Michael B Jordan suggests that the ‘Creed universe’ will be expanding on the eve of the third film’s release.
Here in the UK, we’re just a few days away from the general release of Creed III. Despite being the third entry in the Creed series, the film marks a new dawn in several ways: it’s the first film in the long-running Rocky/Creed series to not feature Sylvester Stallone’s Rocky Balboa. The project also marks Michael B Jordan’s elevation to the director’s chair, with the actor charting the same path from star to helmer as Stallone once did before him.
Stallone used his star power in the Rocky franchise to gain some experience as a director and Jordan has followed suit, suggesting at Creed III's Hollywood premiere that there will be more films following, perhaps even one of the spin-offs we’ve seen mooted. Among the usual thanks and salutations, Jordan mentioned that “building the Creed universe is something that I’m really excited about,” leading to no shortage of speculation about where the franchise might go next.
Whilst only the broadest of hints, Jordan’s comments lead us back to the Drago spin-off film that was announced last summer. Little has been heard of the project since, and almost immediately after the film’s announcement, there was something of a public walk-back from Drago Sr himself, Dolph Lundgren when he realised that Stallone wasn’t involved.
Following an angry online outburst from Stallone regarding the announcement of Drago, Lundgren took to social media to clarify his ‘involvement’, stating: ‘Just to set the record straight regarding a possible Drago spin-off, there’s no approved script, no deals in place, no director, and I was personally under the impression that my friend Sly Stallone was involved as a producer or even as an actor.’
It’s been pretty quiet on the Drago front since, so whether Jordan is referring to that project or perhaps another Creed sequel remains to be seen. Either way, we’re simply looking forwards to seeing Adonis Creed on the big screen for his upcoming third outing. Hopefully that film will live up to the quality of the series’ previous entries and the future will take care of itself. The opening bell will ring for Creed III this Friday where you can catch the film in cinemas.
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