Creed was a major gamble in 2015. Continuing the Rocky franchise, of which the most recent film was the tepidly received Rocky Balboa, and before that the disastrous Rocky V. Gambling a valuable but challenging franchise on young talent like Ryan Coogler, Michael B. Jordan and Tessa Thompson was a huge risk.
Of course it paid off, delivering the biggest opening weekend in franchise history, and the first Oscar nomination (for both Sylvester Stallone and the franchise) since the Best Picture-winning original film. In retrospect, betting on this trio, who all went on to stardom in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, seems like a sure bet. To mix my sports metaphors, it seems as obvious as drafting Steph Curry.
The film is directed by Steven Caple, Jr. Like Ryan Coogler, he's only made one feature before this film: 2016's coming-of-age drama The Land. Check out the poster below.
Creed II opens Wednesday, November 21.