The Rocky franchise could be back in the U.S.S.R. for Creed 2.
At least that’s what Rocky actor Sylvester Stallone is teasing on Instagram. The Rocky and Creed star has spent the better part of the last week posting images from Rocky IV with suggestions that the film’s antagonist, Russian boxer Ivan Drago, could factor into the plot of the next Creed film.
The latest post, which the actor shared on Sunday, was a photoshopped image of Creed star Michael B. Jordan (who played Adonis Creed, son of the late Apollo Creed in the 2015 film) and Drago actor Dolph Lundgren face-to-face in the ring with Stallone watching from outside the ropes. “Here’s a chance to stretch your imagination,” Stallone wrote in the caption. “HISTORY WILL ALWAYS REPEAT ITSELF IN ONE FORM OR ANOTHER, JUST GOT TO BE READY! … Sins of the Father…. #creed2.”
In Rocky IV, Drago kills Apollo in the ring, leaving Adonis, his son out of wedlock, without a father.
Representatives for Stallone had “nothing to add” when reached by EW. New Line Cinema and reps for Creed director Ryan Coogler did not immediately respond to EW’s request for comment.
Released in 2015, the seventh film in the iconic boxing franchise scored over $170 million at the box office and a Golden Globe win for Stallone, who was also nominated in the best supporting actor category at the Academy Awards (he lost the Oscar to Bridge of Spies star Mark Rylance).
See the rest of Stallone’s posts below.