In the first trailer released for Creed II, light speed punches crack with a deadly cadence in anticipation for a fight 33 years in the making.
In the sequel to 2015’s Creed, Michael B. Jordan and Sylvester Stallone will reprise their roles as Adonis Creed and Rocky Balboa. This time around, Creed looks to go toe-to-toe against an opponent with roots going all the way back to the original Rocky franchise. But Rocky is afraid that Creed will face the same fate as his father, the late Apollo Creed.
“This guy has nothing to lose,” Stallone’s aging Balboa warns Jordan’s Creed of his newest challenger, “he’s dangerous.”
But the warnings appear to get tossed aside because the opponent in question is Viktor Drago, son of Ivan Drago, the Soviet boxer from Rocky IV who killed Adonis’ father Apollo Creed in the ring.
Produced in 1985, Rocky IV was the highest grossing sports film for 24 years and starred Dolph Lundgren as boxer-turned-Soviet-Union-metaphor, Ivan Drago. The beloved film opens with Drago, fueled by anabolic steroids and seemingly manufactured by a Russian lab, coaxing Apollo into a boxing match that ends with the American boxer losing his life.
The events of Rocky IV left Jordan’s Adonis without a father and inform his character. Now, in the sequel to the spin-off franchise, son will be pitted against son when Adonis heads into the ring against Viktor.
Playing Viktor Drago is real-life Romanian boxer, Florian Munteanu, who at 6’4” and 235 pounds looks ready to fill Lundgren’s massive shoes.
Creed II will be released in theaters on November 21st, 2018.