Last night, theGrio attended the New York premiere of Creed II starring Michael “Bae” Jordan, Tessa Thompson and Sylvester Stallone.  Hundreds of people bundled up and showed support for the movie on a frigid Big Apple night. Fans cheered and waved as the stars of the movie made their way down the red carpet answering questions from the press.

Both Creed movies are extensions of the wildly popular Rocky franchise which took a look into the gritty and personal side of professional boxing. Overcoming defeat is an underlying theme throughout all of the films.

When Michael B. Jordan was asked how he responds to failure, he gave an optimistic answer. “There’ll be more. You can’t be deterred by one answer, one role. You have to continue to get to your yes,” the 31-year-old said.

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Cheo Hodari Coker, a writer for Creed II, explained to theGrio how Creed II differs from the first film. It’s bigger stakes. It’s really interesting because this movie is both the sequel to Rocky IV and Creed. On one hand, you have a young champion dealing with his legacy and still dealing with to a certain extent another legacy, relationship issues and fighting the most formidable opponent he’s ever fought,” explained Coker to theGrio.  “Sometimes success is as hard to fight as whoever you fight in the ring. You see all of that in this film and I’m extremely proud to be part of this.”

Coker, who also wrote for the popular but now cancelled Marvel series Luke Cage, responded to theGrio’s question about whether or not Luke Cage would re-appear on another network or platform.

“I really wish I knew and I really wish I could answer that question. It was an incredible opportunity and I’m thankful that I had it. The fact that I got to create and work on Luke Cage, but I also get to be a part of this universe is bugging me out. I’m the luckiest writer in the world,” he said.

Check out the gallery below to see which actors, athletes, singers, and other celebrities hit the red carpet for Creed II, which hits theaters nation-wide November 21.


10Michael B. Jordan

NEW YORK, NEW YORK – NOVEMBER 14: Michael b Jordan attends “Creed II” New York Premiere at AMC Loews Lincoln Square on November 14, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by John Lamparski/Getty Images)