Michael B. Jordan Stars And Directs Streaming’s #1 Hit

Michael B. Jordan's Creed III is the #1 movie on Amazon Prime Video.

By Douglas Helm | Updated

Creed III

Michael B. Jordan’s Creed III just hit Amazon Prime Video, and it has unsurprisingly launched up to the #1 spot in the US, according to FlixPatrol. Not only did Jordan give an incredible performance in this film, but it’s also his feature-length directorial debut. You can stream it now if you want to check it out for yourself.

Michael B. Jordan had more than proven his acting chops with his early roles in The Wire, Friday Night Lights, and Fruitvale Station. But he would be launched to superstardom when he forged a new path for the Rocky franchise as Adonis Creed in 2015’s Creed. The film revitalized the franchise in a way the late-era Sly Rocky films couldn’t, and it’s been going strong ever since.

Of course, Rocky himself was there to pass the torch, as Ryan Coogler, Aaron Covington, and Sylvester Stallone‘s dynamic script made the brilliant move of bringing Rocky back to mentor the young Adonis, son of the late Apollo Creed. Michael B. Jordan brought nuance and ferocity to the role, and his superstardom was all but assured. It was further cemented in 2018 when he starred in the follow-up Creed II along with the massive Marvel blockbuster Black Panther.

So, it only seemed natural that Michael B. Jordan would fully take the reins in Creed III, directing the film and starring in it. Fittingly, it was also the first film in the Rocky franchise that didn’t feature Rocky, so Jordan was truly forging a new path. It paid off, too, as Creed III was a box office hit, critically acclaimed, and possibly the best of the Creed trilogy.

Creed III saw Adonis’ story get more personal, as Michael B. Jordan’s character’s new rival is someone from his childhood — Damien Anderson (Jonathan Majors), who is eager to prove himself after serving a long prison sentence. This dynamic childhood-based rivalry also allows Jordan to incorporate his love of anime into his directorial style, making references to popular series like Naruto and Dragonball Z and drawing inspiration from their storylines.

The strong supporting cast helped to tie the film together, with performances from Tessa Thompson, Wood Harris, Phylicia Rashad, Florian Munteanu, Tony Bellew, Jacob ‘Stitch’ Duran, Thaddeus J. Mixson, Selenis Leyva, Spence Moore II, and Michelle Davidson.

The success of the Creed franchise means that Michael B. Jordan is going to be plenty busy in the coming years as he looks to expand it further. Of course, there will be a fourth film in the franchise, which Jordan confirmed was in development as of February 2023. There have also been reports of both a Drago movie centered around Dolph Lundgren’s character and a seventh film about Rocky being in development. At this time, the Drago movie is supposedly undergoing rewrites, while Sylvester Stallone thinks the seventh Rocky film may not happen due to an ongoing feud with producer Irwin Winkler.

However, no such doubts surround the future of Michael B. Jordan’s Creed franchise. Along with the aforementioned fourth film, there are also several spin-off TV shows that are confirmed to be in development for Amazon Prime Video. These reported spin-offs include an anime series, a live-action series, and a series centered around Amara Creed, the daughter of Adonis.

To date, the Rocky franchise has made over $1.9 billion dollars, and Michael B. Jordan’s Creed franchise has contributed over $661 million to that number. It’s not surprising the studios are eager to bring more of the franchise to screen. While there’s no word on when exactly when can expect to see these upcoming projects, it seems likely they’ll be fast-tracked to get them to us sooner than later.

For now, Michael B. Jordan has several interesting projects in the pipeline, including a remake of The Thomas Crown Affair, a Ryan Coogler-directed drama based on a true story titled Wrong Answer, and a film based on the Rainbow Six Tom Clancy novels directed by John Wick director and producer Chad Stahleski. None of these projects have announced official release dates, but we’ll keep you updated on any new developments. In the meantime, make sure to check out one of Jordan’s best performances and his directorial debut with Creed III on Amazon Prime Video.