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"It may not seem like it now, but... this is more than just a fight."
Rocky Balboa: In the ring, you got rules. Outside, you got nothing. Life hits you with all these cheap shots. People like me, we live in the past. You got people that need you now. You got everything to lose, this guy has got nothing to lose.
Adonis Johnson: I ain't gotta choice.
Rocky: That's the same thing your father said, and he died right here in my hands. Listen to me, this guy... he's dangerous.
Adonis: I'm dangerous!
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The one where Drago passes it on.

Creed II is the sequel to 2015's Creed and the second Spin-Off of the Rocky franchise, written by Sylvester Stallone and Cheo Hodari Coker and directed by Steven Caple Jr.

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.

The film was released on November 21, 2018.

Previews: Trailer 1, Trailer 2.


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Creed II contains examples of:

  • 555: Robert’s phone number, which Rocky stares at when thinking of calling his son, begins with 555.
  • Adult Fear:
    • Not only is Bianca continuing to lose her hearing, but her and Adonis's child is born deaf. Both are distraught at the news, but Rocky assures him that his daughter is a fighter.
    • Mary Anne learning that Adonis is planning on fighting Viktor. If Apollo's death wasn't traumatizing enough, she now has to deal with the possibility of her adoptive son getting killed in the ring as well.
    • For Rocky, realizing that the man he considers like a son might end up dying like Apollo. When Adonis gets knocked out in the first fight, on tv, Rocky turns off the tv as he can't deal with it.
  • Artistic License – Sports: As with all Rocky films, the fighters take power shots to the head at about 10 times the frequency of any real boxing match. It's also quite unlikely that a boxer who has been knocked down five times in a single match will have anything left to keep fighting, let alone earn a stoppage.
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  • Ascended Extra: Little Duke only had a minor role in the first film, appearing only when he refuses to help Adonis become a full-time boxer and at the disastrous weigh-in for the Wheeler-Conlon fight. Here, he agrees to become Adonis's trainer for the Drago fight after Rocky refuses and stays with him even after Rocky returns for the rematch.
  • Badass Decay: In-universe. "Stuntman" Wheeler KO'ed Adonis easily during their sparring session in the first movie. Adonis returns the favor in this movie's opening bout, and the announcers agree that Wheeler's skills have declined considerably in three years.
  • Call-Back:
    • Viktor stands One Head Taller than Adonis just like his father did to Rocky.
    • Before Adonis's fight against Wheeler, Bianca asks him if he's taken a shit, referencing his hilarious freakout from the first movie.
    • In the first film, Adonis offered his Mustang as an incentive for one of the fighters at Delphi's to challenge him. Wheeler took the offer and proceeded to knock him down. Prior to their fight here, they agreed that if Adonis won he would get it back. Once Adonis knocks Wheeler out, he demands the keys.
  • Calling the Old Man Out: Though Viktor truly does want to make his father proud, at one point he does angrily lash out at Ivan about him trying to impress the same people who abused him and tossed him aside, including his ex-wife Ludmilla.
  • The Cameo: Brigitte Nielsen reprises the role of Ludmilla for two scenes, and Milo Ventimiglia reprises the role of Rocky’s son, Robert, for the final scene in the movie.
  • Continuity Nod: The Rocky Steps at the at Philadelphia Museum of Art is revisited again, only this time, it's Ivan and Viktor Drago who's standing at the top of the steps after they arrive in America to challenge Adonis.
  • Curb Stomp Cushion: Adonis's first fight with Victor; he gets in a few good blows and draws blood, but overall gets destroyed.
  • Defeat as Backstory: Having been defeated by Rocky in the past is the reason Ivan is pushing his son into becoming a champion.
  • Disqualification-Induced Victory: Adonis is awarded one when Viktor hits him while he's down.
  • Hammy Herald: Bianca fills this role for Adonis' Big Entrance to his rematch fight with Viktor in Russia, singing a fight ballad that she composed specifically for that moment.
  • History Repeats:
    • Once again a Creed faces a Drago. Rocky really doesn't want it to end the same way.
    • Adonis becomes a heavyweight, the same classification that his father, Rocky and Ivan fought as; Viktor is also a heavyweight.
    • This gets Played With over both fights. As with Ivan's fight against Apollo, Viktor manages to physically manhandle Adonis, although it doesn't thankfully lead to any mortal injuries. The second fight is more of a Call-Back to Rocky's own turn against Ivan as it takes place on Russian soil - as before, Drago loses.
  • How the Mighty Have Fallen: Ivan’s reputation never recovered from his loss to Rocky, which resulted in his wife Ludmilla divorcing him, leaving Ivan to raise his son Viktor in poverty in Kiev. Ivan hopes that he can restore both his reputation and his marriage through Viktor.
  • Husky Russkie: Viktor Drago's actor Florian Munteanu is a very muscular 6'4. This is especially noticeable in the trailer as he towers over Michael B. Jordan.
  • Jerkass: Buddy Marcelle is quick to take a jab at Apollo to Adonis when the latter is initially disinterested in fighting. He later shows some redeeming qualities, though.
    • Then of course Ludmilla, who shows just how big of a deadbeat mother she is.
  • Kick the Dog: Upon meeting Adonis for the first time in person (whose father he killed) Ivan’s first words to him are:
    Ivan: You're smaller than your father.
  • Manly Tears: Happens to Adonis thrice: first when he learns that his daughter was born deaf second when he's brooding over his loss to Viktor in the hospital, and third when at the gym trying to calm the baby down and he punches the heavy bag and then cries out of frustration. The second instance is notable because it's a rare example in a mainstream film of a male hero crying for his own pain and humiliation.
    Creed: How's that baby even gonna look at me?
  • Meaningful Name: Drago's son is optimistically named Viktor; Drago is hoping to regain the glory he had before losing to Rocky through his son.
  • Mirrored Confrontation Shot: Between Adonis, Viktor, Rocky, and Ivan on the teaser poster.
