Michael B. Jordan puts on the boxing gloves and steps back into the ring in the first poster for Creed II.
The sequel to 2015's acclaimed Creed follows Apollo Creed's son Adonis as he continues in his father's footsteps to become the greatest boxer in the world. The new poster shows Jordan's Adonis in his father's signature boxing shorts, ready for the next fight.
Accompanying the teaser poster is the first official synopsis for the sequel, which promises an epic personal and physical struggle for the young boxer:
"Life has become a balancing act for Adonis Creed. Between personal obligations and training for his next big fight, he is up against the challenge of his life. Facing an opponent with ties to his family’s past only intensifies his impending battle in the ring. Rocky Balboa is there by his side through it all and, together, Rocky and Adonis will confront their shared legacy, question what’s worth fighting for, and discover that nothing’s more important than family. Creed II is about going back to basics to rediscover what made you a champion in the first place, and remembering that, no matter where you go, you can’t escape your history."
With reports that the film will pit Adonis against the son of Ivan Drago, who killed his father in 1985's Rocky IV, the stakes for Rocky Balboa's protege have never been higher. It also adds a greater emotional distinction to Adonis wearing his father's boxing shorts in the teaser poster: They are the same ones Apollo wore into the ring when Drago mercilessly beat him to death.
As the grudge match between the two sons intensifies, only one thing is clear: If he dies, he dies.
Creed II is directed by Stephen Caple Jr. (The Land) from a script written by Sylvester Stallone and Cheo Hodari Coker (Luke Cage). The film stars Michael B. Jordan, Sylvester Stallone, Tessa Thompson, Dolph Lundgren, Florian Munteanu, and Phylicia Rashad. The film arrives in theaters Nov. 21.