Michael B. Jordan is back as Adonis Johnson, son of Rocky’s legendary opponent, Apollo Creed. After fighting the mouthy (no acting needed) Tony Bellew in the first instalment, Adonis has a much bigger challenge on his hands now.
Written by Sylvester Stallone and produced by Ryan Coogler Creed II is pitting Adonis against another legacy figure: Viktor Drago, son of Dolph Lindgren’s Ivan Drago.
It does sound like they’re rehashing old rivals as there really isn’t any other direction the story could go in but I did enjoy the first movie more than I thought I would. I hope the second one surprises me just as much as the first. Creed brought a powerhouse performance from Michael B. Jordan and thrust him into the big leagues (in my eyes) in a way that his roll as Killmonger in Black Panther just did not.
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 II 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.
Creed II hits theaters on Nov. 21, 2018