Creed II had to find a way to up the ante from the 2015 original. Michael B. Jordan looks bigger and meaner than ever. But damn, we’re getting nervous about what he’s going up against.
MGM just released new footage introducing us to the Rocky franchise’s next villain, and to say it has fans hyped is an understatement. Florian “Big Nasty” Munteanu, the Romanian actor, boxer, and fitness star, will play none other than Viktor Drago—and holy crap, he’s jacked as hell.
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For those not clued in, Viktor is the son of Ivan Drago, the Soviet boxer who killed Adonis Creed’s father Apollo Creed in a fight in Rocky IV, thus sparking Rocky’s vengeful match against Ivan. In Creed II, out November 21, Adonis will have to confront this sad legacy, taking on Viktor as his opponent in the ring. We also know that Dolph Lundgren will be back to reprise his role as Ivan, emotionless killing machine.
If Adonis has any hope of a shot, he needs to come out with some new moves. As the video tells us, Viktor Drago—like Munteanu—is a 6’4″, 245-pound beast with a 79″ reach who makes Jordan looks puny by comparison. Even the way he does pull-ups doesn’t seem quite human. So much for the days when Jordan looked scary.