BLACK PANTHER Star Michael B. Jordan Addresses Sylvester Stallone's Absence As Rocky In CREED III

BLACK PANTHER Star Michael B. Jordan Addresses Sylvester Stallone's Absence As Rocky In CREED III BLACK PANTHER Star Michael B. Jordan Addresses Sylvester Stallone's Absence As Rocky In CREED III

Black Panther star Michael B. Jordan will be both behind and in front of the camera for Creed III, and the actor and director has now opened up on Sylvester Stallone's decision to not return as Rocky...

By JoshWilding - Nov 26, 2022 11:11 PM EST
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Source: Empire (via

Black Panther star Michael B. Jordan has stepped back into the ring and behind the camera for next March's Creed III, but he won't be joined by Sylvester Stallone as Rocky Balboa this time.

The legendary actor appeared in the first two movies, and even earned an Oscar nomination for his work in Creed. However, his clash with the franchise's producers has ensured he's done playing Rocky, though there are supposedly still plans for a prequel with a new actor taking over. 

Stallone first confirmed he won't be part of the threequel last April, and has since been somewhat critical of the direction Jordan has chosen to take the franchise in.

During a recent interview with Empire (via, the actor and filmmaker addressed Stallone's absence from Creed III, explaining how the movie will continue to honour the legacy of Rocky while also prioritising Adonis' story. 

"It’s really diving into the Creed universe and having him evolve, start his own family and go through his own trials and tribulations in life," Jordan said, explaining how the focus is now shifting more to the boxing franchise's title character. "It’s allowed Adonis to stand on his own two feet and use the wisdom he’s learned from Rocky in the other two films."

"I think it’s in the spirit of Rocky, whose fingerprints will always and forever be on this franchise. The essence of him is still there. But at the same time, the Creed franchise is moving in a strong direction."

While it's a shame Rocky is being sidelined, he's always been a supporting player in the Creed movies, and we really can't complain about Jordan's Adonis getting more screentime. Seeing him emerge from the shadow cast by the iconic character will be welcomed, especially as he's in for the fight of his life against Jonathan Majors' Damian Anderson. 

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Origame - 11/26/2022, 11:13 PM
Still don't get why Sylvester isn't in this. It's apparently his decision, but that doesn't sound like him.

My guess is they wrote him in such a small role he didn't feel it was worth the effort.

Real shame. He literally made the franchise they're profiting from.
dracula - 11/26/2022, 11:26 PM
@Origame - its his decision to step away from Creed, not to step away from the character.

Hopefully something is worked out, would rather see the Rocky prequel show and end the movies at Balboa.

He for sure deserves more respect from Winkler. Seriously Coogler went to Stallone not Winkler to get the ball moving on Creed

Creed had his blessing so ill stick with that, but screw the Drago spin off
TheSuperMex - 11/26/2022, 11:41 PM
@Origame - watch or pay attention to Creed 2. Rocky went back to live with his son and grandson. Creed is now his own man. Rocky let Creed have the spotlight at the end of Creed 2.
UniqNo - 11/27/2022, 12:50 AM
@Origame - He chose to step away.

That came out when they finished filming part 2.

He's retired his characters before a few times only to come back so I imagine he felt different the same here as he's been vocal on his dissapointment on the direction the series is going without him.
CorndogBurglar - 11/27/2022, 12:53 AM
@Origame - It does sound like that, huh? Based on these comments about Rocky starting a family and Creed stepping out on his own. Sounds like they weren't planning on having Rocky play an important enough role. So Stallone walked.

That's a shame. No boxer on their right mind would willingly step away from the trainer that turned them into a success. Even the best world champions to ever live still have trainers. So it doesn't make sense for Creed to not have one either. And it would make even less sense for him to have a different trainer, considering Rocky is a living legend. Who else could you possibly want training you?
CorndogBurglar - 11/27/2022, 12:55 AM
@TheSuperMex - Yeah, but that's just weird. Why on earth would Rocky not want to continue training Creed, and why would Creed want any other trainer?

Rocky could have worked something out with his kid. Moved him to New York with him. Or worked out some kind of schedule.

