3. Creed III
In Michael B. Jordan’s directorial debut, we find Adonis married, with a child, and retiring as the world’s heavyweight champion. He begins to start to promote fights through the Delphi Academy with Little Duke. Even one for the title with his former opponent, Viktor Drago.
Through a series of events, an old friend of Adonis’ comes back into his life and begins to cause incredible amounts of trouble that doesn’t just impact his work, but his home life. Dragging him back into the ring.
While a serviceable film, it just doesn’t feel like a film in the Rocky universe. For one, unlike the other films, there is no Rocky. The heart of the franchise is gone without him. I’m not saying that the films wouldn’t have been as good without Rocky, but we see the quality without him.
In this film, Rocky is barely even mentioned and doesn’t show up for things that Rocky would 100% have shown up for. Trying to force heart into Adonis where there is none, is just a big misstep. Still, the film has seen a lot of success, pulling in more than $150 million at the box office since its release. It just doesn’t quite hold up against the other films in the franchise.