Do we need a ‘Creed III’?

“Creed 3” movie flyer. Photo courtesy: Google

Reactions have varied since the trailer debuted earlier this month on whether we need another Creed movie. The third installment of the boxing series starring Michael B. Jordan will hit theaters on March 3, 2023.

After several losses in this film, he finally wins, earning fame, fortune and family. But this isn’t for long, as another opponent wants to step into the ring to take him down.

Adonis Creed (Michael B. Jordan) has been prospering in his professional and family life after dominating the boxing world. When Damian (Johnathan Majors), a childhood friend and former boxer, reappears after serving a lengthy prison sentence, eager to take his place in the ring. The two ex-friends’ showdown is more than just a fistfight. Adonis must face Damian, a fighter with nothing to lose, to settle the score, risking his future in the process.

“The Harder They Fall” actor Johnathan Majors is a new character in the series. Still, moviegoers can expect to see familiar characters like Tessa Thompson as Bianca and Phylicia Rashad as Mary Anne Creed. A notable character who will be missing from this series installment is Sylvester Salone as Rocky Balboa after his character battled with health issues in the previous movie, “Creed II.” This will be the first “Rocky” film without Salone, but Salone will still serve as producer as the film is still under the Balboa Production banner.

Jordan is directing the third film rather than Ryan Coogler, who directed “Creed I” and Steven Caple Jr., who directed “Creed II.”

Fans of the series, such as FAMU student Teika Tucker, are eager to see how the story and its characters progress in the face of this new challenge.

“I love Creed. I would love to see the daughter grow up and become an aspiring singer or boxer,” Tucker said.

The previous film depicted the early stages of Creed’s family, whereas this film expands on it.

Others aren’t thrilled to see yet another Black character who’s an athlete being put through the wringer for entertainment.

“To be honest, I’m sick of sports-themed movies,” FAMU student Nya Wimes said. “It’s almost as if the majority of films starring African Americans in leading roles are sports or Black trauma movies.”

The first and second films in this series received 80-percentile reviews on the Rotten Tomatoes movie and film review website, and we can only hope that the third film receives the same feedback as its predecessors.