Creed III & Black Masculinity 

Creed III & Black Masculinity 

March 6, 2023 0

One of the most anticipated films for 2023 released and it centered around the dimensions of brotherhood. Through the parallels of this journey we see both actors and characters face trials and tribulations within the world as actors and their retrospective characters in the world of Creed. Between both worlds we see both actors and their counterparts face themes such as bonds, forgiveness, guilt, family, masculinity and ultimately the black male image.

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As the audience followed Adonis Creed for 8 years, this will be the first time we uncover the various layers of Adonis in Creed III. Assisting with these layers is Jonathan Majors, who plays Damian Anderson, an older childhood friend of Adonis who illustrates to the audience their past, present and future. Similar to the bond their characters built, Michael B Jordan & Jonathan Majors’ bond is indistinguishable. Traversing through their press run, we see both men approached with questions regarding the idea masculinity, embrace and showing appreciation for one another.

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Ayesha Rascoe, Jonathan Majors (Nickolai Hammar/NPR)

During an interview with Ayesha Racoe on NPR, Majors responds to the topic of Masculinity:

“Masculinity is love, its balance, its strength, theres vunerablity and their awareness, acknowledgment of ignorance, a big part of it is kindness, use of power, gentleness, theres are masculine characteristics, its quite unmasculine to emasculate another man, It doesn’t matter how much you weigh or benchpress, its an energy”

– Jonathan Majors

He continues:

“I hear my brothers, we fight and claw for every inch of positive popularity, positive news, its not lost on me or this moment, because of the photos, ive made. I don’t want to shy away from black masculinity, I am a black man”

– Jonathan Majors

For black men, our masculinity is boxed into certain stereotypes, while other groups can just “Be”. Many dense individuals aren’t able to comprehend or digest an accomplished black man who doesn’t fit their mold of their internalized environment. Dysfunctional programming doesn’t assist the elevation of black men. We need all black men to step outside of the box and be uncomfortable. 

As Michael B. Jordan approaches a different question, focusing on the curation of Adonis and Damian’s relationship, he uses anime as one of his references for this film.

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“Brotherhood, friendships, bonds, promises,” Jordan said. “…usually the outcast, or the one that is different, is the one that gets ousted by the community, you know, they talk shit about them, all that stuff. But they don’t hold a grudge. They come back and they help save everybody from some type of peril. 

– Michael B. Jordan

He continues:

“I think just being black and connecting with that feeling different, being an outcast in certain areas and still feeling like I can make a difference” 

– Michael B. Jordan

On the inside of Creed lll, we see Michael B. Jordan’s growth as a director, playing the character for 8 years and using this experience to direct and bring others into his perspective. Previously directed by Ryan Cooglar and Steven Caple Jr, This is Michael B. Jordan’s directorial debut. But he isn’t left without alone, He mentions seeing Ryan Cooglar direct Fruitvale Station gave him the confidence to step into this new role.

Photo Credit: Warner Bros. Pictures

“Seeing someone who looks like me, close to my age, a young black man shooting a feature film influenced me”

– Michael B. Jordan

He relays his advice from Cooglar:

“Theres no right time for this, You’ve been on set your entire life, When you find something that speaks for you just go for it”

– Michael B. Jordan
Photo Credit: Warner Bros. Pictures

During this journey, this press run has highlighted celebratory moments for Michael B. Jordan, one of them includes receiving a star on the Hollywood Walk Of Fame. Jonathan Majors and Ryan Cooglar also made appearances in commemorating this achievement, and recognizing his previous work in movies such as Fruitvale station, Black Panther, Just Mercy A Journal For Jordan, the Creed Franchises and more. 

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Simultaneously celebrating with Jordan, Jonathan Majors is celebrated with his recent work – Ant Man, Magazine Dreams, Devotion as well as the Creed lll. 

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We look forward to watching Creed lll and exploring both stories and understanding & supporting the journey of these black men. 

Creed lll is in theaters everywhere. 

(Updated) As the movie released on Friday, It delivered a knockout opening with $100 Million at the Global box office.

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