The opponent in Creed 3 by Jonathan Majors will be more nuanced than previous foes in the game. Michael B. Jordan returns as Adonis Creed in Creed 3 for the third time as well as making his directorial debut. While the first two Creed movies followed Adonis’ rise in the realm of boxing, Creed 3 is expected to examine how Adonis handles success. Despite Sylvester Stallone leaving the Creed franchise, Tessa Thompson, Phylicia Rashad, and Wood Harris will return in their signature roles from the previous movies.
The story of the movie revolves around Adonis Creed’s tense reunion with a childhood buddy played by Jonathan Majors who has been behind bars for 18 years. The enemies in previous Creed movies have all been simple to root against, so this dynamic will be a change from that. With Empire, Michael B. Jordan discussed this change. Below is his complete quote:
What Makes Damian Anderson Unique
The major antagonist in prior Creed movies has always been somewhat of an outsider. In the first Creed, Adonis faced “Pretty” Ricky Conlan, a menacing British boxer who was ranked as the best in the world pound-for-pound at the time of their bout. Viktor Drago, the antagonist of Rocky IV, was Creed’s opponent in Creed II. Creed 3 centers on a reunion between Adonis and his childhood friend Damian Anderson rather than Adonis competing against a foe he has no connection to.
Anderson, who was portrayed by Majors, was an aspiring boxer who grew up next to Adonis. Anderson has rejoined the boxing scene after serving nearly 20 years in prison. The Creed 3 teaser teases a conflicted relationship between the two childhood pals, with the suggestion that Anderson might have taken the blame for an event that both he and Adonis were part of. That complicated past will undoubtedly result in a far more intense and intimate battle between the two characters. This intriguing turn from the well-known Rocky formula is a refreshing departure.
Why Jonathan Majors Is Ideal For The New Villain In Creed 3
Majors will undoubtedly play Damian Anderson with the passion that has become his signature. He already has a role in the Marvel Cinematic Universe as Kang the Conqueror after playing a multiverse-based version of the character in the Loki series in 2021. In the HBO Max horror series Lovecraft Country and the arthouse smash The Last Black Man in San Francisco, Majors initially made a name for himself as a sensitive leading man. The Creed 3 teaser highlights Major’s enormous height and explosive energy in his new role. His character’s intricate relationship with Adonis will undoubtedly leave the final fight with a bittersweet aftertaste that was missing from earlier movies.