'Creed' Looks Like the First 'Rocky' Movie That's Mattered in 35 Years

The first footage from the movie was revealed Tuesday at CinemaCon.

From left: Ryan Coogler, Sylvester Stallone, Michael B. Jordan.
From left: Ryan Coogler, Sylvester Stallone, Michael B. Jordan.
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Rocky isn't just a movie anymore, it's American folklore, and basically nothing after the second movie has done justice to the myth. But it looks like next-generation filmmaker Ryan Coogler has a take on Sylvester Stallone's worn out franchise that's truly worthy of the Rocky legacy. It's called Creed, as in Apollo Creed, and it stars Michael B. Jordan as the son of Rocky's late rival-turned-friend.

On Tuesday, Warner Bros. revealed the first footage from the movie at CinemaCon, bringing out Stallone, Coogler, and Jordan to talk about the movie, and introduce some incredible looking footage. This time around, Creed's son will track down Rocky for some expert training. Jordan captures a kind of rage that gives him more in common with Rocky than with his character's late father, but like he tells Rocky, he never knew the great Apollo Creed.

This time the aging Rocky looks more like Mickey in the first movie, and that's not the only thing Creed has in common with Rocky. The footage we saw showed Creed running through Rocky's familiar Philly streets, but with a few modern twists. More than any one plot point or characterization, Creed looks like it nails the Rocky tone. From the run-down gym to the black-and-white pictures of Rocky and Apollo to the knowing references, this looks like a movie that gets it. The fighting looks great, but the moment that got the biggest reaction was seeing Jordan's character wearing his Dad's old iconic red-white-and-blue shorts. Chills.

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