It’s been a long time coming, but at last we have a trailer for Creed, the Rocky spin-off movie starring Michael B Jordan and Sylvester Stallone.
We’re still not totally sure if this will work, but, hey, it’s Rocky so we’re in!
Adonis Johnson (Jordan) never knew his famous father, world heavyweight champion Apollo Creed, who died before he was born. Still, there’s no denying that boxing is in his blood, so Adonis heads to Philadelphia, the site of Apollo Creed’s legendary match with a tough upstart named Rocky Balboa.
Once in the City of Brotherly Love, Adonis tracks Rocky (Stallone) down and asks him to be his trainer. Despite his insistence that he is out of the fight game for good, Rocky sees in Adonis the strength and determination he had known in Apollo — the fierce rival who became his closest friend. Agreeing to take him on, Rocky trains the young fighter, even as the former champ is battling an opponent more deadly than any he faced in the ring.
With Rocky in his corner, it isn’t long before Adonis gets his own shot at the title … but can he develop not only the drive but also the heart of a true fighter, in time to get into the ring?
The very strong suggestion is that Rocky will be stricken with a potentially fatal disease. My first thought is it could be the return of a dangling thread from Rocky V, where Balboa was diagnosed with brain damage and ordered to retire. Little was made of his trauma in that movie, and it was barely even addressed in Rocky Balboa, where the Italian Stallion seems to have maintained all of his marbles and most of his physical skills. Given the increasing focus on concussions in contact sports, CTE could be a very dramatic and timely subplot. We’ll find out for sure on November 25, when Creed opens in theaters.
The movie arrives on November 25th, 2015