It's safe to say that the original Creed took most people by surprise. A sort-of sequel in a franchise that was sort-of considered past its prime, the movie was a deserved smash-hit, earning Sly Stallone an Oscar nomination that you'd be justified in saying he should have won.
Creed 2 looks to keep that momentum going, bringing back all the main cast members while adding Dolph Lundgren as Ivan Drago - as well as Drago's son - into the mix. That's a bit like adding the Joker to a Batman sequel; Drago is the most memorable Rocky villain of all time, and this move will only make Creed 2 feel more epic, more unpredictable, and more nostalgia-inducing than the first.
Sadly, Creed director Ryan Coogler won't be at the helm this time, but he has had some input. He's also given his blessing to his successor, Steven Caple Jr, a man named on Forbes' highly-coveted 30 Under 30 list. The guy clearly has talent.
Creed 2 has so much going for it, and it could certainly end up in that rare group of sequels that manage to best the original.