ArtsAutosBooksBusinessEducationEntertainmentFamilyFashionFoodGamesGenderHealthHolidaysHomeHubPagesPersonal FinancePetsPoliticsReligionSportsTechnologyTravel

Back in the Ring: Creed II

Updated on December 15, 2018


Adonis Creed showed he could be a big name in the ring, as his father had been, and his rise continues in Creed II. Adonis (Michael B. Jordan) gets his title shot after defeating a string of opponents. He gets the title belt when he defeats Danny "Stuntman" Wheeler (Andre Ward) in dominating fashion. Meanwhile, in Russia, boxing promoter Buddy Marcelle (Russell Hornsby) has been scouting Viktor Drago (Florian Munteanu), a punishing fighter much like his father and trainer, Ivan Drago (Dolph Lundgren). When Creed takes the title, Marcelle looks for a match between the sons of the famed boxers. While Adonis wants the match, neither Creed's trainer, Rocky Balboa (Sylvester Stallone), nor Adonis's partner, Bianca Taylor (Tessa Thompson), want him to take the match, as both know that the match between the fathers ended in tragedy. Adonis does not take the advice and gets a new trainer in Tony "Little Duke" Evers (Wood Harris) when he and Bianca relocate to Los Angeles for the benefit of her singing career. The match seems destined to go Drago's way, until he throws one punch too many and gets disqualified.

The match, though, leaves Adonis severely injured. For weeks, Adonis keeps mostly to himself, despite knowing that he and Bianca are about to have a baby. Little Duke reminds Adonis that he needs to agree to another fight or risk vacating the title he won. His stepmother, Mary Anne Creed (Phylicia Rashad), reaches out to Rocky to try and help Adonis get back into life. After Adonis and Rocky reconcile, Rocky gets him ready to box again, and helps him to prepare for a Creed-Drago rematch. Both fighters, though, experience detours on the way. Viktor is unreceptive to Russian leaders who admire him and want him to fight for the honor of the motherland. When Bianca and Adonis welcome their daughter, they fear that the infant has inherited her mother's hearing issues. Nevertheless, Adonis and his corner and supporters travel to Moscow for the much-anticipated rematch.


Creed II once again goes into familiar story territory and delivers a winning combination. Bianca and Adonis's baby and potential difficulties are a bit like the problems Rocky and Adrian faced in Rocky II. A second generation of Creed and Drago set the stage for the main conflict in two showdowns. While Creed director Ryan Coogler has production credit for this follow-up, the director of note is Steven Caple, Jr., whose only other feature was The Land in 2016. Stallone helps to provide the screenplay and keeps most details from the previous films consistent. However, I noticed that both Creed and Wheeler were depicted as light heavyweights in Creed, but have moved up to the heavyweight division in the sequel. Still, these characters show they are just as interesting as they have been, even though the film moves along with almost complete predictability.

Jordan, Stallone, and Thompson once again give solid performances. Jordan shows a boxer who gets his biggest challenge to date in the man who's looking to dominate in the ring. Adonis had had challenges with both Stuntman and Ricky Conlon in the first film, but young Drago shows he's as physical as his father - and just as obsessed to show the weight class that nobody can withstand his barrage of punches. Jordan also has the movie's best moment as he anxiously watches his daughter's audiology exam. Stallone is still at his best in one of his most beloved roles. He shares his knowledge of the ring, and offers his advice to Adonis. Even though the decision to box Adonis went against his opinion, he comes around to forgiving young Creed and gets him ready for the rematch. Thompson is very good as the young singer who finds herself in the position of dealing with a damaged partner. She remains devoted and concerned as their lives change. Brigitte Nielsen reprises her role as Ivan's former wife, Ludmilla, as does Milo Ventimiglia as Rocky's son, Robert Balboa, Jr.. ESPN personalities Max Kellerman, Linda Cohn, and Scott Van Pelt appear as themselves.


It has been said that Creed II is not only the sequel to Creed, but also to Rocky IV. While Adonis Creed continues his career in the ring, the man who killed his father in a match looks for redemption by training his son to do what he could not. The Rocky/Creed saga, though, has been much more than the fights at the climax of these films. The series has also been about family, both biological and boxing. Adonis Creed already had a good life before he committed himself to the sport of his father, but he could not have achieved his success in the ring without supportive family and friends familiar with the sport. Perhaps he will do what his father failed to do. All Adonis Creed has to do is learn how to listen better to the people in his corner.

On a scale of zero to four stars, I give Creed II 3 stars. The time of a new Creed has come.

Creed II trailer

© 2018 Pat Mills


This website uses cookies

As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, uses cookies (and other similar technologies) and may collect, process, and share personal data. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at:

Show Details
HubPages Device IDThis is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.
LoginThis is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.
Google RecaptchaThis is used to prevent bots and spam. (Privacy Policy)
AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
Amazon Web ServicesThis is a cloud services platform that we used to host our service. (Privacy Policy)
CloudflareThis is a cloud CDN service that we use to efficiently deliver files required for our service to operate such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the or domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)
ClickscoThis is a data management platform studying reader behavior (Privacy Policy)