Why Sylvester Stallone Once Meant for ‘Rocky IV’ to Be the Last ‘Rocky’ Movie

The Rocky franchise is a series that has endured the test of time. Sylvester Stallone brought Rocky Balboa to the big screen in 1976, and it’s still going strong in some shape or form. Lately, Michael B. Jordan has been continuing Rocky’s coveted legacy with his Creed films. But there was one point where Stallone meant for the franchise to end definitively with the fourth movie.

Rocky Balboa was supposed to die in ‘Rocky V’

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Rocky V was the last the audience saw of the Italian Stallion until he returned decades later in Rocky Balboa. But according to Rocky V director John Avildsen, Rocky originally wasn’t going to have any type of comeback after the fifth movie. That’s because Stallone’s decorated character wasn’t supposed to live past this sequel.

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Why Sylvester Stallone Once Meant for ‘Rocky IV’ to Be the Last ‘Rocky’ Movie

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