After Rocky Balboa, the sixth entry in the most successful sports franchise in film history, fans of the aging boxer were perfectly content to hang up those gloves. After all, after six entries over three decades, it seemed like a safe bet that Balboa’s tale had been told. Well, many times a “safe bet” is anything but, and this year brings audiences the first spinoff of the Rocky franchise, Creed, with the super talented Michael B. Jordan taking to the screen as Balboa’s best friend/rival’s son, Adonis Johnson. In the latest trailer for the new film, viewers will have an opportunity to see just how tough it is to live up to the name of a legend.
The name “Apollo Creed” commands every ounce of respect that the name “Rocky Balboa” enjoys and with good cause. For the lost son of Apollo, however, “Creed” is more than just a name – it’s a legacy that he chooses live up to, which is no easy task.
If that trailer doesn’t give you chills, you may be related to Clubber Lang. You do get a bit of a pass if you didn’t tear up at the 1:43 mark, though, considering that while it is a sad loss for Balboa, fans may not have to deal with the franchise’s least likeable character in this new entry.
An interesting aspect of this new trailer is the focus on Balboa’s failing health, something fans of the franchise have been witnessing for at least the past two entries. Stallone famously decided to kill the character at the end of Rocky V but changed his mind at the last minute. The trailer may be playing with a bit of misdirection but once you consider the health issues pointed out in the new footage and combine that with the images of a lonely Balboa who has outlived those he loved, one could surmise that Creed may finally be the end of the character. Then again, it ain’t about how hard you hit… It’s about how hard you can get hit, and keep moving forward, and if there is one character in cinema that continues to move forward despite the odds, it is Rocky Balboa.
Creed hits theaters in two months, on November 15, 2015.
Are you excited for this latest entry? Are you betting that Balboa makes it through this one or will Creed 2 begin with Balboa’s funeral?