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Indiana Jones And The Dial Of Destiny - Everything You Need To Know

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When it comes to cinematic heroes, they don't get much more iconic than Indiana Jones. The whip-cracking, fedora-wearing archaeologist has tracked down the Ark of the Covenant, gone up against a diabolical cult, discovered the Holy Grail, come face to face with aliens, and battled both the Nazis and the Soviets. He's survived everything from cobras to boulders to nuclear bombs, and now, after 15 years, Indy is coming back to the big screen.

His fifth — and from all accounts — final outing is titled "Indiana Jones and the Dial of Destiny." Indy might be older, but as he once put it so well, it's not the years, it's the mileage. And it seems the professor/adventurer has got a few more miles left in him. But what exactly is the plot of "Dial of Destiny," who's joining Indy on his adventures, and who will be sitting behind the director's chair instead of Steven Spielberg? Well, get ready for one final adventure as we discuss everything we know so far about "Indiana Jones and the Dial of Destiny."

When will Indiana Jones and the Dial of Destiny be released?

The last time we saw Indiana Jones, he was exploring the jungles of South America, avoiding killer ants, and hanging out with a leather jacket-clad Shia LaBeouf. "Kingdom of the Crystal Skull" hit theaters in 2008, and while it was the second highest-grossing film of the year — even beating "Iron Man" — it's not exactly beloved by hardcore Indy fans.

So the stakes are pretty high for "Dial of Destiny," which is set to land in theaters a little over 15 years after the fourth film. Believe it or not, the fifth movie was originally supposed to be released in July 2019, but two additional release date changes and one pandemic later, the film was finally scheduled to hit theaters on June 30, 2023.

What is the plot of Indiana Jones 5?

Indiana Jones has faced quite a few bad guys over the years. In "Kingdom of the Crystal Skull," he was up against a group of Soviets in South America, and he narrowly avoided having a heart to heart with a Thuggee cult leader in "Temple of Doom." However, there's one particular bunch of baddies who cross Indy's path again and again — Nazis, and boy, does Indy hate these guys.

Unfortunately for Indiana, he's not done with the Third Reich just yet, as he'll be butting heads with some very sinister Aryans in "Dial of Destiny." According to an Empire exclusive, the film will be set in 1969, during the height of the Space Race. In both the film and real life, the U.S. government employed quite a few Nazi scientists to beat the Russians to the moon. In "Dial of Destiny," one of those Nazi scientists is the nefarious Voller, whose loyalty to Hitler's regime is still strong. As Voller actor Mads Mikkelsen puts it, "He's a man who would like to correct some of the mistakes of the past."

Mikkelsen also implied that Voller is searching for something to "make the world a much better place to live in" (for Nazis, anyway). We're assuming that something is the titular Dial of Destiny, which Indy will need to find first with the help of his goddaughter, Helena. In addition to that relationship, the film will focus on Indy truly growing old and getting ready to take off the fedora for good. As writer-director James Mangold told Empire when discussing the script, "It became really important to me to figure out how to make this a movie about a hero at sunset." We'll also get some clarification on a what's going on with Shia LaBeouf's Mutt Williams. While the actor won't appear in the film, Mangold told Entertainment Weekly that we'll "find out what happened" to the bike-riding, sword-fighting character.

Who is starring in Dial of Destiny?

There are few actor-character combos as intrinsically linked as Indiana Jones and Harrison Ford. You simply can't think of one without thinking of the other. And unlike a certain other character from another mega franchise, Ford seems to genuinely love playing Indy. So as you might assume, the legendary actor has the bullwhip ready to go, and he'll be stepping onto theater screens as Dr. Jones for one more go-round.

But who will accompany him on this journey through the 1960s? Well, John Rhys-Davies will be returning to play Indy's BFF, Sallah. In addition to donning the fez in "Raiders of the Lost Ark" and "The Last Crusade," Rhys-Davies has also endeared himself to fans as the ax-wielding dwarf Gimli in the "Lord of the Rings" franchise. In addition to his old buddy, Indiana will be accompanied by a new character — his goddaughter, Helena, who writer-director James Mangold described to Empire as "slippery, charming, the girl next door, a grifter." She'll be played by the fantastic Phoebe Waller-Bridge, best known as the fourth-wall breaking lead of "Fleabag."

