The hard hitting and successful return of the Rocky franchise, in the guise of critically acclaimed Creed, has proven that there is still lots of fight in the story.
If you've not seen it yet, see the trailer below, you'll become hooked for sure:
One star in particular could pull of one of the biggest comebacks of all comebacks. Former fictional heavyweight champion Apollo Creed, played by Carl Weathers, dies in Rocky IV (1985) but could return to the screen in the form of a flashback flick.
Rocky and Apollo, Together
Sly Stallone himself explained to Variety:
"Ryan has some ideas of going forward and backward and actually seeing Rocky and Apollo together. Think of ‘The Godfather 2.’ That’s what he was thinking of, which was kind of ambitious."
Anyone doubting Carl Weathers physical prowess can rest easy in the knowledge that he and Stallone had recently met, and even sparred together in the ring. Or, as the leathery congealed ball of muscle fibres calls it, "play fighting".
Put it this way, I wouldn't "play fight" with Stallone.
Before fans of Apollo get carried away, this is only one option in a multitude of ideas. Although producers MGM have confirmed that there definitely will be a follow-up considering the success of Creed, the storyline is yet undecided.
A More Ferocious Opponent
One option is to continue the story of Apollo's son Adonis, played by Michael B. Jordan. Stallone discussed the idea of expanding Adonis's narrative:
“You’ll have him face a different opponent, which I would say is a more ferocious, big Russian. You can start to meld my experiences and then you start to bring different cultures into it.
"And you can see what’s happening with the Russians today in America. The complication will come with the girl’s ambition, because she’s not Adrian. She has places to go, things to see, the clock is running on her hearing."
Michael B. Jordan has sparred his way to Oscar contention, punching his way from obscurity. Any story which takes place in Creed 2 will no doubt involve keeping him as integral to the story.
It's fair to say if he does win the Oscar, he will have earnt it; Stallone recently Tweeted a video of him being knocked out during filming, which you can see above. Ouch!