“Sadly all things must pass…and end.”
Even though we knew this would happen and some probably thought it should have long ago, this is not the adieu most imagined from one of the most recognizable characters in motion picture history.
But that is what happened to Rocky Balboa via Instagram, thanks to a thoughtful post from Sylvester Stallone following the opening weekend of Creed II.
Since 1976, Rocky has entertained and enthralled. The champion of the underdog is finally calling it quits and hanging his gloves up. And it’s easy to assume the wild success of Michael B. Jordan resurrecting this franchise is the reason why Stallone feels it’s safe to leave his hero behind.
“I thought Rocky was over in 2006, and I was very happy with that,” the 72-year-old said in the video. Then, gesturing off-camera to his “Creed” co-star Michael B. Jordan Stallone said to Today. “All of the sudden this young man presented himself, and the whole story changed. It went on to a new generation — new problems, new adventures.”
Those new adventures will not involve Balboa who instead of joining his protege and best friend’s kid, will retire to Happy Hill Farm and watch the sunset. (Much like Thanos but without the fancy jewelry.)
ROCKY will never die because he lives on in you…
So, will he? Or, will he just come out of retirement? You know, again.