Bottom line is this didn't need to be written like this.
TheSuperMex - 11/27/2022, 1:44 PM
@CorndogBurglar - Rocky is old as [frick] and wants a relationship with his son and grandson. Him focusing on boxing keeps his son and him at a distance. Let him enjoy his time left with family.
CorndogBurglar - 11/27/2022, 2:59 PM
@TheSuperMex - I don't wanna
newhire13 - 11/27/2022, 10:58 PM
@CorndogBurglar - People retire. He’s probably living it up in Canada with his son and grandchild. He’s earned it. Plus, Adonis is an experienced world champion at this point. He can function without Rocky.
ModHaterSLADE - 11/26/2022, 11:19 PM
Meh. Dude had a good sendoff for his character anyway.
kazuma - 11/26/2022, 11:26 PM
The torch was passed over in Creed 1 and Rocky had his send off in creed 2. What else can they do with the character.
dracula - 11/26/2022, 11:27 PM
@kazuma - the idea for Rocky 7 did sound a bit repetitive of Rocky 5 but the prequel show he wanted to develop could have been cool
dracula - 11/26/2022, 11:29 PM
You know what would be nice to see? Adonis’s siblings

Rocky 2 we saw at least 2 or 3 kids of Apollo’s
KWilly - 11/26/2022, 11:33 PM
@dracula - I think you just figured out Creed 4 lol
TheVandalore - 11/27/2022, 12:26 AM
@dracula -
@KWilly -

I like this. But it cant just be something like a jealous brother, that's too close to 3. So make it his sister.

Make him have to step in the ring with his sister, she's been shredding the women's division KO after KO because she's always picturing her Dad, then when Adonis got famous and never took care of them she got bitter and started picturing him.

After winning all the titles in her division, she calls out Adonis.

Challenge all the gender norms, have him not wanna fight her but then his popularity starts to decline as the media labels him this and that, anti-feminism, non-equality advocate, makes him look like a toxic male for not wanting to take the fight.

He has a talk with her about why she really wants to do all this and she let's all her animosity out on him.

Then he understands why he has to fight her, even though he doesn't want to. He takes the fight.

Then the final showdown.

Have him start easy then her shots actually rock him with heat, and he realizes he underestimated her. They have a brutal fight but ultimately he puts her down.

She was never really gonna win. Come on. But they earned each others respect.

Maybe even she has a dirty coach who pushes her to cheat to beat him and she could, but she decides not to. So after he wins she leaves her coach and joins her brother.
CorndogBurglar - 11/27/2022, 12:56 AM
@TheVandalore - They would never have a male vs female fight in these movies lol
Gizmoduck - 11/27/2022, 3:06 AM
@TheVandalore - he ever lands a punch and it would be over. That one mma fight the woman vs trans, she got demolished, imagine the real deal without blockers...

I would be ko'd, 1 shot, from a Tyson- like punch, a woman would die.

It's would have to go Rocky 5 route and be a street fight where he defends the entire time. Only to hit her once and send her to the hospital, his career is ruined and he goes to jail for something he didn't even start. Just like in real life.
TheVandalore - 11/27/2022, 10:08 AM
@CorndogBurglar - I think the solution is pretty obvious....

The actual Michael B Jordan should transition in real life on screen for the film to fight his on screen sister. That way it's like real life sports.
NinnesMBC - 11/27/2022, 12:50 AM
Just read the interview Stallone gave THR and I'm finding myself agreeing with him, they should've looked for a way to include Rocky in this film even if it just to provide to the character of Adonis some wisdom in how to navigate the conflict with Majors' character. A lot of the things in this 3rd movie are reminiscent of what happened in the 5th Rocky film and if they don't want to see Adonis again be trained by Rocky, he can at least listen to what he's gone through to have a better look at the bigger picture.

There's always ways to keep exploring the mentor and pupil bond. Sucks that they didn't realize it and chose to sidelined Sly here.
Blergh - 11/27/2022, 3:46 AM
Creatively I absolutely understand the choice but given Stallones comments I’m a bit suspicious that there isn’t some classic Hollywood-backstab-ery involved.

You can say about Sly what you want but he created this franchise and at least should be respected by those living off of this legacy now.
If it’s Jordan, Coogler or Winkler doesn’t matter, as long as Sly doesn’t turn out to be an abuser, monster or murderer he is to be seen as the Lucas to Creeds Mandalorian
dragon316 - 11/27/2022, 8:09 AM
I took it he finally died they show him go to his tombstone in movie not shown in trailer
DocSpock - 11/27/2022, 8:28 AM

I think the majority of movie goers have worn out on Creed. Rocky was the charm that made all of these movies what they were. Michael Jordan is good in the Creed movies, but they have no magic and are easily soon forgotten not long after watching them. I doubt this next movie will make much money.

Stallone should have been the Mickey like trainer in the Creed movies to give them more character.

newhire13 - 11/27/2022, 11:02 PM
@DocSpock - Mickey died in the 3rd movie
r1g0r - 11/27/2022, 8:58 AM
I can agree with a lot of what's been said, but HOW is this related to comic books ?!?
Humperdoo - 11/27/2022, 11:09 AM
@r1g0r - This ^^^
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