Warning: Spoiler before Creed II .
No, Rocky is not quite dead, but it looks like he's out of the game.
Sylvester Stallone had a tear-dropper from a video about his Instagram in which he encircles a speech at a campfire surrounded by Creed II cast and crew. He says goodbye to the family and suggests playing the role of Rocky Balboa.
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"This is probably my last rodeo. I never expected what happened. I thought Rocky would be over in 2006 and I was very happy with it, "says Stallone to the assembled group, referring to the year when Rocky Balboa came out. "Then this young man suddenly presents himself and the whole story has changed. It developed a new generation, new problems, new adventures. And I could not be happier because when I step back because my story is told, a whole new world will open up. "Then he hugs Michael B. Jordan, the new star of the latest Rocky franchise. very successful iteration.
For those of you who spit and insist No, Rocky's story can not be over Creed II (which came out early this month) does pretty things for the old Balboa.
We've known since the first Creed that the 72-year-old actor's boxer suffered from non-Hodgkin's lymphoma. In the sequel, he returns to help Adonis Creed properly train for a fight against Viktor Drago, a son of Ivan who killed Apollo Creed in Rocky's 80s.
But when this fight is resolved, Rocky finds some Greater Closure by reuniting with his own alienated son and meeting his grandson. This reflects the bow of Adonis, who grew up without his father and has a child in Creed II . It is an appropriate way to send Rocky into a glorious retirement life.
"I want to thank all the people around the world for bringing the Rocky family into their hearts for over 40 years," Stallone labeled his video. "It was my ultimate privilege to create and play this meaningful character. Although it breaks my heart, unfortunately, all things have to pass … and end. I love you, kind and generous people, and the best part of all is that ROCKY will never die because he lives in you … "
So Rocky is at least not quite dead. And as for famous restraints, we all know how Jay-Z has gone. So do not be shocked if Balboa plays a different role.