‘Creed III’: Michael B. Jordan On Why Sylvester Stallone Won’t Return As Rocky Balboa

On a day that saw Sylvester Stallone joining with a certain twice-impeached former “President”, we’re learning about why the actor won’t be returning for Creed III. At least according to star Michael B. Jordan it has to do with the franchise moving beyond the iconic Rocky Balboa and putting its focus squarely where it should be, on Adonis Creed.

Jordan, who is making his directorial debut on Creed III, told IGN (via Yahoo)…

“I think that Sly let it be known that he wasn’t coming back for this one but I think, you know, his essence and his spirit… there’s always going to be a little bit of Rocky within Adonis. But this is a ‘Creed’ franchise, and we really want to build this story and this world around him moving forward. So, it’s always respect and always a shit-ton of love for what he’s built, but we really want to push and navigate Adonis forward and the family that he created.”

He continued, “Hopefully you guys will love what I’m thinking…what we’re cooking up. I think it’s going to be something special.”

While we know the Rocky story will never truly be over because Stallone continues to think of ways to keep the boxer going,  Creed II really buttoned things up nicely for him. Adonis Creed really served to be a way for Rocky to fill a void in his life, and that changed when he reconnected with his estranged son. Where the character goes now, who can say?

Creed III opens on November 23rd 2022.

Travis Hopson has been reviewing movies before he even knew there was such a thing. Having grown up on a combination of bad '80s movies, pro wrestling, comic books, and hip-hop, Travis is uniquely positioned to geek out on just about everything under the sun. A vampire who walks during the day and refuses to sleep, Travis is the co-creator and lead writer for Punch Drunk Critics. He is also a contributor to Good Morning Washington, WBAL Morning News, and WETA Around Town. In the five minutes a day he's not working, Travis is also a voice actor, podcaster, and Twitch gamer. Travis is a voting member of the Critics Choice Association (CCA), Washington DC Area Film Critics Association (WAFCA), and Late Night programmer for the Lakefront Film Festival.