Dolph Lundgren shows fans how he's preparing to become Ivan Drago again

Dolph Lundgren shows fans how he's preparing to become Ivan Drago again

As a die-hard fan of Sylvester Stallone's Rocky series, I have love for all the entries in the film franchise. There's the first one, which is effectively an indie romance with a little boxing to go with it. Then there's the likes of Rocky IV - a big, bombastic movie where the patriotic hero faces Ivan Drago in a battle between the U.S. and the Soviet Union at the height of the Cold War.

It's a little bizarre, to be sure, but that's bound to happen to a boxing series with so many installments. But the emotional core of that movie was the loss of Rocky's rival-turned-closest-friend: Apollo Creed. Dolph Lundgren's absurdly muscular Ivan Drago was responsible for the death, and revenge was served.

Rocky Balboa punching Ivan Drago Credit: Getty

In 2015, we were all surprised to see Rocky Balboa's next cinematic outing in Creed, which told the tale of Apollo's secret illegitimate son Adonis (played by Michael B. Jordan) and his attempts to live up to his father's legacy. Given the wild success of that film at the box office and with critics (it holds 95 per cent on Rotten Tomatoes), it was bound to get a sequel eventually.

And it seems that time has come, but an iconic character from the series is making his return. The man referred to as "The Siberian Bull", or simply "Death from Above", will be back in Creed 2, and he's already getting in shape to play the Russian behemoth.

Now, Dolph has posted a new video to Instagram to show his training for the role.

Stallone has hinted at the character's return before on Instagram. Last month he posted a photo of his 439-page notes for the film's script, tagging #Drago in the post, and just last week he posted an image depicting Lundgren's character along with the caption: "A WINNER IS JUST A PROUD LOSER WHO NEVER STOPPED TRYING! .... the Son is Rising!"

While he was only a supporting character in Creed, much of that movie dealt with Rocky's struggles of growing older and passing on his legacy when he could no longer fight. It was fitting for Stallone, who turned 71 in July - something you might not notice seeing as he still does his own stunts in a plethora of action movies.

It would be wise to assume that it will be Michael B. Jordan's Adonis Creed facing off against the man responsible for his father's death, or maybe even Drago's son stepping in. But that doesn't mean Rocky won't be staying on the bench. "It wouldn't be a party without Drago, would it?" Stallone said, speaking to TMZ, "I'm gonna punch him. You know I gotta hit Drago once."

Creed 2 hasn't had an official release date yet, but it is expected to hit theatres around 2019 or 2020. I've got to say, I'm even more excited for this movie now, knowing that Drago will be making his return.