As for the big bad, Mads Mikkelsen will play Nazi scientist Voller, who's tricked the U.S. government into thinking he's abandoned his old ways but is cooking up a dastardly scheme. Mikkelsen is no stranger to playing bad guys, as he's played Le Chiffre in "Casino Royale," Gellert Grindelwald in "Fantastic Beasts: The Secrets of Dumbledore," Kaecilius in "Doctor Strange," and of course, the titular cannibal in NBC's "Hannibal." Voller's murderous enforcer, Klaber, will be played by Boyd Holbrook, another actor who specializes in scary roles, like the Reaver commander Donald Pierce in "Logan" and the Corinthian, the nightmare turned serial killer in "The Sandman."

In addition to these big names, Antonio Banderas of "Zorro" fame will show up in a cameo role. Plus, Toby Jones of "The Hunger Games" and "Captain America: The First Avenger" will play Basil, Helena's dad, who seems to be a Marcus Brody-type based on the trailer. The film also stars Shaunette Renée Wilson ("The Resident"), Thomas Kretschmann ("The Pianist"), and bodybuilder Olivier Ritchters.

Who is directing Indiana Jones and the Dial of Destiny?

When you think of "Indiana Jones," you first think of Harrison Ford. And next, you probably think of Steven Spielberg, the GOAT of action-adventure filmmaking. The celebrated director helmed the first four Indy films, and it's almost impossible to think of the franchise moving on without him. However, "Dial of Destiny" won't see Spielberg calling the shots. While he will remain as a producer, he won't be sitting in the director's chair, as he reportedly stepped away so a younger filmmaker take the reins.

However, don't worry — "Indiana Jones 5" is in the very capable hands of James Mangold, who might be the best choice after Spielberg to direct the film. After all, "Dial of Destiny" is supposedly about an aging Indy going on one last adventure before riding off into the sunset, and Mangold has already crafted a film dealing with similar themes. He co-wrote and directed "Logan," the swan song to 20th Century Fox's version of the Wolverine and one of the most critically acclaimed superhero films ever made.

In addition to "Logan," Mangold has helmed some seriously amazing films such as 2007's "3:10 to Yuma," the vastly underrated "Cop Land," the Johnny Cash biopic "Walk the Line," and the impressive sports drama "Ford v Ferrari." With those kinds of credentials, Mangold seems like the perfect person to send Indy off on one last adventure.

Who is composing the score for Dial of Destiny?

When it comes to film composers, there's none more famous than John Williams. Hum a classic movie theme song, and chances are good Williams wrote it. "Jaws," "Jurassic Park," "Star Wars," "E.T.," "Harry Potter, "Superman" — that's all Williams. The man even came up with the theme for the Olympics.

He's also responsible for the rousing score that accompanies Indiana Jones on each new adventure. And yes, he'll be back for "Dial of Destiny," composing a score that's sure to get the blood pumping as Indy travels the world and punches Nazis. Interestingly, at one point in time, Williams implied that "The Fabelmans" and "Dial of Destiny" would be his last projects before retiring (via the Associated Press). However, in January 2023, the cinematic legend walked those statements back, saying (via Entertainment Weekly), "I'll stick around for a while. I can't retire from music. A day without music is a mistake."

Is there a trailer for Indiana Jones 5?

The teaser for "Indiana Jones and the Dial of Destiny" dropped in December 2022 and promised all sorts of adventures for our aging hero. When the teaser starts, it seems Indy has been living the quiet life of a college professor. "I miss waking up every morning wondering what wonderful adventure the new day will bring us," his friend Sallah says. "Those days have come and gone," Indy replies.

But as it turns out, adventure isn't done with Dr. Jones just yet. As the teaser progresses, we see Indy picking up his whip, getting in a showdown atop a train, and exploring ruins filled with Greek statues. There's a de-aged Indy in a Nazi castle and an exciting chase at a ticker-tape parade for the Apollo 11 astronauts. All the while, Indy gives us his unique worldview, saying, "I don't believe in magic, but a few times in my life, I've seen things — things I can't explain. And I've come to believe it's not so much what you believe, it's how hard you believe."

We were treated to the official trailer in April 2023, which is scored to the Rolling Stones' "Sympathy for the Devil," showing that Indy is a man outside of time in the strange, new 1960s. Speaking of time, it's possible that might be a big part of the film, as Mads Mikkelsen's Voller explains why he wants to get his hands on the Dial of Destiny: "Hitler made mistakes, and with this, I will correct them all."

