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The Indiana Jones And The Dial Of Destiny Trailer Is Full Of Nods To Indy's Greatest Hits

Few fictional characters have risen to such a high level of pop culture fame as Indiana Jones (Harrison Ford). The university professor who moonlights as a whip-cracking archaeologist and a staunch enemy of the Third Reich made his debut in 1981's "Raiders of the Lost Ark," and in no time, he became immensely popular the world over. The release of the two "Raiders" sequels, "Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom" (which is actually a prequel) and "Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade," only further cemented his status as a Hollywood icon.

Almost 20 years after "The Last Crusade" premiered, Indy returned to the cinema via "Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull." While it was great to see Ford dust off his character's trusty fedora one more time, the 2008 sequel didn't live up to the expectations of most fans. With that, the "Indiana Jones" saga came to a somewhat disappointing end, or so everyone thought for a time. A fifth "Indiana Jones" feature is on the way to the movies with James Mangold in the director's chair and Ford picking up Indy's whip for the final time.

As if anticipation wasn't high enough, a hype-building "Indiana Jones and the Dial of Destiny" trailer has officially reached the internet, and it hits one nostalgic beat after another.

Indiana Jones and the Dial of Destiny seems like a love letter to the franchise

Considering what the trailer for "Indiana Jones and the Dial of Destiny" shows off, it's clear that the film wears its love for the ones that came before it on its sleeve. In addition to the desert town scenery, horseback riding sequences, shots of Jones teaching, and high-speed automobile chases — all staples of Indy's previous movies — the teaser makes more specific references to his past. 

First and foremost is the return of Sallah, as portrayed by John Rhys-Davies, who helped Indy on his adventures in "Raiders of the Lost Ark" and "The Last Crusade." We also see a giant boulder get dislodged and begin rolling down a slope, which is a clear reference to Indy's iconic encounter with a similar one at the start of "Raiders." At the end, Indy attempts to fend off a group of enemies using his whip. Unimpressed, they all pull out guns and begin firing in a moment reminiscent of Indy's "fight" with a Cairo swordsman in "Raiders" — only this time, Indy was on the wrong end of the barrel.

All in all, the "Indiana Jones 5" trailer promise an action-packed trip down memory lane that you won't want to miss. If you're somewhat skeptical, just ask Harrison Ford himself, who had some glowing remarks about the feature at the 2022 D23 Expo (via Parade). "'Indiana Jones' movies are about fantasy and mystery, but they're also about heart. We have a really human story to tell, as well as a movie that will kick your a**," he told the crowd that day, giving props to franchise newcomer Phoebe Waller-Bridge and confirming to fans that this is indeed his last hurrah as Indiana Jones.

"Indiana Jones and the Dial of Destiny" premieres on June 30, 2023.