Rocky is later shown collapsing in the training ring and he ultimately lands in hospital bed, with Adonis watching over him. When the pair cross paths, Stallone’s Italian Stallion begrudgingly agrees to train Adonis, recognizing an all-too-familiar glint of determination in the eye of the would-be world beater. And Creed Jr wants his own shot at boxing greatness.
Stranger things have happened.
We expected Creed to tip its fedora to Sylvester Stallone’s original, 1976’s Rocky.
Adonis, who never knew his father, has been in and out of trouble his entire life, jailed over and over for street fights and other youthful transgressions. Co-starring Tessa Thompson, Graham McTavish and Wood Harris, Creed will open in the USA on November 25, 2015 and the United Kingdom on February 19, 2016. And the Academy seems to love a good boxing drama (see “Rocky”, “Million Dollar Baby”, “Raging Bull“, and “The Fighter” to start). His father was the Rocky series’ great Apollo Creed, a fact Rocky, his opponents, and even his mother keep reminding him with motivations of inspiration, intimidation, and warning, respectively.
Rocky, too, is alone, having lost his wife, trainer, and friends.
Adonis will make Chubbs Peterson smile down from heaven when Creed gets in the ring November 25.