Forget the Alien sequel; the real exciting ’70s spinoff movie is Creed, which is not about the second worst rock band of all time but is yet another chapter in the Rocky franchise. Following his Sundance darling Fruitvale Station, director Ryan Coogler and that film’s star Michael B. Jordan’s Creed is about the son (grandson?) of boxing champion Apollo Creed and his determination to jump back into the ring.
Badass Digest obtained a full synopsis for the film, in which Jordan assumes the much-cooler-than-Johnny-Storm-name “Adonis Johnson”.
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?
That might be the most down to Earth Rocky movie since the original, although it might require Stallone to actually act again.
And surely the finished film, coming from a guy who made a movie about a murdered black man riding the subway, will have a little more tragedy in it than even this somewhat somber synopsis is letting on?
Creed opens on November 25.