One of cinema’s most iconic characters may be hanging up his boxing gloves. Sylvester Stallone has seemingly said goodbye to Rocky following the release of Creed II.
The actor took to Instagram to post an emotional goodbye video where he addressed the cast and crew of the newest installment in the Rocky franchise.
“I just want to thank everyone around the whole wide World for taking the Rocky family into their hearts for over 40 years,” Stallone captioned the video. “It’s been my Ultimate privilege to have been able to create and play this meaningful character. Though it breaks my heart, Sadly all things must pass… and end. I love you Kind and generous people , and The most wonderful thing of all , is that ROCKY will never die because he lives on in you ….”
Stallone has portrayed Rocky Balboa in eight films over 42 years, with Creed II being his last. However, the franchise will continue as a third Creed film is said to be in development with Michael B. Jordan returning to star as Adonis Creed. It’s unclear if Ryan Coogler will return to direct the project.
What is your favorite Rocky moment? Let us know in the comments below! –Jackson Hayes
Creed II is currently playing in theaters
Life has become a balancing act for Adonis Creed. Between personal obligations and training for his next big fight, he is up against the challenge of his life. Facing an opponent with ties to his family’s past only intensifies his impending battle in the ring. Rocky Balboa is there by his side through it all and, together, Rocky and Adonis will confront their shared legacy, question what’s worth fighting for, and discover that nothing’s more important than family. Creed II is about going back to basics to rediscover what made you a champion in the first place, and remembering that, no matter where you go, you can’t escape your history.