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New Trailer For ‘Creed II’ Puts Adonis’ Personal Life At Stake

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This may be an unpopular opinion, but Creed is my favorite film in the Rocky franchise. It may technically be a spin-off, but it still exists within that universe (so it counts). Ryan Coogler was able to capture the message and overall feel of the first Rocky film and present them in a way that spoke to a new generation. Though I was skeptical about a Creed sequel that didn’t have Coogler’s involvement, this new trailer has put all of my doubts to rest. Courtesy of MGM, you can check out the newest trailer to Creed II below.

 

 

 

I love how intimate the story seems to be. Having Creed fight the son of Ivan Drago could have been an easy gimmick to get fans back into theaters, but the narrative feels as though it will be more personal than we expect. Creed’s ego, psyche, and personal relationships all seem to be on the line with this fight. I may now be familiar with director Steven Caple Jr.’s work, but after this trailer, I’m more than excited to see how he follow’s up Coogler’s directorial style. The film was co-written by Sylvester Stallone himself, and since Stallone has always had a hand in the development of this franchise, I’m sure Creed II will be just as creative and thoughtful as its character-driven predecessor.

 

The official synopsis for Creed II is as follows:

 

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.

 

 

Michael B. Jordan, Tessa Thompson, Phylicia Rashad, Andre Ward, and Wood Harris will be reprising their roles from 2015’s Creed, and Dolph Lundgren is returning to the franchise for the first time since Rocky IV. Florian Munteanu is starring as Drago’s son Viktor, and though he seems menacing in the trailer, I’m not sure how Munteanu will hold his own as an actor. I just don’t want the Drago’s to be 2-dimensional villains in a film that otherwise shines in its character development. Only time will tell how well that Drago’s were utilized.

 

Creed II will hit theaters on November 21, 2018.

 

 

 

 
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