Ever watched a movie that has an Indiana Jones-like feel and yet it doesn't star Harrison Ford as Indiana Jones. It's a period archaeological adventure movie and yet, "this movie needs more Indiana Jones." Well, maybe it should. I picked out a dozen movies that deserve to have Dr. Jones in it.
Young Indiana Jones and The Fifth Element:
1914: A young Henry Jones, Jr. is there when Professor Pacoli, the world's eminent Egyptologist, and his artistic assistant Billy discover an incredible temple in the heart of Egypt with hieroglyphics describing a great evil. They are interrupted by a priest and mysterious-looking aliens, who just landed a gigantic spaceship in the sand next to the pyramid.
These aliens tell of an invasion of Earth by the ultimate evil--in about 500 years. According to these aliens, the Mondoshawans, only the Fifth Element can save all of mankind. One of the aliens, trapped by a heavy door, tells Henry and the priest that:
"The only weapon capable of defeating a great evil that appears every 5,000 years. The weapon consists of four stones, representing the four classical elements, and a sarcophagus containing a fifth element in the form of a human, which combines the power of the other four elements into a divine light capable of defeating the evil. The Mondoshawans promise...that they will come back with the element stones in time to stop the great evil when it returns (Wikipedia)."
Indiana Jones must help protect these stones! Along with the priest, he makes a vow to watch over these stones so that the world can one day be saved.
Young Indiana Jones and the Curse of the Mummy:
In 1926, Archaeology student Henry “Indiana” Jones, Jr. goes to Cairo, Egypt in search of the missing city of Hamunaptra, the mythical Egyptian City of the Dead. While in Cairo, he meets up with his fellow student, aspiring Egyptologist and librarian Evelyn Carnahan. The two find a map, thanks to Evelyn’s brother Jonathan winning it in a poker game. Pursued by another archaeology team, the trio makes their way to Hamunaptra.
There they awaken Imhotep, a priest cursed to be a living dead mummy. Death, plagues and destruction follow before Evie is kidnapped by Imhotep. Indiana Jones must go and rescue her from the clutches of a mummy and death!
Young Indiana Jones and the Mystery of the Stargate:
We begin in 1928 when Indiana Jones and Professor Langford discover a massive stone ring buried in the sand in Giza, Egypt. The ring is covered with strange Egyptian-like hieroglyphs that Indy figures out is a primitive star-chart. They just discovered a way off the planet Earth.
Indy and company soon discover that alien beings have been masquerading as Egyptian gods centuries ago. And one god, Ra, has returned. Can Indy and his military crew fight off a powerful alien and free a planet? And still make it home?
Indiana Jones vs. The Scorpion King:
1933: Well, at least it's not snakes. Indiana Jones again is with Evelyn Carnahan in Thebes, excavating an undiscovered Egyptian temple. While discovering the tomb of a Pharaoh known as the Scorpion King, they find the legendary Bracelet of Anubis. Indy's ward Short Round puts the bracelet on and finds he has only days to get to the Scorpion King's pyramid. They are pursued in this journey by followers of Imhotep, who have reawakened the Mummy Indy fought years ago.
Indy and his companions battle different sorts of mummies once again, including pygmy ones guarding the pyramid. Once at the Scorpion King's pyramid, Indy must fight Imhotep for control of an immortal army. And the Scorpion King...
Indiana Jones and the Ghosts of Central Park:
Ivor Shandor was an architect in New York City. In 1922 he determined that society was "too sick to survive" and began to construct a building in Central Park that would become known as "Spook Central." He worshiped Gozer the SUmerian God and killed many people in sacrifice to his god. His building, located at 55 Central Park West, was an architectural mess. According to modern experts:
(Dr. Ray) Stantz described the roof as having been "fabricated with a magnesium-tungsten alloy." Stantz goes on to note that the building has "cold-riveted girders with cores of pure selenium". Egon Spengler further describes the building's "roof cap" as "exactly like the kind of telemetry tracker NASA uses to identify dead pulsars in deep space.". When Peter Venkman remarks "they don't build 'em like they used to," Stantz retorts "the architect was either a certified genius or an authentic wacko." Stantz describes the skyscraper as a superconductive antenna for "pulling in and concentrating spiritual turbulence (Ghostbusters Wiki)."
They say he conducted sick rituals on the roof, and even placed a live human in the cornerstone of the building for a sacrifice to Gozer. He was electrocuted at Sing Sing Prison after he tried to kidnap a teenage girl. His apartment (in his own building) apparently had body parts all over it.
10 years later, Indiana Jones was called to the Homefront during WWII by the OSS (WWII precursor to the CIA) to investigate the building as an archaeologist. It corresponds with an uptick of supernatural (read: ghostly) activity in New York City at the time.
Indiana Jones and the Carpathian
As an archaeologist, Dr. Jones worked closely with the Manhattan Museum of Art's specialists and was asked for his opinion regarding a painting that had been purchased at auction by the estate of Ivor Shandor. The painting, Indy discovers, is that of Prince Vigo the Carpathian.
"It was said he was a powerful magician and a genius in many ways, as well as a tyrant, an autocrat, a lunatic and a genocidal madman. Because of his evil ways he wasn't well liked by his subjects and he killed hundreds of them. He was also known as "Vigo the Cruel," "Vigo the Torturer," "Vigo the Despised," and "Vigo the Unholy." He eventually died at the age of 105 in 1610, but not because of his old age. His people had led a rebellion and they tried and executed him in a manner that they saw fit for his rule. He was poisoned, shot, stabbed, hung, stretched, disemboweled, drawn and quartered (Ghostbusters Wiki)."
