'Creed' Synopsis: the Italian Stallion Fights For His Life in 'Rocky' Spinoff

Wednesday, 25 February 2015 10:43 Written by  iamrogue
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'Creed' Synopsis: the Italian Stallion Fights For His Life in 'Rocky' Spinoff

The official synopsis for this year's Rocky spinoff Creed reveals that Michael B. Jordan's character is named Adonis Johnson.

That's a great, great boxing name, one that stands tall among Rocky franchise monikers like Clubber Lang, Ivan Drago, and Mason "The Line" Dixon.  It's just one detail in a surprisingly thorough synopsis that implies Sylvester Stallone's famous pugilist is fighting his most formidable opponent ever: Cancer.

You may have thought the 2006 sequel Rocky Balboa was a sendoff for the Italian Stallion, but Sly is coming back for another round, and this time he's not the boxer.  This time, Rock slips into the Mickey role, acting as coach and mentor to a hungry young boxer.

That's Adonis, who is, in fact, the son of Apollo Creed, Balboa's rival in Rocky and Rocky II and his BFF in Rocky III and Rocky IV, in which he met his demise at the hands of that dastardly Russian Ivan Drago.  Jordan, a phenomenal actor who's playing Johnny Storm in this summer's Fantastic Four reboot, stars as Adonis.  He's reteaming with Ryan Coogler, who directed him in the acclaimed Fruitvale Station.

The first real synopsis of Creed just arrived online to lay out the relationship between Adonis and Rocky while also providing a heads up that Creed might just be the emotional equivalent of an upper cut to our collective glass jaw:

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 does sound like Rocky Balboa is going to get knocked out for the count, doesn't it?  Which would be devastating and pretty amazing, actually: this franchise following Rocky over almost forty years might follow him from his humble beginnings through huge triumphs, brain damage, fatherly missteps, comebacks, devastating personal loss, and, ultimately, death.

Coogler and Jordan actually came up with the Creed concept, to which Stallone so thoroughly grokked that he co-wrote the screenplay with Coogler and Aaron Covington.  Hopefully his episode of boxing mentorship works out better for Balboa than his dalliance with Tommy "Machine" Gunn in Rocky V.

Creed hits theaters on November 25th of this year.  Based on the synopsis, you might want to bring a hanky as you say goodbye to your favorite fictitious boxer.

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