The "Creed" sequel is sticking close to its Rocky series roots.
Sylvester Stallone has been using social media to tease a tie-in between "Rocky IV" and the upcoming "Creed 2." Since late June, he has shared a flurry of photos featuring Ivan Drago (Dolph Lundgren), the Russian boxer who killed Apollo Creed in the 1985 film. Stallone seems to be hinting at the character's return in the spin-off series, which would make sense given their history.
In the latest image, posted July 2, Drago's head is Photoshopped into a picture, putting him face-to-face with "Creed" protagonist Donnie (Michael B. Jordan), the young man whose father he killed in "Rocky IV."
"Here's a chance to stretch your imagination," Stallone captioned the photo. "HISTORY WILL ALWAYS REPEAT ITSELF IN ONE FORM OR ANOTHER, JUST GOT TO BE READY! ... Sins of the Father..."
While we still haven't gotten any official confirmation of Drago's return, the idea is an intriguing one. A matchup in the ring might be strange considering that most boxers would be retired by Drago's age now, but maybe he has another fight in him. Lundgren has kept in shape, as we can see in the 2016 Instagram video below.
We're sure they can find a way to work the Rocky villain into the story somehow.
See more of Stallone's recent Drago-centric Instagram posts below.
Adonis Johnson (Michael B. Jordan) never knew his famous father, boxing champion Apollo Creed, who died before Adonis was born. However, boxing is in his blood, so he seeks out Rocky Balboa (Sylvester Stallone) and asks the retired champ to be his trainer. Rocky sees much of Apollo in Adonis, and agrees to mentor him, even as he battles an opponent deadlier than any in the ring. With Rocky's help, Adonis soon gets a title shot, but whether he has the true heart of a fighter remains to be seen. Read More
After reclaiming the boxing championship title, Rocky Balboa (Sylvester Stallone) plans to retire and live with his wife, Adrian (Talia Shire). However, during an exhibition match, Rocky's friend Apollo Creed (Carl Weathers) is mercilessly beaten to death by hulking Russian newcomer Ivan Drago (Dolph Lundgren). Rocky vows payback against Drago and flies to Russia to train for a Christmas Day fight. Despite their different training methods, Rocky and Drago both wage a long and intense match. Read More