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‘Creed III’: Michael B. Jordan Explains Why Sylvester Stallone’s Rocky Won’t Appear

Even before it was official, rumors swirled that Michael B. Jordan might direct Creed III. So fans weren’t surprised when Jordan’s directorial debut became official. However, the absence of original Rocky star Sylvester Stallone was shocking. He played Rocky Balboa in eight movies, including two Creed films. Now Jordan addressed why Stallone isn’t in Creed III.

What we know about ‘Creed III’ so far

The Creed series is, of course, a spinoff/sequel to the original run of Rocky movies. From 1976 to 2006, Stallone played boxer Rocky Balboa to much acclaim. In fact, the actor wrote or co-wrote most entries in the series — including Creed II — and even directed four of them. For the first time, Jordan’s Adonis “Donnie” Creed will be without his mentor in Creed III.

Much like Stallone, Jordan will step behind the camera for the project. But fans don’t have much other information. Co-stars Tessa Thompson and Phylicia Rashad will presumably return as Donnie’s wife and stepmother. And Zach Baylin — who wrote the forthcoming King Richard starring Will Smith — will write the movie. But Creed III plot details remain scarce.

Michael B. Jordan addresses why Sylvester Stallone isn’t in it
Rocky Balboa is inarguably Stallone’s most iconic character. So the notion of a film set in that world happening without him might be a tough sell for longtime fans of the Rocky franchise. But according to what Jordan told IGN, the time is right for Donnie to step into the ring without Rocky by his side.

“Yeah, I think that Sly let it be known that he wasn’t coming back for this one but I think, you know, his essence and his spirit… there’s always going to be a little bit of Rocky within Adonis. But this is a Creed franchise, and we really want to build this story and this world around him moving forward. So it’s always respect and always a s**t-ton of love for what he’s built. But we really want to push and navigate Adonis forward and the family that he created. So hopefully you guys will love what I’m thinking… what we’re cooking up. I think it’s going to be something special.”

To Jordan’s point, Creed II did hinge largely on Rocky’s past. Sure, Ivan Drago (Dolph Lundgren) is the man who killed Donnie’s father way back in Rocky IV. But the movie was as much about Rocky’s legacy as it was about Donnie’s. And the story as a whole did feel fixated on looking back rather than forward. Creed III sounds like it aims to amend that a bit.

Will Sylvester Stallone’s Rocky die in ‘Creed III’?
With Stallone officially out of Creed III, fans are speculating about whether the franchise will kill off Rocky Balboa. After all, the character was diagnosed with cancer in Creed. And though he was in remission in Creed II, it would be easy enough for Creed III to reveal Rocky’s illness returned in a fatal manner in between movies. Still, the movie doesn’t have to kill Rocky.

Or the Creed franchise might want to leave the door for Stallone to return one last time if he wants. Besides, Rocky’s story came to a satisfying conclusion in Creed II, with the boxer reconnecting with his son Robert (Milo Ventimiglia). If Creed III wants to leave this happy ending untouched, it can very well do so. And perhaps it should. Fans will have to wait and see.

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The Ultimate List of the Best Action Movie Hero Names

Arnold Schwarzenegger (aka “Arnie”, “The Austrian Oak”, or “The Govenator”) is an ultimate action movie legend of the first class. Both a former Mr. Universe and Mr. Olympia champion bodybuilder and former Governor of California, Arnold has risen to the highest levels of worldly success.

Born in Thal, Styria, Austria, Arnold made his breakthrough into Hollywood action movies originally in sword-and-sorcery with Conan the Barbarian and in sci-fi with The Terminator, early roles which let him hide his thick accent and lack of American acting experience.

However, Arnold quickly found his niche and would go on to helm some of the most critically and commercially successful action movie blockbusters of all time. Including Terminator 2: Judgement Day and the Terminator Series, Commando, Predator, Total Recall and True Lies to name a few. While he has eased up in later years to pursue public office, his legacy remains Arnold strong!

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American Ninja 4: The Annihilation (1991) Biography, Plot, Trailer

American Ninja 4: The Annihilation (1991)
American Ninja 4: The Annihilation (1991)

American Ninja 4: The Annihilation (1991)

American Ninja 4: The Annihilation is a 1991 American martial arts action film starring Michael Dudikoff, David Bradley, and James Booth. A sequel to American Ninja 3: Blood Hunt (1989), it is the fourth installment in the American Ninja franchise, followed by American Ninja V and was directed by Cedric Sundstrom. The film marked Michael Dudikoff’s final appearance in the American Ninja franchise.

American Ninja 4: The Annihilation (1991)


A Delta Force unit attempts to escape from a pursuing group of ninja in a foreign country but most are killed and the rest are captured. The secret Ninja Army is headed by Colonel Scarf Mulgrew) an ex-British policeman and anti-American who has joined with Shiekh Ali Maksood, a Muslim militant, who plans to bring a suitcase nuke to New York. Mulgrew threatens to burn the commandos alive and use the nuke unless he is paid a ransom of 50 million dollars. Agents Sean Davidson and Carl Brackston are sent on a covert mission to rescue the prisoners and defeat the terrorists.


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Sean and Carl parachute in and meet their contact Pango. While gathering information from a local operative named Freddie, they are confronted by Mulgrew and the corrupt local police headed by O’Reilly. Freddie is killed by Mulgrew but Sean, Carl, and Pango escape. Pango takes them to Dr. Sarah a Peace Corps nurse who hides them from the police. Soon after ninjas attack, capturing Sean, Carl and Sarah alive while Pango escapes, and imprisoning them in an old British fort to be tortured by Mulgrew. Mulgrew assaults Sarah and later it is revealed Mulgrew killed her father.


  • Michael Dudikoff as Agent Joe Armstrong
  • David Bradley as Agent Sean Davidson
  • Dwayne Alexandre as Agent Carl Brackston
  • Robin Stille as Dr. Sarah[3]
  • Ken Gampu as Dr. Tamba
  • James Booth as Colonel Scarf Mulgrew
  • Ron Smerczak as Shiekh Ali Maksood
  • Frantz Dobrowsky as Captain O’Reilly
  • Kely McClung as Super Ninja
  • Jody Abrahams as Pango
  • Anthony Fridjhon as Freddie / Treddle
  • David Sherwood as Gavin
  • Sean Kelly as Norris
  • Jamie Bartlett as Segal
  • John Pasternak as Carlos
  • Robin B. Smith as Schultz
  • Shane Safi as Little Special School Child

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Will Smith CONFRONTS Jim Carrey For HUMILIATING Him On Live TV

Get ready for the ultimate showdown! In this explosive video, Will Smith confronts Jim Carrey after being publicly humiliated on live TV.

The two Hollywood legends have a long-standing rivalry, but things came to a head after Jim’s controversial comments about Will during an interview.
With tensions running high, Will finally has the opportunity to confront Jim face-to-face and demand an apology.

But will Jim be able to make amends for his insulting remarks, or will this confrontation only escalate the feud further?
Watch now to find out!

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But will Jim be able to make amends for his insulting remarks, or will this confrontation only escalate the feud further?
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