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“From Hajime no Ippo, to Megalo Box, to Naruto, to My Hero Academia”: Michael B. Jordan Reveals Creed 3 Fight Scenes Are Straight Up Anime-Inspired

"From Hajime no Ippo, to Megalo Box, to Naruto, to My Hero Academia": Michael B. Jordan Reveals Creed 3 Fight Scenes Are Straight Up Anime-Inspired

Creed III is directed by Michael B. Jordan and early reviews of the film have started to flood in. They only have positive things to say about the film. The star and director of the film has been doing several promotional interviews all around.

In a recent interview with IGN Fan Fest, Jordan talked in detail about his feature directorial debut. The actor was previously seen in serious dramas like Just Mercy, which was critically acclaimed and won several accolades. In his interview with Fan Fest, Jordan talks about his love for anime and how he has taken inspiration from it and inculcated these into Creed III.

Michael B. Jordan used fight scenes from Dragon Ball Z in Creed III

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Michael B. Jordan in Creed III.

It can be challenging for bouts to seem new throughout the movies, given that Creed III is the ninth installment in the Rocky and Creed franchise. And Michael B. Jordan, the director, and actor of Adonis Creed, has chosen anime as the medium for his upcoming film.

Jordan discussed his anime inspirations with IGN as part of IGN Fan Fest. He also discussed why the emotional foundation of anime combat makes sense for Creed.

“Without nerding out too much… You’ve seen so many fights throughout the Rocky and Creed franchise, and I wanted to put my spin on it, you know? How to make these fights different, and you know, from Hajime no Ippo, to Megalo Box, to Naruto, to My Hero Academia, all of those different anime that I watched growing up, there’s an inherent spirit to them in how they fight…”

Michael B. Jordan added,

“And their bonds and relationships and all that good stuff. But it’s very similar to the brotherhood and bond that we have, and his relationship with his family as well. So I tried to key in on some of those key moments. And yeah, they’re in there. They’re in a lot of the fights.”  

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Dragon Ball Z.

When asked about a specific moment from a particular anime, Jordan said,

“I would say from the Dragon Ball Z universe, there’s a punch… [in] me and Damian’s fight, where there’s a Dragon Ball Z punch that’s in there.”

Jordan is a well-known anime enthusiast, so it’s thrilling to see some of Jordan’s favorite elements included in the Creed series’ intense battle scenes. When Majors, who plays Adonis Creed’s boyhood pal, reappears in the narrative, Creed enters the ring once more.

Also Read: “I shut out love, I didn’t want love”: Michael B. Jordan Was Forced to Undergo Therapy After Working in MCU Movie ‘Black Panther’

Michael B. Jordan stands up to high school bully

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Michael B. Jordan

At a movie premiere, Michael B. Jordan had an embarrassing run-in with the individual who used to tease him about his name in school. The Morning Hustle presenter, Lore’l, spoke with the actor when he was at the red carpet event.

Moreover, Lore’l co-hosts the podcast Undressing Room. She confessed that she attended school with the Hollywood celebrity and used to make fun of him because of his name in an episode that was published in January. She referred to Jordan as, “a nice, corny guy”

Lore’l added,

“To be honest with you, we teased him all the damn time because his name was Michael Jordan. Let’s start there – and he was no Michael Jordan. And he also would come to school with a headshot. We lived in Newark; that’s the hood. We would make fun of him like, ‘What are you gonna do with your stupid headshot?’ And now look at him.”

Also Read: Creed 3 Star Michael B. Jordan Gets Back at High School Bully, Kills Her With Kindness Despite Making His Life Miserable for Years

When the star made his appearance on the Red carpet, he was addressed by Lore’l who said,  “We go way back, all the way back to Chad Science in Newark,”  Michael B. Jordan immediately referenced the podcast, “Oh yeah, I was the corny kid, right?” he said with a smirk.

Lore’l tried laughing it off and said, “I did not say that – misquoted, for sure,” to which Jordan awkwardly said,  “I heard it. I heard it. It’s all good. What’s up?” Lore’l replied: “I said we used to make fun of the name. But yeah, he is killing things out here.”

Jordan originally attracted attention when he was 15 after playing Wallace in the HBO series The Wire. Before starring in Ryan Coogler’s Fruitvale Station in 2013, he gained parts in the TV series All in the Family and Friday Night Lights. Jordan also appeared as one of the best MCU villains, Kill Monger in Black Panther.

Also Read: “It was hard to want love”: Michael B. Jordan Reveals He Went Into a Dark Place After Playing Killmonger in Black Panther, Stayed Away From His Family to Prepare for Role

Creed III is releasing on 3rd March 2023.

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Written by Pragya Sancheti

Currently a college student with big aspirations and a ton of assignment. Pursuing Bachelors in Mass Communication and Videography from St. Xavier's. Movies and Pop-culture get me through life.