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Creed II will find Michael B. Jordan's Adonis Creed seeking to avenge his father by defeating the son of the man who killed him in the ring. In Viktor Drago, Adonis faces an opponent who may be even more deadly than the man who killed his father, the Siberian Express, Ivan Drago. A new video for Creed II hammers this point home, showing Florian Munteanu's positively terrifying boxer who, like his father before him, looks unbeatable. Take a look.
Yeah, Adonis has his work cut out for him, although just getting in the ring with that dude is a moral victory if you believe in those. Like the actor playing him, Viktor Drago is a tall 6'4" and a massive 245 lbs and he completely dwarfs Michael B. Jordan's character, similar to how Sylvester Stallone's Rocky Balboa looked like he wasn't even close to being in the same weight class as Dolph Lundgren's Russian.
That size alone is a lot for Adonis to overcome, not to mention Drago's lengthy 79" reach. More than just being a shredded giant, this video from MGM shows Viktor Drago to have an insane level of athleticism and some seriously scary power. He looks like he could starch a rhinoceros with one punch.
At the end of the video, we can see the look of pure bewilderment on Adonis' face after taking a mean left hook from the Russian. He has clearly never taken a shot like that and he will have to dig deep and absorb punishment like he's never experienced if he hopes to stand a chance against such a terrifying force.
The other thing that comes across in this video and in the trailers for Creed II is that while Viktor Drago possesses the same intimidating size and skill that gave Rocky such problems, he did not inherit his father's stoicism. Ivan was like a cold, unfeeling machine, designed for victory and to break people as a matter of routine, with no emotion attached to the act.
Viktor is something else entirely. In the trailer, Rocky tells Adonis that Viktor was raised in hate. We know that life was very hard for Ivan Drago after his loss to Rocky. Those struggles lead to anger, and as a wise master once said, anger leads to hate and hate leads to suffering. We see what that hate has created and it looks as if it will bef Adonis who will be suffering.
Viktor seems full of rage with a ferocity and intensity that would probably defeat most opponents mentally before they ever set foot in the ring with him. I'm not sure that this grudge match will end with the same unifying message about change that Rocky once espoused, thus ending the Cold War.