Earlier this year, it was announced that Spielberg would be directing the fifth film of the Indiana Jones franchise. With Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull having received poor reviews, audiences had hoped that the franchise wouldn’t end on a bitter note. Fans were none too pleased with the story, including Shia Labeouf's performance as Indy’s son. The film also received much scrutiny due to the sheer amount of unnecessary CGI footage, particularly the ants and the swinging monkey’s.
The film as a whole wasn’t very good. It was a big disappointment for this franchise. Most people want to erase this film from existence, but alas we are essentially stuck with it. However, the bitterness can subside if Indy 5 is any indication.
Steven Spielberg who is arguably the greatest movie director of all time, was asked a very important question by The Hollywood Reporter, in relation to the fate of Harrison Ford’s character of Indiana Jones. When asked if Spielberg planned on killing off the iconic character, he responded saying,
“The one thing I will tell you is, I’m not killing off Harrison [Ford] at the end of it.”
Well there’s your answer everyone! No need to fear, because Indiana Jones won’t be killed off in his latest film. This shouldn’t be too much of a surprise to some fans. Sure Han Solo’s character perished in Star Wars: The Force Awakens, but Indiana Jones’s legacy will live on.
However, this doesn’t mean the character won’t be retired in any way. After all, his son was introduced in Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull, so there’s reason to believe that someone will eventually take up the mantle of our whip-wielding hero.
Is This A Smart Decision By Spielberg?
Absolutely. Do we honestly wish to witness yet another death by a beloved Harrison Ford character? With Han Solo’s death being a crux for later installments, I don’t see how taking Indiana Jones’s life would make any sense whatsoever. They could pull an Agent Carter situation here. She was well-known and praised by many, but eventually died of old age. But frankly, that would be too much of a cop-out.
I would be quite alright for Spielberg to make one final Indiana Jones film starring Harrison Ford. At least this could end Indy’s miraculous adventure on a higher note. I mean, it can’t possibly be as bad as the last one can it? I am holding out hope that this new (final?) Indiana Jones movie will bring us back to what made Indy so great. The practical effects, the gravitas of Ford’s character, and the writing sorely lacked in his previous iteration. Indy needs to set off into the sunset one last time. Spielberg, don’t let me down.
Are you excited for Indiana Jones 5, knowing he will make it out alive? I’d like to hear what you have to say in the comment section below!
Sources: The Hollywood Reporter