See Michael B. Jordan Vs. Jonathan Majors In Creed 3 First Look

The first character posters for Creed 3 have been revealed, featuring Michael B. Jordan and Jonathan Majors.

By Vic Medina | Published

We have our first look at Creed 3, thanks to a tweet from the movie’s official Twitter account. Featuring the tagline “You can’t run from your past,” the tweet reveals the film’s two character posters: one of star Michael B. Jordan (as Adonis Creed) sitting in the darkened corner of a boxing ring, with Loki star Jonathan Majors (playing a character named Damian Anderson) sitting in another corner. The posters also included the film’s release date, March 3, 2023, setting up the hard-to-forget promotional pitch of “Creed 3: 3/3/23.”

Very little has been revealed about the plot of Creed 3 (officially titled Creed III), but according to an official synopsis, Adonis Creed faces off against a childhood friend and former boxing prodigy (Majors), who has been released from a lengthy prison sentence and is eager to get his shot at the title. Adonis must then risk his personal and professional future against a dangerous opponent who has nothing to lose. The film also stars Tessa Thompson (Thor: Love and Thunder) as Bianca, Phylicia Rashad as Mary Anne Creed, Wood Harris (in an unknown role), and Florian Munteanu as Viktor Drago, a character seemingly returning after losing to Adonis in Creed II.

The film was originally scheduled to hit theaters on November 23, 2022, but United Artists pushed the film’s release date back earlier this summer. That was possibly to avoid having to compete for moviegoers with Marvel’s Black Panther: Wakanda Forever, which opens on November 11 and is directed by Ryan Coogler, who directed the first Creed and is producing the new film. Now, Creed 3 will face a cinematic lightweight by comparison: the live-action adaptation of Dungeons & Dragons: Honor Among Thieves, which didn’t exactly excite fans when it released a trailer earlier this summer.

Creed 3 will feature the directorial debut of Michael B. Jordan, following a tradition established back in the original Rocky saga of the lead actor eventually directing a film. Sylvester Stallone directed four Rocky films, starting with Rocky II. The Emmy-nominated Jordan has expressed his excitement about being in the director’s chair, but has kept a veil of secrecy around his project.

Sadly, Stallone himself will not appear in Creed 3, although he remains a producer on the film. It’s not clear why he’s not returning, but there was likely a wish to make the film series truly Jordan’s without the shadow of Rocky looming over him. The 76-year-old actor seems to have no hard feelings, and spoke highly of the new film’s “really interesting” new direction, stating “I wish them well and keep punching!”

While Creed 3 is keeping the Rocky spinoff series going strong, another proposed Rocky spinoff, featuring Ivan Drago, seems to have died in development. Producer Irwin Winkler was behind the spinoff, without Stallone’s involvement, and the actor spoke out against it. Soon after, Drago himself, Dolph Lundgren, pulled out of the project, stating he was under the impression Stallone was involved and he wouldn’t do it without him.

As soon as Michael B. Jordan finishes the post-production work on Creed 3, he has several major projects lined up. He is attached to star in the Thomas Crown Affair reboot, as well as Methuselah, a Danny Boyle-directed action adventure about a 1,000-year-old man who has developed an impressive set of survival skills.