Will time travel be involved? Is that why so many people want the Dial? Not only are the Nazis after it, not only is Indy trying to get it, but it also looks like his goddaughter, Helena, has an agenda of her own, as she's also trying to get her hands on the artifact. This prompts a three-way chase across the world, complete with undersea exploration and aerial action, all in the pursuit for something "that could change the course of history."

Is Dial of Destiny the last time Harrison Ford will play Indiana Jones?

Sure, Harrison Ford is a legend, but he's just a mortal who ages like the rest of us (so much for the Holy Grail). The man is 80 years old, and he can't be running around beating up Nazis forever. We thought he might hang the hat up for good after "Kingdom of the Crystal Skull," but now, this really does look like Indiana Jones' final archaeological adventure.

Speaking to Total Film in April 2023, Ford said, "This is the final film in the series, and this is the last time I'll play the character. I anticipate that it will be the last time that he appears in a film." Granted, that final line might be a bit naive on Ford's part. If Hollywood can find a way to reboot the franchise or start a prequel series, they will. However, we do indeed believe this is the last time we see Harrison Ford as Indy — and no, we're not crying. That's just the dust from all those ancient artifacts getting in our eyes.

How will Indiana Jones and the Dial of Destiny use de-aging technology?

De-aging technology is a great tool, but it's always been a bit ... wonky. Sure, "The Irishman" is a fantastic movie, and Robert De Niro's performance is mind-blowing, but those scenes where he's a younger man? Sure, great stuff — but it just looks weird.

However, it appears "Dial of Destiny" is taking de-aging technology to the next level. While most of the movie will be set during the end of the '60s, the opening act will take place during World War II. This segment will reportedly run for a whopping 25 minutes, which means director James Mangold must have a ton of faith in the de-aging tech if we're going to be looking at an aged-down Harrison Ford for nearly half an hour.

"It was incredible technology," the director told Total Film, going on to add, "The goal was to give the audience a full-bodied taste of what they missed so much." From the clips we've seen of the opening action sequence, Ford looks pretty fantastic — better even than highlight examples of de-aging such as Sean Young in "Blade Runner 2049" or Kurt Russell in "Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2."

And evidently, that jump from the 1940s to the 1960s is going to be key to the story. We're hopping from an era when it was clear who the bad guys were to an era where everything is way more complicated. That never-ending march of time will be heavily felt here, with Mangold telling The Hollywood Reporter, "It's not just a movie about a hero in his twilight years who is called back into action. It's more than just that his bones might ache, it's that his soul might ache, or that some of his optimism or sense fitting into the world might have evaporated."

Plus, Indy will be dealing with a body that's much older and creakier than before. Slugging bad guys in the face isn't going to be as easy as it once was, with Mangold saying the de-aging sequence "reminds the audience of the contrast between a hero in his physical prime and a hero at 70. We're not relying solely on the audience's memory of the previous films. It reminds everyone what he's done, what he's survived, what he's accomplished. By showing him in his most hearty and then finding him at 70 in New York City, it produces for the audience a kind of wonderful whiplash of how they're going to have to readjust and retool their brains for this guy."

Where to watch the previous Indiana Jones movies

"Indiana Jones and the Dial of Destiny" will most likely serve as the final adventure for Harrison Ford. It's also bringing back Sallah from the first and third films, and who knows what other references and secret characters from the past might appear? If you want to brush up on your Indiana Jones knowledge or perhaps just celebrate his long, exciting career, now would be a great time to check out the other installments in the series.

One of the best action movies of all time, "Raiders of the Lost Ark" introduced us all to Indy, his fear of snakes, his fondness for beating up Nazis, and his quest for mystical relics. You can stream the first film on Paramount+, or you can rent it for $3.99 on Amazon VideoApple iTunesGoogle Play, YouTube, and Vudu.

The controversial second installment, "Temple of Doom," takes Dr. Jones to India, where he teams up with the adorable Short Round and the annoying Willie Scott in a quest to find the Sankara stones and deal with an evil cult. The film can be streamed on Paramount+ or rented for $3.99 on Amazon VideoApple iTunesGoogle Play, YouTube, and Vudu.

"The Last Crusade" — which turned out not to be the last, after all — introduced Sean Connery as Indy's delightful, if neglectful, father, forcing the dad and son duo to find the Holy Grail before the Nazis can. The third movie in the franchise can be streamed on Paramount+ or rented for $3.99 on Amazon VideoApple iTunes, Google Play, YouTube, and Vudu.

