After earning the second-biggest box-office opening of all the “Rocky” films, “Creed” has certainly made its claim for why there should be more movies focused on the son of Apollo Creed under the tutelage of Rocky Balboa.
And it seems “Creed” star Michael B. Jordan agrees.
“A character so rich as this, and the world he’s in, I want to see what happens to him next and what he does,” Jordan told the Associated Press. “Especially the way it ends off, it’s pretty cool. I think with success and time and circumstances, it would be exciting to come back.”
But the structure of the film has already laid the ground work for at least one “Creed” sequel.
(Spoiler alert: Tread lightly if you haven’t seen “Creed” yet.)
In the movie, before going to Philadelphia to seek out Balboa, Adonis Creed (Jordan) goes to the gym where his father trained to begin his path to becoming a professional boxer. But he’s turned down by the head trainer of the gym (who happens to be the son of the manager of Apollo Creed).
And to make things worse, when Adonis tries to prove he has what it takes — offering to fight all comers at the gym — he’s knocked out by one of the top-ranked fighters who trains there, Danny “Stuntman” Wheeler (played by real boxer Andre Ward).
That’s the same boxer who was unable to fight the champion, “Pretty” Ricky Conlan, because Conlan broke Wheeler’s jaw at the press conference for their fight.
This gave Adonis his shot at Conlan at the end of the movie.
So a logical plotline for the sequel is Creed taking on Wheeler (trained by Creed’s manager’s son).
And, of course, a sequel can further delve into the relationship Adonis has with Bianca (Tessa Thompson) and Rocky (Sylvester Stallone), still recovering from non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma.
This all would have been moot if “Creed” bombed at the box office, but now that it’s a hit (and may have some Oscar nominations in its future), keep looking for a sequel announcement.
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