When Creed, the long-awaited follow-up to Rocky Balboa, hit theatres in summer 2015 audiences were wowed by its incredible acting, direction and gripping new story. Sylvester Stallone returned as Rocky in the spin-off which saw the son of Rocky/Rocky II antagonist Apollo Creed training to take on light heavyweight champion Ricky Conlan (played by real-life boxer Tony Bellew). It didn’t take long for a sequel to be green-lit, and Creed 2 is said to be more of a Rocky IV-inspired project, with director Ryan Coogler now in the midst of prepping Marvel Studios’ Black Panther for its February release and Stallone now searching for his replacement.
The 71-year-old action star earned himself an Academy Award nomination for Best Supporting Actor with Creed and will no doubt be looking to ride the current high with the sequel, which he is currently in the process of writing a script for. Jordan’s Adonis will be taking on Rocky IV‘s now much older Ivan Drago (Dolph Lundgren) in the upcoming sequel, and with Stallone having overseen much of Rocky IV‘s workload, including its direction, there is nobody better to continue the narrative and bring the two fighters together in a meaningful way.
With Creed having garnered much attention and love from both existing Rocky fans and new audience members, many have been waiting to hear more about its follow-up and a possible release date when they can expect to see it. Well it seems as though none other than Stallone himself has finally dropped a big hint, via Instagram, as to when that will be:
Slyly dropping the year 2018 into the caption hints a release date sometime next year, three years on from Creed‘s cinematic debut. At this point, it seems likely that Stallone would continue Adonis’ story not far where we left off and Rocky will probably remain an important part of the young boxer’s career, and his life. Rocky knows the threat that Drago poses and as such can give Adonis the best chance for their fight.
Hopefully, Creed 2 will also see the introduction of some new characters and even potential new opponents, in and out of the ring, for both Adonis and Rocky to have to deal with. If the huge success of Creed is anything to go by this franchise is only just getting started.
Creed 2 is expected for release some time in 2018.