Sylvester Stallone scored a triple knockout with the veteran action hero not only turning 69, but it has been three decades since he went the distance with Rocky IV and Rambo: First Blood, Part II.
It seems that Rocky Balboa and John Rambo were inspired by Captain America, Marvel’s ‘First Avenger’: ‘the real SHIELD’.
Rocky IV finds the ‘Italian Stallion’ avenging more than just the honor of his friend Apollo Creed (Carl Weathers). It is also the honor of the red, white, and blue known as the United States of America against Ivan Drago (Dolph Lundgren). Why? Because Rocky Balboa is a fighter whose ‘Heart’s on Fire’, but it is his ‘Burning Heart’ that gives him not only the ‘Eye of the Tiger’, but it is what makes him a champion for every underdog.
In Rambo: First Blood, Part 2, Rambo ‘went home’ to raise some serious hell in Vietnam to rescue prisoners of war. Rambo knows that to survive war and win, one must become war to win, but Rambo wants one thing in return: for America to love, honor, and respect him as he loves, honor, and respect America. Nevertheless, the government chose him because of one reason: John Rambo is ‘expendable’.
And a franchise was born in the summer of 2010 with The Expendables, as Sly assembled Lundgren, Jason Statham, Jet Li, Terry Crews, Randy Couture, Bruce Willis and Arnold Schwarzenegger. It was then followed by 2012’s ‘The Expendables 2’ with Jean-Claude Van Damme and ‘the lone wolf’ named Chuck Norris, whose James Braddock was once ‘Missing in Action’ before returning to Vietnam to rescue POWs, as well. ‘The Expendables 3’ was released last summer featuring Wesley Snipes, Harrison Ford, Antonio Banderas, and Mel Gibson.
But who and what are ‘The Expendables’?
‘A-Team’ of mercenaries led by Barney Ross (Stallone). Unlike Hannibal, Face, B.A., and Murdock, though, the Expendables doesn’t care what the job is — as long as the money’s real … and the job’s real. They may be willing to stand on the side of the innocent and oppressed like ‘The A-Team’ and ‘The Equalizer’, but the Expendables are more like ‘The Dirty Dozen’ because they’re don’t stand for something like ‘justice for all’, the motto of a masked caped crusader who rides like the wind on his faithful steed Tornado: ‘the Fox’ called Zorro.
Still, The Expendables are Hollywood’s mightiest action heroes, with Sly the first of an action hero trinity that will be completed by Arnie and Bruce.
Sly steps into the ring again to train Michael B. Jordan as Creed, who will get his shot at the title on November 25.