Spoilers! How ‘Creed 2’ rewrites Dolph Lundgren/Ivan Drago’s ‘Rocky IV’ history

Spoiler alert! This story discusses Ivan Drago’s full character arc in ‘Creed II.’ Stop reading now if you haven’t seen the movie yet and don’t want to know.

Three decades after falling to Rocky Balboa (Sylvester Stallone) in “Rocky IV,” disgraced Russian killing machine Ivan Drago (Dolph Lundgren) is back for revenge in “Creed II.”

It’s a meal best served after many cold Ukrainian winters.

With his brutal son Viktor (Florian Munteanu) doing the fighting, ice-hearted Drago challenges Adonis Creed (Michael B. Jordan), the son of boxing legend Apollo Creed, who was literally killed by Drago in the “Rocky IV” ring.

Lundgren, 61, says “Creed II” (in theaters now) pays homage to his classic villain, before it changes the course of Drago’s history.

” ‘Rocky IV’ was like, ‘We’re in a nuclear stand-off with Russia, we need this bad guy without layers,’ ” says Lundgren. “I was pleased to play a character with a little more emotion and more rounded than the first.”

** Seriously, this is your last chance to stop reading. Don’t say we didn’t warn you. **

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