An Instagram post from Sylvester Stallone seems to confirm that the infamous Ivan Drago, played by Dolph Lundgren in Rocky IV, will appear in Creed 2, the sequel to the spin-off film that told the story of Adonis "Donnie" Creed, the son of Apollo Creed.
As the winner of several awards including the Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actor that went to Stallone, it's no surprise he's working on penning a sequel. Details of the plot are thin, though the reveal that Drago is coming back does shed some light on what to expect from Creed 2.
Sylvester Stallone posted a picture on Instagram of his handwritten notes that will later be translated into the screenplay for the movie. The word "Drago" can be made out in the notes. This seems to confirm Drago's return, which Stallone has also teased in other posts. In June, Stallone posted a picture of him directing Apollo and Drago, and described them as "the two best cinema boxers that ever lived." He then suggested that "maybe it's time to try to again?" Stallone also posted a photoshopped image of Donnie Creed (played by Michael B. Jordan) facing off against Drago with Stallone in the center.
It seems logical that if Creed were ever to expand into a series of films, they would eventually have to deal with the elephant in the room: Ivan Drago killed Donnie's father. This backstory alone provides a potential plot for Creed 2. It was a bloody, brutal, heart-breaking moment for the franchise as fans watched Drago mercilessly pummel Apollo Creed (Carl Weathers) to death while Rocky (Sylvester Stallone), the trainers, and the audience stood by and watched in horror.
The death of Apollo was undoubtedly a character-building moment for Donnie, who had to grow up with the memory of his father getting beaten to death on national television. Considering the effect this had on Donnie, a confrontation between the two characters would certainly be interesting to see on-screen. The return of Drago would have an impact on Rocky (Sylvester Stallone) as well. Though Rocky avenged Apollo by defeating Drago in an epic match, we can imagine that there are still plenty of hard feelings between the two.
One concern about the character's return is the actor's age. Lundgren, at 59, could be considered too old for a boxing match with Adonis. However, the actor is still in excellent shape and continues to star in action films, so getting back into the ring doesn't seem too unlikely.
Creed 2 does not yet have a release date.