On November 21, 2018, the highly reviewed film, Creed II, was released to the public in theaters across the world. While in theaters, it has collected over $100,000,000 which is a milestone for the Box Office. Director, Steven Caple Jr. created cinematic magic when he revived the tragic yet uplifting story of Rocky Balboa and Apollo Creed verses the tough, ruthless Ivan Drago. But, in this fight, it is their children, Adonis Creed, portrayed by Michael B. Jordan and Viktor Drago, acted by Florian Munteanu, who seek to carry their fathers’ legacy in the boxing ring.

In the beginning, Adonis Creed has just become the heavyweight boxing champion of the world. It seemed that as he was able to win the champion’s belt, he was able to carry his father’s legacy. But, following this victory, he was reminded of the tragic demise of his father in 1985 when he was killed in the boxing ring by Russian boxer, Ivan Drago. The reminder came in the form of a challenge to fight by the son of Ivan, Viktor Drago. Immediately, he was no longer fighting for himself and his name, but to continue a legacy that his father died protecting so long ago.

Answering the challenge of Viktor Drago was the final punch that broke Creed. As he faced Drago in the ring, he realized his mistake of underestimating his opponent, which would cost his health and spirit dearly. Following this fight, Creed’s life seemed to be shattered into many pieces. And rather than his priority being the boxing ring, it became rebuilding his friendships, providing for his fiancé, learning to be a father, and believing in himself as a man and a fighter once again.

After the defeat, legendary boxer, trainer, and friend, Rocky Balboa, played by Sylvester Stallone, rejoins Creed in training him to fight Drago in the rematch. However, Balboa forces Creed to adapt to an extreme form of training to prepare for what is ahead of him. In this journey, Balboa teaches Creed not only to be a better fighter, but to become a better man for the people who need him.

Through this experience, Creed learns that the boxing ring is a symbol of everything he was forced to overcome, but it is not his legacy. As he stands before his father’s grave, he realizes that his father’s legacy did not die with him in the boxing ring. But, it continued through him, his son, Adonis Creed, just as his will live through the family he has created.