Ignoring the fact that he said the exact same thing after the first Creed movie, Stallone offered a touching and heartfelt farewell to the character on his Instagram.
In the video, which is available below, Stallone said, "Well, this is probably my last rodeo because what I thought happened, and has happened, I never expected. I thought Rocky was over in 2006, and I was very happy with that. Then all of a sudden this young man presented himself and the whole story changed. It went on to a new generation. New problems. New adventures. And I couldn't be happier as I step back because my story has been told, there's a whole new world that's going to be opening up with the audience, with this generation. Now you [pointing to Michael B. Jordan], have to carry the mantle."
In the video's caption, he added, "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."
Watch the video below, and let's see what happens if and when they shoot Creed III.
I am reposting this because there was a technical difficulty. I just want to thank everyone around the whole wide World for taking the Rocky family into their hearts for over 40 years. 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 ....