Creed is a series that is above and beyond anything it deserves to be. In my opinion, both movies so far are worthy of the Rocky branding, and I’d go so far as to say that Creed II is a far better film than Rocky II was. As such, I think it’s already held up as a more consistently strong franchise, even if it has only been for two movies. Moreso than its predecessor, it’s made these movies all about the character growth, and I couldn’t be more excited for its future.
As expected, it looks as though MGM will be going through with a Creed III. THR is reporting that King Richard scribe Zach Baylin is taking on scripting duties for this third installment. Sadly, Baylin doesn’t have anything in terms of writing for us to look back at, but King Richard will star Will Smith and is set for production later this year, so we’ll have a better idea then.
But what story will Creed III possibly tell? The first movie saw Adonis Creed learn to overcome his daddy issues and finally take on the name of Creed. It also saw him develop a relationship with Rocky Balboa and go on to be a boxing juggernaut. Creed II took things to a whole new level of personal when Ivan Drago and his son came into the picture. Adonis “avenged” his father’s death in the ring in a struggle that now spanned multiple generations. The fights may take place in the boxing ring, but the stories are Shakespearean in nature and stakes.
With that in mind, where else can the Creed franchise go? Well, for starters, it’s likely that Sylvester Stallone will not be back for this third entry, as the last one saw him step away in a fitting fashion. Perhaps there’s something there, with Adonis having to learn to stand up on his own two feet following his mentor’s departure. But I don’t think that’s where things’ll go. These movies tend to take place years apart, and as such, it doesn’t really make sense that he’d still be struggling with that.
One direction I could see is Adonis somehow being faced with his own mortality as a boxer, and instead moving into the training role. It’s kind of a retread of the Rocky films, but given the lifespan of a boxer’s career, it’s not like it doesn’t make sense. And we do know he has a kid, so maybe it can pull on that heartstring. Plus, I don’t see this franchise as one that goes on for more than one movie. It’s no Rocky in that sense.
More than anything, what’s really essential in this movie is that there is a definable and strong character arc for Creed himself. Without it, there’d be no reason to have a movie at all.
I wouldn’t be surprised if this movie doesn’t happen for at least another year or two. Star Michael B. Jordan has a big slate ahead of him, including a David O. Russell film and a Denzel Washington-directed A Journal for Jordan. It’s unclear whether or not Jordan is contracted for a third film (my guess is probably not), but if not, perhaps Jordan will be in a good position to ensure the quality of the script before signing on.
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