Dolph Lundgren Says Ivan Drago May Get His Own Spinoff

by Chase Thomas
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Folks who loved the Creed spinoff movies may be excited to know that an Ivan Drago spinoff might also be in the works, so says the man who played him, Dolph Lundgren.

Yes, Drago might be getting a spinoff. Will it star Lundgren or a younger family member similar to Creed? It is far too early to say, to be sure. However, it is interesting that according to Lundgren, there are folks talking about it.

Lundgren told the Hollywood Reporter, “I was. I thought it was a good moment. It was also a fan moment. It was a quick little fight, and I thought it worked. But the director [Stephen Caple Jr.] and MGM felt that it was extraneous and that it didn’t add anything. By the way, I think there’s some talk about doing a whole spinoff on Drago with MGM. So you may get more of that.”

Creed was a huge success starring Michael B. Jordan and a returning Sylvester Stallone. So much so that it got a sequel that featured a storyline involving Drago. With its success, it makes sense to keep expanding this extended Rocky universe, similar to the way Marvel has done it, right?

Dolph Lundgren on The Drago Character

While Apollo Creed got the spotlight in the first Rocky spinoff, it makes sense another spinoff could work. Especially if it involves Drago. As much as fans loved the Creed vs. Rocky rivalry, they certainly loved the Rocky vs. Drago character as well.

Speaking of the character, though, Drago was not what folks may have gotten if Lundgren does not get involved early on. He added layers to the character. There are questions surrounding his origin, though. Lundgren shed some light on that by saying, “When I played the character, I did a backstory about how he was brought up by the state and they controlled him. He didn’t have much say.”

He continued, “He wasn’t really an evil person; he was just a product of the system. He’s Frankenstein’s monster. He’s not Dr. Frankenstein; that was the Soviet Union. So I always played that, and some of that came across in ’85. Sly and I are friends, but now, I guess he wanted to show the other side of the character. So I’m sure I’ll enjoy it.”

Characters are complicated. Lundgren saw Drago as a different kind of character. He was not the Evil Guy or the mastermind behind the scenes he was simply like Lundgren said, “a product of the system.” There were not as many layers to peel off with his character. Now, if a spinoff for Drago does indeed happen, it should be interesting to see how Creed and Rocky and Lundgren all work it out and add another chapter to their story.