Lastly, "Kingdom of the Crystal Skull" might not be a fan-favorite, but it definitely has enough charm and fun Indy moments to deserve a watch. The fourth movie can be streamed on Paramount+ or rented for $3.99 on Apple iTunesAmazon VideoGoogle Play, YouTube, and Vudu.

Where was Indiana Jones and the Dial of Destiny filmed?

As early as 2018, "Indiana Jones and the Dial of Destiny" committed to an international landscape in filming Indy's final adventure. Though "Kingdom of the Crystal Skull" was largely shot in the United States, James Mangold's installment switched things up. According to Deadline, principal photography began in the United Kingdom back in 2021, filming at Pinewood Studios, Bamburgh Castle, and other locations around London. The Yorkshire Post likewise reported that the production had set up near Grosmont in the North Yorkshire area. Eventually, filming moved over to Scotland, where a motorcycle chase was shot in a small village in the Scottish Highlands. Later, the production transformed downtown Glasgow into 1960s New York City, as seen in the film's trailer.

Other filming locations included Sicily – namely a few caves and national parks, such as the Ear of Dionysius — and eventually Fez, Morocco, where filming concluded in early 2022. With so many different global locations, it seems like "Indiana Jones and the Dial of Destiny" will follow suit from previous outings with Indiana Jones traversing the globe in search of mythical treasure. Though we don't know exactly what the Dial of Destiny is, it seems to have an interesting history that will no doubt reveal itself via Indy's latest location scouts. What a way for Harrison Ford to retire his most famous character, by likewise traveling the world.

Who wrote Indiana Jones and the Dial of Destiny?

The fifth "Indiana Jones" film has been in development for a long time. As early as the 1970s, George Lucas and Steven Spielberg hoped to tell five different stories about the globe-trotting adventurer, and after having waited so long to make "Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull," it seemed as if there would never be another one made. Following the 2008 sequel, Lucas began researching possible story ideas. While working through potential concepts, Lucas remarked that Spielberg was stuck "in the past," and that he hoped to usher Indy into the future. The project was stuck in development for years before Lucas sold Lucasfilm to Disney, who hoped to revive the series without Lucas.

At that point, Spielberg and "Kingdom of the Crystal Skull" writer David Koepp began working on the script for what would eventually become "Dial of Destiny." By 2018, Spielberg was preoccupied with other projects, and Koepp was replaced by "Solo" writer Jonathan Kasdan, the son of "Raiders of the Lost Ark" scribe Lawrence Kasdan, before returning quickly thereafter. Eventually, IGN reported that Spielberg's "Indiana Jones 5" failed because the director, Harrison Ford, and Disney couldn't all agree on the script. Finally, director James Mangold took the helm, and things seemed to be back on track. Mangold re-wrote Koepp's "Indiana Jones" script alongside his "Ford v Ferrari" writers Jez Butterworth and John-Henry Butterworth, with all four men receiving final "written by" credits.

Is George Lucas still involved?

Following the sale of Lucasfilm, George Lucas distanced himself from both "Star Wars" and "Indiana Jones." After Disney failed to use his treatments for the "Star Wars" sequel trilogy, Lucas' involvement in his famous space opera has been essentially non-existent. Aside from visiting the set of "The Mandalorian," Lucas has effectively bid his former glories goodbye. But while Lucas wrote and directed "Star Wars" during his time as a filmmaker, he never actually wrote an "Indiana Jones" movie. Instead, he helped craft the story for each film, served as a producer, and worked closely with Spielberg to make sure their shared vision became a reality. While Lucas' involvement in the fifth "Indiana Jones" film has been diminished following his sale to Disney, he's still in the loop.

According to James Mangold, both Steven Spielberg and George Lucas are involved with "Indiana Jones and the Dial of Destiny." While they may not be in the director's chair or receiving any story credit, these two filmmaking giants just had to be included in another "Indiana Jones" picture — especially the final one. Serving as executive producers, Spielberg and Lucas have continued to help curate Hollywood's most famous archeologist from afar, which is a comforting thought, given all the changes Disney has made to a Lucas-less "Star Wars" over the years. If they trust Mangold to deliver a killer "Indiana Jones" picture, then none of us should be worried about whatever destiny befalls our fedora-sporting hero.

How does Steven Spielberg feel about Dial of Destiny?

