Warner Bros. and MGM’s upcoming Creed 2 is nearing its release which is set for this Thanksgiving. As part of the movie’s final push on marketing, the studio has released 20 new stills.
One still shows Ivan Drago confronting Rocky Balboa at his restaurant. An earlier featurette gave a small glimpse at this scene as well. It shows Drago approaching Rocky to challenge Adonis Creed in the name of his son Viktor Drago.
Another image shows Rocky training Donnie old school style. The young creed is shown punching a pack of tiers put together to imitate a punching bag. The first trailer did confirm that Rocky will be training Adonis differently at some point in the movie.
Some of the images also show Ivan & Viktor bonding and on the ringside. In one of the still, the young Drago is facing another opponent and he clearly is overpowering him. You can check out all the stills below.
By far, the marketing isn’t trying to portray Viktor Drago as a typical antagonist. But rather, the character seems to share some similarities with Adonis. A featurette titled ‘Sins of Our Fathers’ suggest that the two have built up a boiling enmity over a feud that was set ablaze by Viktor and Apollo long ago.
It will be interesting to see if this might possibly turn into an emotional factor in the movie.
In an interview, Dolph Lundgren revealed that Ivan Drago lost everything including his wife after his match against Balboa in Rocky IV. That seems to be a driving factor for Ivan as well as his son in the sequel.
Creed 2 is likely to open at around the $50 million mark. it’s a $10 million bump compared to the earnings of the original.
Creed 2 will open in theatres on November 22. You can check out the recent trailer introducing Viktor Drago below.
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