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https://www.instagram.com/p/BXllnATj06u/

Awwwwwwww yeah. I'm so in.
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I think Drago might work better as a wisened, regretful old trainer, rather than a fighter. But in Sly we trust.
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I think Drago might work better as a wisened, regretful old trainer, rather than a fighter. But in Sly we trust.

The chance to further humanize Drago is too juicy not to pursue. And the possibilities of Adonis meeting and coming to terms with Drago are endless.

Creed was my happiest movie surprise of the year when it came out, and I can't wait to see the next chapter.
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I'm a massive fan of the entire series, but I'm a little worried about Ryan Cooler seems to have been completely shut out of this writing process. Anyone know if he's still attached as director. I really thought his energy brought a lot to "Creed".

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CREED is one of my favorite sequels of all time, but I just can't get interested in this without knowing Ryan Coogler's involvement.  Especially since it seems to be another "Rocky (Adonis) fights OMG unbeatable opponent!" movie.

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Sly's just about had a comeback every decade since his mega-star days (Cliffhanger in the 90's, the three-way KO of Rocky Balboa, John Rambo and The Expendables in the 00's and Creed this decade). Each time pulling himself out of a (self-inflicted) rut with a genuinely good movie... wherein he immediately gives into his worst instincts and delivers a string of hot garbage - the exact same crap that took him straight to the bottom. Lather, rinse, repeat.

 

If any Creed sequel lacks Coogler, then I'm out. He was why it worked with respect to Sly (who certainly didn't "need" to come back after Rocky Balboa beautifully closed out the franchise and character). Bringing in Drago just shows Sly yet again hasn't learned from his past failures and taking the wrong lessons from his returns-to-glory.

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You guys could be right. After 40 years and seven films it's quite clear that Sylvester Stallone has no sense of what audiences want from this franchise.

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Sly's just about had a comeback every decade since his mega-star days (Cliffhanger in the 90's, the three-way KO of Rocky Balboa, John Rambo and The Expendables in the 00's and Creed this decade). Each time pulling himself out of a (self-inflicted) rut with a genuinely good movie... wherein he immediately gives into his worst instincts and delivers a string of hot garbage - the exact same crap that took him straight to the bottom. Lather, rinse, repeat.

 

If any Creed sequel lacks Coogler, then I'm out. He was why it worked with respect to Sly (who certainly didn't "need" to come back after Rocky Balboa beautifully closed out the franchise and character). Bringing in Drago just shows Sly yet again hasn't learned from his past failures and taking the wrong lessons from his returns-to-glory.

 

Coogler did a serviceable job as a director and writer but is not needed in either capacity to make this project work.

 

You think people will show up to a CREED sequel for their Ryan Coogler fix? Fuck no. They want to see Sly.

 

And that recent "string of hot garbage" from Stallone's CV includes BULLET TO THE HEAD and ESCAPE PLAN, both of which are respectable action thrillers.

post #11 of 31
Rocky Bolboa is still a great Rocky. I go back and forth with Creed and Bolboa for my favorite after the first Rocky. In the end it's another Rocky and I'm happy.

I'll bring my Kleenex.
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You guys could be right. After 40 years and seven films it's quite clear that Sylvester Stallone has no sense of what audiences want from this franchise.


I don't care what audiences want from the franchise, I care about whether it's a good movie or not.  And I'll trust the guy behind CREED and FRUITVALE STATION over the guy behind ROCKY II-IV, thanks.

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I'm not hot on this. I'm sure it won't be worthless, but as much joy as Rocky IV brings me, it's not because I think it's a genuinely good movie. It's fun because Stallone's ego is full bloom, the villain is ridiculous, and it's a perfect snapshot of the 1980's. It's totally fun, it's a lark, but I'd like to think that a sequel to Creed would have the chance to be more than that. It's going to be kind of hard to do that when you actively remind people that Rocky once fought a juiced-up commie Superman (something Creed actively avoided being specific about).

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I'm not hot on this. I'm sure it won't be worthless, but as much joy as Rocky IV brings me, it's not because I think it's a genuinely good movie. It's fun because Stallone's ego is full bloom, the villain is ridiculous, and it's a perfect snapshot of the 1980's. It's totally fun, it's a lark, but I'd like to think that a sequel to Creed would have the chance to be more than that. It's going to be kind of hard to do that when you actively remind people that Rocky once fought a juiced-up commie Superman (something Creed actively avoided being specific about).

Sure, but if Drago is repentant and Adonis wants to take him apart, Sly is pushing for peace and Adonis wants war... that could be a good film.

The pieces are there for a good story, is my point. Whether it comes together as one may largely depend on the director, so I'm hoping to hell Coogler gets to keep this.
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I'm both so excited and so dreading this!
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Adonis Creed is the protagonist and shouldn't be weighted down by Rocky's mythology. Yes, Drago killed his father, but Adonis didn't know his father, so his connection to him is his Apollo's legacy. That was completely and satisfactorily dealt with in Creed. Bringing Drago back feels like it's more about Rocky than Adonis.

I can meet halfway on this: It's fine if Drago appears, but only as an extended cameo of sorts in a subplot. As the son of this universe's Muhammad Ali, Adonis would certainly attract a lot of sports and entertainment media attention and at some point, someone would track down Drago to get an interview on what happened that day and for his thoughts on Creed's son. That makes sense. However, beyond a poignant moment where Adonis and Drago meet, and Drago maybe offers up his perspective on the dark side of the sport, I don't give a shit.

Have Adonis be a big enough man to grant a perhaps haunted Drago just that one moment, away from press and cameras, and I can maybe work with that.
post #17 of 31
with stallone's tendency towards melodrama...

oh no...
post #18 of 31
I love all the Rocky's (even V) so this has my ass in a seat no matter what. If nothing else, I think this might be the one where Rocky actually dies (ala Mickey in III and Adonis completely takes over).

And it's always nice seeing Dolph get work. Even if it's an Imagine Dragons music video.
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Drago becomes the new Paulie!

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Can only imagine the off-screen death Sly will conjure up for Ludmilla.

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Butt-cancer, of course.

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Drago becomes the new Paulie!

This seems all too plausible! All Rocky's enemies stick around in this series long enough to become allies. Spider Rico works in his kitchen! 

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That should've been the after credits scene for Creed.
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So the plot would be Adonis getting into the ring with an old Drago? I guess Dolph is still in pretty great shape.

I assume Ryan Coogler isn't coming back being tied up with Black Panther. Would Stallone direct?

While he's at it, bring back ex-wife Brigitte!
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Adonis needs his own Clubber Lang, not old Drago.
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But Russia is all the rage right now.
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I'm going to be so happy if Stallone is creating all this terrible CREED 2 artwork on his Instagram himself.

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According to some of Sly's posts ("sins of the fathers" and lately "the son is rising" with a Drago artwork), it sounds more like Drago's son will play a big part in this... Anyway Dolph is supposed to go back filming AQUAMAN first (and then direct his new movie MALEVOLENCE). Plus with Sly the script can still change 180° right before shooting so we'll see...

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