After directing the last four "Indiana Jones" pictures, one can't help but wonder how Steven Spielberg feels about "Indiana Jones and the Dial of Destiny." As the primary visionary for the character, whose works have become hallmarks of Hollywood ingenuity and creativity, a Spielberg-less "Indiana Jones" movie is something that's sort of impossible to even imagine. Of course, the filmmaker is still involved in the production and serves as an executive producer alongside George Lucas, but he isn't working as closely with series star Harrison Ford this time around. But regardless of his time (or lack thereof) on set, Spielberg is still the authority on all things "Indiana Jones," which makes his thoughts on James Mangold's "Dial of Destiny" all the more exciting.

"When the lights came up I just turned to the group and said, 'Damn! I thought I was the only one who knew how to make one of these," Spielberg told Variety after watching the film at a Disney executive screening. "Everybody loved the movie. It's really, really a good 'Indiana Jones' film. I'm really proud of what [Mangold] has done with it." That's high praise coming from the man who, before this, singlehandedly directed all of the character's biggest on-screen adventures. With Spielberg on board, our hopes for "Indiana Jones and the Dial of Destiny" have only gotten higher, giving this installment the potential for this to be one of the best of the five-part series.

Will Short Round return?

With Indy's favorite Egyptian excavator Sallah returning for "Indiana Jones and the Dial of Destiny," many have wondered if other fan favorites might return for this final installment as well. Among the most requested is Ke Huy Quan's Short Round, a character he played in 1984's "Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom." Before this past year, Quan was possibly best known for his work as Short Round and Data in "The Goonies," which was released the following year. In 2022, Quan rose to international stardom after the success of the multiversal drama "Everything Everywhere All at Once," where he played Waymond Wang, which earned him an Academy Award for "Best Supporting Actor." After all these years, Quan is doing well for himself.

Though Quan and Harrison Ford shared a tearful "Temple of Doom" reunion at Disney's D23 convention in 2022, the actor has insisted that he is not returning as Short Round for "Dial of Destiny." "I want to say [I'll be in it], but no," Quan told ET when discussing his potential return. "Here's the thing. I don't want to disappoint the fans. I've joked about it all the time, but reuniting with Harrison after 38 years, that was very special." With this being Harrison Ford's final adventure as Indiana Jones, and Quan unlikely to reprise his role as Short Round in a spin-off venture, it seems as if fans are going to have to settle for the off-screen reunion between these two stars.

Will Marion Ravenwood appear?

As Indy's original love interest, Karen Allen's Marion Ravenwood is the only recurring female character in the "Indiana Jones" chronology. First appearing in "Raiders of the Lost Ark," Marion and Dr. Jones have a steamy romantic history, and upon being reunited, they resume their previous affairs — at least, for a while. Since the sequel, "Temple of Doom," took place a year before the events of the first film, and "The Last Crusade" focused primarily on Indy's relationship with his father, Marion was written out of the next two sequels entirely. That is, until "Kingdom of the Crystal Skull," where Allen appears with their son and manages to finally put a ring on the elderly archeologist's finger.

When Spielberg and Lucas first began developing the fifth "Indiana Jones" film, Allen expressed initial interest in returning as Marion once again. "I mean, we're married now, so it would be difficult, I think, to move forward without her," the actress told MovieWebb in 2011. But ever since, there has been no official comment regarding Allen or Marion's inclusion in "Dial of Destiny." Though director James Mangold has confirmed that we'll learn more about what happened to her and Indy's son Mutt Williams in the sequel, we've heard nothing more on the status of Indy's wife. With Allen seemingly radio silent on the upcoming film, one can only speculate that the "Raiders" star may show up in the final chapter after all.

How is Paramount Pictures involved?

For nearly 30 years, the "Indiana Jones" series was distributed by motion picture giant Paramount Pictures after Spielberg and Lucas made a deal for five "Indiana Jones" pictures with the distributor. The famed mountain logo has appeared at the beginning of each "Indy" flick, from 1981's "Raiders of the Lost Ark" through 2008's "Kingdom of the Crystal Skull," and has become somewhat synonymous with Harrison Ford's globetrotting adventures. Of course, nothing in Hollywood is eternal, and after Lucasfilm sold to the Walt Disney Company in 2012, Paramount's involvement in any future "Indiana Jones" installments was subject to change — and change it did.

