Creed 3: Michael B. Jordan Explains Sylvester Stallone’s Absence

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  • Creed 3: Michael B. Jordan Explains Sylvester Stallone’s Absence
  • Creed 3 actor and director Michael B. Jordan has shed some light on Sylvester Stallone’s absence in the next installment of the Rocky spin-off series.

As we’ve mentioned in The Truth News, Sylvester Stallone, who has played the iconic boxer in eight movies since 1976, unofficially retired the character with Creed II in 2018.

Announcing his retirement from Rocky in a video posted to Instagram in 2018, Stallone said his “story has been told” before telling Michael B. Jordan that it is his time to “wear the mantle.”

Now the Rocky-Creed saga, about Sylvester Stallone’s Balboa mentoring Adonis Creed (Michael B. Jordan), the son of legendary wrestler Apollo Creed (Carl Weathers), stands on its own.

“I think Sly let it be known that he would not return for this (movie), but I think, you know, his essence and his spirit … there will always be a little bit of Rocky within Adonis,” the director told IGN about Creed. III.

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“But this is a Creed franchise, and we really want to build this story and this world around it. So it’s always respect and always a ton of love for what he’s built, but we really want to push and navigate Adonis forward.”.


Sylvester Stallone co-wrote Creed II.

Stallone first closed the six-movie Rocky saga with Rocky Balboa in 2006 before future Black Panther director Ryan Coogler revived the franchise with Creed.

Stallone wrote all six films, directing all but two of them, and co-wrote the Jr. Steven Caple-directed Creed II. “Directing has always been an aspiration, but the timing had to be right,” Jordan told MGM when Creed III was announced.

Jordan continued, “This franchise and, in particular, the themes of Creed III are deeply personal to me. I look forward to sharing the next chapter in the Adonis Creed story with the incredible responsibility of being its director and namesake.”

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Creed and Creed II co-stars Tessa Thompson and Phylicia Rashad are also expected to return for the next film. The Michael B. Jordan-directed film is scheduled to hit theaters on November 23, 2022.


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