The pressing question of "What would happened if Apollo Creed had a son?" is finally answered.
Instead of making Rocky VII: Rocky vs. ISIS, Sylvester Stallone has decided to put his famous boxing franchise in new hands with the upcoming Rocky spinoff, Creed. Creed tells the story of Adonis Creed, the son of Rocky's deceased opponent-turned-friend, Apollo Creed. Michael B. Jordan stars in the titular role. The film will be directed by Ryan Coogler, who previously collaborated with Jordan on Fruitvale Station. Judging by some of the soundbites from the trailer, it looks like standard inspirational sports movie fare:
I've been fighting my whole life. It's not a choice for me.
It ain't about how hard you can hit. It's about how hard you can get hit.
*Rocky makes Creed face a mirror* You see that guy here? That's the toughest opponent you're ever going to have to face.
Stallone reprises his role as Rocky Balboa, who will guide the young Creed through his journey to success. That's a pretty bold move if you think about it. The creator of the franchise is playing a wizened old mentor within the franchise. Expect a bunch of nods to the old movie and a joke or two about Stallone's age. Jordan is also playing the Human Torch in the upcoming Fantastic Four reboot, so let's pray that this leads to some sort of Fantastic Four/Rocky crossover.