He soon discovers "mood slime" that flows through New York, and fights powerful spirits and demons who serve Vigo. He eventually finds himself at the Museum, staring down the painting of Vigo himself.
During the War, Dr. Jones is once again called on by a colleague, a Dr. Walsh, to help him out with an interesting archaeological situation. Dr. Indiana Jones flies to Astoria, Oregon--an small town on the US coast. Once there, Walsh shows Indy a doubloon and a treasure map that corresponds with a pirate legend--items he found in his own attic, left to him by a distant relative. It seems that a hundred years before, a pirate named One-Eyed Willie hid out nearby, his ship full of stolen gold treasure. Unable to resist the call of the treasure, Indy and Walsh encounter booby traps, pirate danger and recently escaped gangsters.
Captain America: First Avenger
It all started with one line:
"...And the Führer digs for trinkets in the desert (Red Skull, Captain America: The First Avenger)."
The Red Skull is referencing Hitler's quest for the Lost Ark in the first Indy movie, showing that the universes may be connected.
Once again during WWII, Indiana Jones, a OSS agent working independently for the Allies, meets up again with Nazis. He is temporarily assiged to the Strategic Scientific Services division and their fight against a rogue Nazi science wing called HYDRA. Their leader, the Red Skull, has found a supposedly all-powerful weapon in Norway and wants to use it to destroy the world. This is where Indy comes in. He meets up with the SSR's newest weapon, Captain America and his Howling Commandos. With all of them working together, can they defeat the Red Skull and his Tesseract?
Indiana Jones in Big Trouble in Little China
During the middle of the war, Indiana was asked to come to San Francisco by the newly-found Chinese family of his ward and companion, Short Round. Once there, he soon becomes embroiled in a scheme millennia in the making. Evil Chinese sorcerer Lo Pan is looking for a green-eyed girl so that he may become flesh again after being cursed centuries earlier. Indiana gets involved with a green-eyed lawyer named Gracie Law but she is kidnapped by Lo Pan and his henchmen. Going with Short Round and the rest of his Chang Sing family, Indiana Jones confronts Lo Pan.
As Indy is fond of saying: "It's all in the reflexes."
Indiana Jones and the Boy from Hell
In 1944, Indiana Jones was on loan to the new BPRD, the Bureau for Paranormal Research and Defense and it's founder--and Indy's colleague at Marshall College, Professor Trevor Bruttenholm. In 1944, the BPRD learned that the Nazi's occult arm, under the leadership of Gregori Rasputin, was building a dimensional portal on a deserted island in Scotland. They intend to release a monstrous demon named the Ogdru Jahad in order to destroy the world (and maybe lead the Nazis to apocalyptic world domination). After an intervention by Indy and the rest of the BPRD, the portal was closed, Rasputin believed dead, and the world temporarily safe. They found out that a baby demon with a stone hand came thorugh the portal. They nicknamed him Hellboy and was to be raised by Professor Bruttenholm. Indiana Jones would also play a role in the development of this unusual child.
Indiana Jones and the Gremlins
Some 50 years before Gremlins would overrun the small town of Kingston Falls, Gremlins would plague American warships throughout WWII.
"You got-you gotta watch out for them foreigners 'cuz they plant gremlins in their machinery...It's the same gremlins that brought down our planes in the big one...Y'know their still shippin' them over here. They put em in cars, they put em in yer tv. They put em in stereos and those little radios you stick in your ears. They even put em in watches, they have teeny gremlins for our watches (Murray Futterman, Gremlins)!"
And it was in this setting that Indiana Jones would confront first the Mogwai (an American serviceman named Pelzer won it in a poker game with a Chinese man who mysteriously showed up on base), and later the more evil incarnation of Gremlins.
The three rules of owning a Mogwai:
"First of all, keep him out of the light, he hates bright light, especially sunlight, it'll kill him. Second, don't give him any water, not even to drink. But the most important rule, the rule you can never forget, no matter how much he cries, no matter how much he begs, never feed him after midnight (Chinese boy, Gremlins)."
Indiana Jones and the Pandorica
The mystery of the cube known as the Pandorica has puzzled archaeologists and scientists for centuries. Including Professor Henry "Indiana" Jones, Jr. In between missions for the OSS and archaeological digs, he couldn't pass up a chance to see the famous Pandorica in England. He first heard of the mysterious artifact from his father decades earlier:
"According to legend, wherever the Pandorica was taken, throughout its long history, the Centurion would be there, guarding it. He appears as an iconic image in the artwork of many cultures, and there are several documented accounts of his appearances and his warnings to the many who attempted to open the box before its time. His last recorded appearance was during the London Blitz in 1941. The warehouse where the Pandorica was stored was destroyed by incendiary bombs, but the box itself was found the next morning, a safe distance from the blaze. There are eyewitness accounts from the night of the fire of a figure in Roman dress, carrying the box from the flames. Since then, there have been no sightings of the Lone Centurion, and many have speculated that if he ever existed, he perished in the fires of that night, performing one last act of devotion to the box he had pledged to protect for nearly 2,000 years (Tumblr)."
Indiana did, in fact, confront the soldier known as the Last Centurion the night of the warehouse bombing in London, England. The "man" with a modern British accent but Roman dress. While he wouldn't go into detail about the contents of the box, he guarded it with the passion of somebody who loved the person inside it. Impressed by the Centurion's bravery, he helped him drag the Pandorica out of the burning warehouse.
Indiana Jones also tried to cozy up to the archaeologist that was studying the Pandorica at the time, Professor River Song. She seemed to be immune to the patented Jones charm.