Dolph Lundgren has been confirmed as appearing in “Creed 2”, technically making it a reunion of a different kind. He will reprise his role as Ivan Drago, one who has unforgettable ties with Rocky Balboa (Sylvester Stallone) and the late Apollo Creed (Carl Weathers).

Word of Lundgren possibly joining the cast of “Creed 2” first came out in July. Stallone posted a photo on Instagram with the hashtag #drago, instantly calling to mind their epic match on “Rocky IV.” The 71-year-old filmmaker confirmed the return of Lundgren according to Cinema Blend.

Pumping iron

Lundgren remains active in both movies and TV series, commitments that have forced him to stay in shape. He will play the part of Nereus in “Aquaman” and also appears on “Arrow” as Konstantin Kovar.

Being part of “Creed 2” hardly counts as a reunion between the 59-year-old and Stallone. Both have worked in “The Expendables” series, so both have been in touch.

To get back in shape, Lundgren shared an Instagram post of him hitting the gym and getting back into shape. His caption practically says it all: “Getting ready for something big!”

Drago is expected to return but with a likely different physique. He is unlikely to take the ring and challenge Adonis Creed (Michael B. Jordan) but instead returns to the scene with a new protégé.

Battle of Siblings

Right now, most are under the impression that it would be a battle of offsprings. Creed Jr. will face an unconfirmed Drago Jr., an emotionally charged showdown expected to rekindle a bloody past.

For the benefit of those who may have forgotten, Drago was responsible for Apollo Creed’s death. The special bout was supposed to be an exhibition until the Russian boxer unloaded with punches that the retired Creed was unable to endure.

Balboa stepped up to avenge his friend’s death. While he did win that fight in Russia, the fight came at a cost with Rocky being forced into retirement. From there alone, both Adonis and Rocky have a score to settle with Drago – a script offering many angles on what can go down for “Creed 2.”

There is no confirmation yet on whether a Drago Jr.

does exist. But in case there is one, he will most likely carry the same physique and talent that his father had in “Rocky IV.” With the physicality and heated scenes most saw in “Creed,” the same intensity is expected if not over.

A battle is imminent though it may now take place in America instead. Unofficially, Adonis could win the expected match towards the end of the film. Will they end up as friends once insults and punches have been thrown? No official release date has been announced for “Creed 2” as of this writing so stay tuned.