Admittedly, when the seventh installment of the Rocky franchise was announced, we may have rolled our eyes a bit. After all, the original film was released in 1976, so the franchise has been around for nearly 40 years. However, when we learned a bit more about Creed (and who would be starring in the film) our feelings changed. Michael B. Jordan stars as Adonis Johnson, Apollo Creed’s illegitimate son. Creed was killed in 1985’s Rocky IV, but his legacy is still very much alive in Adonis. Though the film hasn’t even been released yet, Director Ryan Coogler‘s Creed is already getting rave reviews! Here are 6 reasons why Creed is going to send the Rocky franchise out with a bang.
1. Michael ‘Bae’ Jordan
So yes, the “B” actually stands for Bakari, but that’s neither here nor there. MBJ has been climbing his way into super stardom for the past several years, and his role in Creed will just confirm just how epic he is. Not only is he attractive AF, he’s proven that he can play anyone from a superhero to a drug dealer.
2. Ryan Coogler
Creed follows Coogler’s 2013 stunning debut, Fruitvale Station. He actually wrote the screenplay for Creed, which makes it the first of film from the Rocky franchise that Sylvester Stallone did not pen. It looks like the film is very much apart of the Rocky franchise, but also forges a path on its own.
3. Stallone’s Presence
Though this is Coogler’s baby, the film still kept its continuity with Stallone’s return as the legendary Rocky Balboa. Seventh installment or not, there could have been a Rocky film without Stallone’s presence.
4. The Wire Reunion
If you’re a fan of one of the greatest shows of all time, HBO’s The Wire, then you’ll recognize Michael ‘Bae’ Jordan from his role as the 16-year-old drug dealer, Wallace. You might not realize that there is another fan favorite from The Wire in Creed. Wood Harris, who played Avon Barksdale in the series, stars as Tony ‘Little Duke’ Burton in the film. Clearly this is the The Wire reunion we’ve been waiting for.
5. Michael ‘Bae’s’ Bod
Seriously, look how ripped “Bae” is!! We could just watch him exercise for all 133 minutes of Creed; a plot would seriously just be icing on a already delectable cake.
6. The Homage To Philly
Philadelphia has always been a huge part of the Rocky franchise. However, Creed director Ryan Coogler has been vocal about showing a different side of the city. Though the film is about Adonis Johnson and not Rocky, the film still ends up at the top of the famous Art Museum steps.
Watch the trailer for Creed below: