Starting in 1976, The Rocky series has expanded into a box office juggernaut. It originally starred Sylvester Stallone as Rocky Balboa in the lead and now stars Michael B. Jordan as Adonis Johnson in the follow-up Creed series as the protagonist.
The Creed series has been very successful with its two installments, with the second one seeing the return of Ivan Drago to the franchise. The new installments are also directed by Ryan Coogler, famous for directing Marvel’s Black Panther.
What to expect in Creed 3?
Set to direct and star in the film, this will be Michael B. Jordan’s first directorial effort. This will also be the first Rocky film not to feature Sylvester Stallone, confirmed by the actor on his Instagram account. The film will also see Tessa Thompson return to the installment.
According to the synopsis of the movie, Adonis Creed goes toe to toe with his childhood friend Damian Anderson, who comes out of prison after serving a long sentence. The film is expected to raise the stakes from the previous installments.
Furthermore, Ryan Coogler and his brother Keenan Coogler will receive story credit for the film, with Tyler Nelson noted to be the film’s editor. Jonathan Majors is also set to play the villain, Damian Anderson.
Jonathan Majors, the villain of two franchises
Jonathan Majors is already established to be the villain of the MCU, Kang the Destroyer, as established in the Loki series. He will also be headlining Avengers: The Kang Dynasty. In an interview with Collider, Michael B. Jordan commented on Jonathan Majors’ performance, he said:
“First of all, Jonathan Majors is incredible. We’re very blessed and lucky to have him be a part of this story. For me, as a director, just to have that running mate and partner made all the difference in the world. He’s extremely talented. The world is finding out, daily, how incredible this man is and the work that he does is finally getting the props that it’s due. Jonathan was incredible.”
Many believe Jonathan Majors will be the best villain of the Creed series, the same franchise with the likes of Ivan Drago and Clubber Lang played by Mr. T. Considering it will be Michael B. Jordan’s directorial debut, we might see something new in this ever-expanding series.
In post-production, Creed 3 is expected to release on March 3 of 2023.