brutally emotional continuation of Adonis Creed’s story as played by the fantastic Michael B. Jordan.
The trailer begins with Adonis being knocked to the mat during a bout with the camera catching a glimpse of his battered face. We then see Creed lying in a hospital bed in rough shape, with his girlfriend, Tessa Thompson’s Bianca, comforting him. Creed looks to be having none of it.
We then get an exchange between Rocky and Adonis as the former tells his protégé that he doesn’t have to take this fight. “You got people that need you now. You got everything to lose. This guy’s got nothing to lose.” “I ain’t got a choice” Creed replies. To which Rock retorts “That’s the same thing your father said and he died right here in my hands. Listen to me, this guy, he’s dangerous.” To which Creed then realizes and says “You don’t think I can beat him?” Silence.
Presumably, the boxer that Rocky and Adonis are discussing is Viktor Drago, played by Florian Munteanu. Viktor is, of course, the son of Dolph Lundgren’s Ivan Drago. Ivan entered the Rocky series in Rocky IV in which the character killed Adonis’ father Apollo during a match in the ring. Rocky Balboa then took the steroid infused boxer on to avenge his fallen friend.
We only get a few fleeting shots of Viktor Drago within today’s trailer. But it’s clear that the character is a menacing brute. Dolph Lundgren appears in Creed 2 as well, so it will be interesting to see how the dynamic will play out between he and his former rival, Balboa.
Here’s MGM’s official plot description for the upcoming sequel:
“Life has become a balancing act for Adonis Creed. Between personal obligations and training for his next big fight, he is up against the challenge of his life. Facing an opponent with ties to his family’s past only intensifies his impending battle in the ring. Rocky Balboa is there by his side through it all and, together, Rocky and Adonis will confront their shared legacy, question what’s worth fighting for, and discover that nothing’s more important than family.
Creed 2 is about going back to basics to rediscover what made you a champion in the first place, and remembering that, no matter where you go, you can’t escape your history.”
The first Creed did well both critically and financially in the theaters. Hopefully Creed 2 continues to bring continued success to the new take on Rocky films. The movie swings into theaters on November 21st.