Connecting the plot to the tragic events that took place during the aforementioned Rocky IV involving Apollo Creed and Ivan Drago, this follow-up is more than just a cash grab. And since there are seven films to reference up to this point, the premise for Creed II pretty much writes itself, so there’s not much need for any crafting of story. In the three years since the events of the previous film, Apollo’s son, Adonis (Michael B. Jordan), has become a household name winning the World Heavyweight Championship.
The fighter still has doubters, like always, who think he’s just riding the coattails of his father and Rocky Balboa (Sylvester Stallone), who’s now his trainer. Up and coming Russian fighter, Viktor Drago (Florian Munteanu), the son of Ivan Drago (Dolph Lundgren), who killed Adonis’ father in the ring years ago, challenges Apollo to a fight. Adonis sees the opportunity as poetic justice for his father and agrees to the fight, going against Rocky’s sage advice.