Michael B. Jordan Prepares For a Major Match in "Creed III" Super Bowl 2023 Teaser
"Creed III," the third installment of the boxing film franchise starring Michael B. Jordan and Jonathan Majors, has gifted fans another close look at the highly anticipated threequel ahead of its March premiere. A new teaser showcasing the movie's central boxing match between Adonis Creed and Majors's Damian Anderson dropped during the Super Bowl on Feb. 12, and it's sure to have fans counting down the days until the movie's March release.
Back on Feb. 1, the franchise released a new poster showcasing Jordan back in action as Creed and facing off against his latest opponent: Damian — a childhood friend who's come to collect an old debt. Previously, the movie franchise shared other posters from "Creed III," including a look at Adonis's family (Tessa Thompson as Bianca Creed and newcomer Mila Davis-Kent as Amara Creed), as well as individual looks at Adonis and Damian in the ring.
On Oct. 18, 2022, MGM released the long-awaited first trailer for "Creed III," showing a time jump to the glamorous future of Jordan's Adonis years after he successfully defended his heavyweight championship title. However, this time, he'll face a new challenger from his past.
In the movie preview, Majors's Damian pops back up in Adonis's life 18 years after he got locked up, and he's looking to train with the world-renowned boxer. But along the way, jealousy and a personal grudge get between the two, leading to an epic showdown in the ring. Now, the big question on everyone's mind: will Adonis come out on top again, or will he stain his near-perfect record with a new loss?
"We wanted to make sure we grew up and still doubled down on the things that people expect and love from this franchise, but also take them to new places."
We last saw Adonis in "Creed II" following his victory against Viktor Drago (Florian Munteanu) — son of Ivan Drago (Dolph Lundgren), the man responsible for killing Adonis's father, Apollo Creed, in his final match. Years after Apollo's death, Adonis continues to build the name he's making for himself in the boxing world, especially now that he's the father. Though "Creed III" will not see Sylvester Stallone reprise his role as Rocky Balboa — whom he famously played in the Rocky franchise — Adonis's trainer in the first two Creed films, his absence will surely propel Adonis's story forward as he cements his boxing legacy on his own.
During a press conference for the "Creed III" trailer launch, which POPSUGAR attended, Jordan — who's making his directorial debut with the franchise's third installment — shared why he chose Adonis's tale for his first time behind the camera. "I think for me it was the perfect time," he said. ". . . To be able to tell a story of where I believe Adonis is at, and also at 35 years old, I had a lot to say as a young man — as a young Black man. My life experiences and how I could actually share a piece of myself with the world, through these characters and through this story. So I just felt like it was the right time."
Jordan also mentioned that he got a bit of directing advice from Ryan Coogler, who directed the first Creed film. "I was talking to Ryan back when we were doing 'Creed I' and he was just like, 'It's never the right time. You just gotta jump in the deep end and go for it,'" he shared. "He gave me a lot of encouragement."
Jordan also shared what viewers can expect from "Creed III" once it hits theaters next month — including who's behind the movie's soundtrack: J. Cole's Dreamville label. "You're going to hear a lot of new sounds [and] artists that people are familiar with," he said. ". . . We have Dreamville executive producing the soundtrack with J. Cole. That's another big piece to this [movie], within the storytelling throughout the soundtrack . . . We wanted to make sure we grew up and still doubled down on the things that people expect and love from this franchise, but also take them to new places."
A day before "Creed III"'s trailer debuted, the film revealed posters of Jordan and Majors dressed up in their boxing gear ready for a face-off. The former shared his "Creed III" poster across his social media pages with the text "You can't run . . ." on it. Majors's poster finishes the phrase with, ". . . From your past" — a major hint at the third installment's plot.
Jordan and Majors were spotted on "Creed III"'s set in March 2022 as photos of the two made their way to social media. In particular, shirtless snaps of Majors caused quite a stir online. Of working with the "Magazine Dreams" star on "Creed III," Jordan said during the film's press conference, "[Majors is] incredible. Very, very blessed and lucky to have him be a part of this story . . . Me and him bonded in a way that I never had an opportunity to . . . I really understand that now, and it's a bond that'll last forever."
Read ahead for everything else we know about "Creed III."
"Creed III" Super Bowl Teaser
"Creed III" Trailer
"Creed III" Plot
"Creed III" picks up seven years after Adonis (Jordan) welcomed his daughter, Amara (Davis-Kent), with wife Bianca (Thompson) and successfully defended his father's heavyweight title in his fierce rematch against Viktor Drago (Munteanu). But in the franchise's third installment, he encounters a new opponent: Damian (Majors), a skeleton from Adonis's past who surfaces after the former spends 18 years in jail. What starts with two old friends reconnecting eventually spirals into a heated rivalry that lands the two fighters in the ring, where their futures and Adonis's legacy are all on the line.
"Creed III" Cast
The returning cast of "Creed III" includes Jordan as Adonis, Thompson as Bianca, Mila Davis-Kent as Amara, Phylicia Rashad as Mary Anne, Wood Harris as Tony "Little Duke" Evers, and Munteanu as Viktor Drago. Jonathan Majors joins as Damian, an antagonist to Jordan's Adonis. Sylvester Stallone — who famously played Rocky Balboa in the "Rocky" franchise — will not reprise his role in "Creed III," marking the departure of Adonis's beloved trainer.
"Creed III" Release Date
The third installment of "Creed" hits theaters on March 3, 2023.