While Sylvester Stallone won't be in the next Creed III, an iconic Rocky enemy is set to return in his spin-off.
After stepping down from the ring in Rocky Balboa (who washed away the affront from Rocky V ), Sylvester Stallone will definitely hand over to Michael B. Jordan in the upcoming Creed III. If the former Italian Stallion took up too much space in the first installment of 2014 and this awkward legacy continued in Creed II, the interpreter of Adonis Creed, the illegitimate son of Apollo Creed should fully appropriate this new franchise in his name in the third opus that Michael B. Jordan will direct at the same time.
The old guard and the new
However, the original saga and its icons are not doomed to disappear. According to The Wrap, the he MGM is developing another spin-off tentatively titled Drago, the name of the Philadelphia boxer's iconic nemesis in Rocky IV who notably killed Apollo Creed. The character of Dolph Lundgren had also reappeared in Creed II where Adonis faced his son Viktor Drago played by Florian Munteanu.
A director has not yet been announced, but the script will be written by Robert Lawton (Crave) and should follow father and son. However, it has not been specified whether the story will take place before Creed II or after.
Dolph Lundgren and Florian Munteanu in Creed II
The news isn't all that surprising though given that Dolf Lundgren told The Hollywood Reporter last year that a Draco spin-off was in the works. Sylvester Stallone revealed in March 2021 that he was working on a prequel series about Rocky's youth in the 60s. His project, however, has not given any news since April of last year.
For its part, Creed III will also see the returning Tessa Thompson and Phylicia Rashad, while Jonathan Majors will make his franchise debut. No precise release date has been communicated, but the film should land in theaters next November. Dolph Lundgren will next reunite with Sylvester Stallone in the upcoming Expendables 4.