  • My God, What Have I Done?: In the final fight Drago realizes that his obsession with regaining his glory and the love of his country/ex-wife has cost him his relationship with his son and may end up killing him as he continues to fight long after he's run out of energy. This leads him to throw in the towel and end the match.
  • My Greatest Failure: Antagonist version: Ivan blames himself and his loss to Rocky for all the miseries visited upon himself and his son.
  • Not So Different: Because of Ivan, Adonis never had a father. Because of Rocky (technically), Viktor never had a mother.
  • Parental Abandonment: Ludmilla left Ivan and Viktor after Ivan's defeat in Rocky IV. She reappears in their lives with her new husband once Viktor gains international prestige after his first fight with Adonis. Viktor even complains that she is a stranger to him. She leaves once again after Viktor looks almost certain to lose in the rematch.
  • Plot-Mandated Friendship Failure: Adonis, outraged by Rocky's lack of support in his first fight against Viktor, leaves him behind for Los Angeles and a new trainer. Of course, they make up in time for Rocky to train him for the rematch.
  • The Power of Hate: Viktor is described as being fueled by this, especially given that Ivan sought to use his talents as a way to returning prestige to the Drago name, something he does call his old man out for.
  • Pyrrhic Victory: Adonis and Viktor's first fight ends in a disqualification when the latter lands an illegal blow that knocks out the former. This bites both men; Adonis feels disgruntled that he was utterly dominated despite retaining his title while Viktor is infuriated by not being the champion himself even though he clearly controlled that fight.
  • Reality Ensues:
    • Drago was essentially made to be a living propaganda machine for the Soviets and was defeated by an American on their home turf. His life and reputation has never recovered from the shame.
    • Several of the previous Rocky films depicted characters pulling several illegal moves and cheap shots that would get them disqualified in real life with no punishment. Here, Viktor punching Adonis while the latter was on his knees and knocking him out results in a disqualification by the referee and is held up by the WBC.
    • Being able to win your fights early on with sheer overwhelming power won't do any good for for your long-term endurance, and it really won't help if your opponent trains specifically to tank your power shots and drag the fight out. Viktor and Ivan learn this the hard way in the second fight.
    • Adonis' first fight with Viktor leaves him horribly injured, having to be taken home in a wheelchair, being unable to perform basic tasks for months, and urinating blood. He also screams in pain and drops to his knees when he takes a particularly nasty gut shot, which leads to two broken ribs and a ruptured kidney. This is all the more jarring because Rocky was usually nigh-invulnerable.
    • Rocky and his son's relationship never actually healed despite the events of Rocky Balboa and tensions remained high well after their apparent reconciliation, so much so that Rocky's grandchild doesn't even recognize him when he meets him. Though, thankfully, at that point Rocky's son is just happy to see him again and nothing else matters to him.
  • Screw This, I'm Outta Here!: Ludmilla and her new husband leave the arena during the final fight when it's clear Viktor will lose.
  • Serial Escalation: Viktor is even larger and more powerful than Ivan ever was.
  • Skewed Priorities: Upon defeating Wheeler, Adonis seems to care more about the fact he won his Mustang back than he does about becoming the Heavyweight Champion.
  • Slobs vs. Snobs: Inverted, like most Rocky films from the third film on. Our hero is the reigning champion fighting a hungry young upstart. Adonis is specifically raised in a mansion and has earned millions of dollars from his own fights, while Viktor sleeps on a couch in a dingy apartment while working manual labor to pay the bills.
  • Stage Dad: Ivan is one to Viktor. Slightly more sympathetic than most examples since his own life been destroyed by his loss to Rocky. But it’s obvious he views Victor as his own chance for redemption. He does get redemption at the end as well when he throws in the towel and then immediately goes to comfort Victor acting much more like his father than his coach.
  • Theme Music Power-Up: Like the previous film, "Gonna Fly Now" plays during the end of the final fight.
  • Training from Hell: This appears to be a daily occurrence for Viktor from Ivan. Adonis gets his own version in the desert to train before his rematch.
  • Very Loosely Based on a True Story: The first fight between Adonis and Viktor, where heavyweight champion of the world Adonis Creed fights a lesser known Eastern European heavyweight and gets absolutely battered, but gets a meaningless victory after the latter gets himself disqualified for low blows calls to mind Riddick Bowe vs Andrew Golota, in which heavyweight champion of the world Riddick Bowe was likewise battered by lesser-known Eastern European heavyweight Andrew Golota and walked away with a meaningless victory after the latter got himself disqualified by low blows. Like in the movie, they had a rematch to settle things right (but unlike the movie, the exact same thing happened).
  • Victory by Endurance: Part of the reason why Viktor loses the rematch is in part due to having never fought past the fourth round in any instance, allowing the more experienced Adonis to begin wearing him down.
  • Villain Opening Scene: The first scene shows Ivan and Viktor's lifestyle in Ukraine.
  • "Well Done, Son!" Guy: Viktor's entire motivation is to make his father proud, having been drilled since birth on the importance of winning. When he refuses to go down in the final match despite no longer having the strength to fight, it is Ivan who proves his love by throwing in the towel for him and assuring his son that it will be okay.
  • Wham Shot: In the trailer: The mysterious hooded opponent that faces Adonis in the ring turns his back toward the camera, revealing the name on the back of his robe: 'Drago'.
  • Won the War, Lost the Peace: From a purely physical perspective; Rocky beat Drago, but while the latter is still in great shape and apparently emerged from their match without significant injuries despite losing, Rocky was permanently debilitated by the fight ("He broke things in me that ain't never been fixed").

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