'Creed 2' Official Trailer and Poster

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MGM and Warner Bros. have given us a sneak peak atg what is in store this fall for "Creed 2." The anticipated sequel to 2015's reinvention of the boxing movie, which was also a sequel/spinoff of the Rocky franchise,  will have Michael B. Jordan back as Adonis Creed, this time he'll face off against the son of Ivan Drago. Don't work Rocky IV fans, Dolph Lundgren will be back as Drago in this film.
Ryan Coogler will not be returning to the director's chair, instead we get Steven Caple Jr. ("The Land") and a screenplay written by Sylvester Stallone. Stallone will also reprise his role as Rocky Balboa.
"Creed 2" opens in theaters on November 21st.
Here’s the official synopsis for "Creed II":
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.

Here's what I wrote in 10/09/17:


Stallone, whom many believe deserved the Academy Award for his performance in "Creed," took to Instagram yet again and announced the news that he, not Ryan Coogler, would be directing "Creed 2," he wrote: “Looking forward to directing and Producing The incredibly talented Michael B Jordan in CREED 2 next year … One more Round ! 


Good news? I would say bittersweet, more than anything. Stallone can direct, decently, but Coogler changed the game with "Creed." He revitalized the boxing genre for the new millennium. There is no way Stallone can achieve what Coogler did. "Creed 2" might be a good movie, but it won't be a great one like "Creed." For all the gravitas and passion Sly has brought to his Rocky franchise over the years, his talents as a director are decent, old-school but conventional. I like what he did with "Rocky Balboa" a few years back, but what made "Creed" so good was the fresh new blood Coogler injected into the veins of this tired old franchise.


Here's what I wrote about the film ("Creed") in 2015:
"As an incredibly cinematic sport, boxing films are often rife with clich√©s. So then, what a welcome surprise it was to have a "Rocky" movie that actually delivered the thrills and goosebumps that made the original 1976 film such a great film. Although the story might be familiar, Ryan Coogler's "Creed" had a freshness and vitality that only a young, talented filmmaker and actor could bring to the table. Coogler and his actor Michael B Jordan, fresh off their Sundance triumph just two years ago with "Fruitvale Station," infused Rocky with 21st century modernism and style that Sylvester Stallone would have never been able to pull off if he were the writer-director, although I will say  that 2006's "Rocky Balboa" wasn't half-bad either. The way Coogler shot "Creed" brought some much-needed new blood to the tired boxing genre, a perfect example would the way he reinvented how a boxing match could be shot."

"There's an audacious sequence mid-way through the film that seamlessly flows as a single unbroken shot, the scene follows Jordan's Adonis Creed as he squares off against Leo Sporino (Gabe Rosado) in the boxing ring. The way Coogler’s camera circles its way through the ring is nothing more than ground-breaking; never had a boxing match felt this intimate, visceral or gut-wrenching than at that very moment. You felt every punch in the fights featured in "Creed" and it all but cemented Coogler an incredible talent to watch."