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‘Creed 3’ Trailer: Jonathan Majors Personifies Frenemy By Stepping In The Ring With Michael B. Jordan

The trailer for Creed 3 is out and it’s clear that Michael B. Jordan’s Adonis has a soft spot in his heart for old friends who went to jail long ago. It’s also clear that said old friends might not be friends at all once we see that Jonathan Majors steps into the ring as Damian Anderson.

At least that’s the gist of what we see in the new trailer released for the March 2023 film spun off from the Rocky Balboa film classics. Jordan’s Adonis ‘Donnie’ Creed (son of Rocky rival, Apollo Creed) tries to help a childhood friend but instead gets lured into a fight. The duo movie posters share a split saying: “You can’t run .... from your past.” And, as Damian says in a crucial part of the trailer: “You think you mad? Try spending half your life in a cell, watching somebody else live your life.”

Jealousy. A tale as old as time, and a tale that will bring Rocky and Creed fans right on back to the box office on March 3, 2023. The first film in the series, Creed, brought in 109-million domestically and 67-million outside the United States for a worldwide take of $173.5-million for the Ryan Coogler-directed fan favorite. Creed II did better than that, bringing in 115.7-million domestically and 98.5-million internationally for a worldwide take of $214.2-million.

It’s been seven years since we last saw Creed at the theaters. In a special conversation that included members of the National Association of Black Journalists, Michael B. Jordan talked a bit about the film, which is also his directoral debut.

“I finally got to this place in my career where I wanted to tell a story and not just be in front of the camera, not just execute somebody else's vision,” Jordan said. “And having a character that I've played twice before, it's been seven, eight years living with this guy. So to be able to tell a story of where I believe Adonis is at, and also at 35 years old, I had a lot to say as a young man, as a young Black man, just my life experiences and how I could actually share that, share a piece of myself with the world - through these characters and through this story. So I just felt like it was the right time. You know, I was talking to Ryan Coogler back when we were doing CREED I, and he was just like, It's never the right time. You just gotta jump in the deep end and go for it, you know?”

Jonathan Majors’ Glistening Muscles Take Over ‘Creed III’

After his splashy Men’s Health profile broke the internet last week—those muscles!!!—there’s finally footage of Jonathan Majors making his debut in the Creed movie universe. (Well, the Rocky movie universe, but it’s all about Adonis now.) The trailer for Creed III, which was released Tuesday, introduces Majors as Damian Anderson, an old pal of Adonis Creed (Michael B. Jordan) who has recently been released from prison.

For his part, Donnie is now married to Bianca (Tessa Thompson) and they have a daughter. Things seem to be good in both the houses of Rocky (Sylvester Stallone, who tragically won’t appear in the new film) and his mentee.

“I spent the last seven years of my life living out my wildest dreams,” Donnie narrates in the trailer. “Bianca, Rocky, my dad, it was built on their shoulders.”

Until: The return of Damian, who has been in prison for 18 years. Damian claims he and Donnie used to be “like brothers.” Now, he’s back and ready to fight. Though the pair have a dramatic history, Donnie worries that Damian is too risky to partner with—he’s trying to hurt people in the ring, and it’s getting tricky for Donnie to keep defending him. Their friendship spirals out of control, and it’s time for them to throw down in the ring.

Not only is Majors joining the Creed franchise, Majors has also entered the Marvel Cinematic Universe as Kang, an evil mastermind introduced in the finale of Loki who will also appear in Ant-Man: Quantumania. As anyone who has seen any Marvel movie knows, actors who are cast typically bulk up to convince viewers of their superhuman abilities. Majors put plenty of bodybuilding work in for both his Creed and MCU roles.