Sylvester Stallone has repeatedly stated that while he helped create the character of Rocky, its ownership belongs to studios and producers.

The "Creed III" trailer, which debuted Oct. 18. Jordan’s Adonis is back in the ring and there's a fascinating new antagonist—plus familiar faces!

In spring 2021, actor Sylvester Stallone confirmed that he would not reprise his role as Rocky Balboa in Creed III, despite being credited as a producer on the film.

In a press conference held on Oct. 17, Jordan said that Adonis’ relationship with his mentor and father figure, Rocky Balboa, would not be a key theme in this last film of the series.

Does the new Rocky movie mean that the fictional character most closely associated with Philadelphia—Rocky himself —is headed for retirement?

In the new film, Adonis reconnects with his childhood friend Damian “Dame” Anderson (Jonathan Majors). The two first met in 2005's The Last Black Man in San Francisco.

Like Jordan’s character in Black Panther, Creed II‘s Ivan boasts a sympathetic motivation and backstory. Coogler also directed both movies.

Jordan's performance as Adonis, a man who becomes involved in the world of professional boxing despite having no experience or connections, is what drives the plot.

The film reached its climax with the traditional montage sequence. But it ended differently from every other Rocky film—with kids on ATVs whooping and hollering as Adonis ran through Kensington.

The sequel, Creed II (2015), followed three years later but was less successful than its predecessor because it failed to resolve the conflict generated by 1985′s Rocky IV.

While not mentioning Rocky’s absence, Jordan discussed in a press conference what he hoped to accomplish as director of the new film.

He also revealed that Bianca's hearing loss would continue to be a storyline, especially now that she and Adonis have become parents.

Many people thought the Rocky franchise was finished after 2006's Rocky Balboa, which saw Rock get back in the ring for a rematch at 60 years old.