If there’s one thing that has rung true with Sylvester Stallone throughout his career, it’s that occasionally large pinches of salt are required when he says something ‘definitive’ about a prospective film or characters arc. Last year, and not for the first time, he suggested that Balboa was ready to bow out. Creed II delivered the goods on the spinoff series and gave Balboa a great closing moment that satisfactorily shut the book on the Italian Stallion’s illustrious movie career.
The thing is, Rocky Balboa also marked a great send off too. Some 16 years after the disastrous fifth film, Stallone was given the go ahead to give Balboa a proper finish. Laden with sincerity and nostalgia the film was effective and it was successful. When Ryan Coogler decided to expand on the universe by bringing