Though Paramount retained their initial distribution rights for the first four films in the series (hence why all four "Indiana Jones" films are currently available on Paramount+ and not Disney+), the House of Mouse owns distribution rights to any future films made. While "Indiana Jones and the Dial of Destiny" is a co-production between Lucasfilm and Disney — the first "Indiana Jones" film not solely produced by Lucasfilm, Ltd. – Paramount Pictures has received an "associate credit" on the latest "Indy" picture, with an undisclosed "financial participation" as well. How this all works behind the scenes is something of a mystery, but it's clear that the cooperation between Disney and Paramount has only helped "Indiana Jones" going forward. Still, replacing the snow-capped mountain with the Disneyland castle will be hard to adjust to.

How does this fit into the Indiana Jones timeline?

Unlike most action films, the "Indiana Jones" pictures weren't released strictly in chronological order. While "Indiana Jones and the Dial of Destiny" is the final feature in the "Indiana Jones" saga, parts of it fit between some of Indy's other adventures. The first film (chronologically) on the Indy timeline is "Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom," which takes place in 1935. Only a year later, the events of "Raiders of the Lost Ark" unfold, which see Indy and Marion fight a bunch of Nazis in search of the Old Testament relic, the Ark of the Covenant. A few years after that, in 1939, "Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade" takes place, but not before a flashback to Indy's time as a youth (played by River Phoenix) set in 1912. This is as far back as the feature films venture.

Though released in 2008, "Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull" takes place in 1957, during the Cold War. Here, an older Indy finds his long-lost son Mutt, marries Marion, and discovers the existence of extraterrestrials — sorry, interdimensionals. Though there will be flashbacks to 1944 — set over a decade before "Kingdom of the Crystal Skull" and five years after "The Last Crusade" — the majority of "Indiana Jones and the Dial of Destiny" is set in 1969. This will be the furthest forward Indy has ever ventured into the 20th century.

Will Dial of Destiny be Indy's Logan?

Described by director James Mangold as "a hero at sunset," Indy's fifth and final big-screen adventure is his swan song, and while that's sad on some level, there's plenty of mystery and excitement attached to that statement. Possibly best known for directing the final two installments of Fox's "Wolverine" trilogy, Mangold is no stranger to telling an action hero's final tale. The 2017 film "Logan" closed the book on Hugh Jackman's long-running X-Man — at least, until Marvel Studios opened it up again — and told the definitive Wolverine story for a generation. Here, fans are anxious to see if "Indiana Jones and the Dial of Destiny" will follow the same tone, and effectively be Indy's "Logan" story.

"What does the hero do when the world no longer has a place for him?" Mangold asked Entertainment Weekly rhetorically. "I find it really interesting to try to look at classical heroes through the prism of our jaundiced contemporary attitudes." The director went on to compare "Dial of Destiny" and "Logan," but reassured fans that his latest film's tone would remain faithfully "Indy." "I am under no illusions that my job making an 'Indiana Jones' film was to suddenly beat the humor out of it and turn it into some kind of dirge," he continued, emphasizing that "this is an 'Indiana Jones' film" and not another installment to the "X-Men" universe. Thankfully, Mangold seems to understand Indy's grizzled humor enough to keep it intact.

What's next for the Indiana Jones franchise?

After Disney bought Lucasfilm in 2012, fans wondered how the House of Mouse might continue the "Indiana Jones" franchise. While "Star Wars" has been Disney's primary priority following the buy-out, projects like "Indiana Jones and the Dial of Destiny" and the Disney+ series "Willow" prove that there's more to Lucasfilm's catalog than the famed space opera. After "Dial of Destiny" was greenlit and it was announced that this would be Harrison Ford's last outing as the action hero, many speculated that Disney would attempt to reboot "Indiana Jones" through a series of prequels. For a while, it looked like that might be a possibility.

In 2022, Variety reported that a prequel series set before the events of "Raiders of the Lost Ark" (and probably "Temple of Doom") was in the works at Disney+, but by 2023, other sources implied that the series — which would've been the first Indy prequel since "The Young Indiana Jones Chronicles" — had been scrapped entirely. In April 2023, ScreenRant reported that "Indiana Jones and the Dial of Destiny" would close out the "Indiana Jones" franchise for good. While this news seems pretty final, recent years have proven that nothing is permanent in Hollywood, and while we shouldn't expect a reboot any time soon, it would be surprising if Disney and Lucasfilm opted never to return to "Indiana Jones" in the future.