Indiana Jones 5 Ending Will Send Character Into the Sunset, Again

Indy on a boat.

Brand new image from Indiana Jones 5.
Image: Lucasfilm/Empire

If you thought Indiana Jones married Marion Ravenwood and living with their son Mutt was the end, think again. The team behind it Indiana Jones 5 didn’t see that as something that would attract the iconic cinema star, and that became the focus of the new film, out June 30, 2023.

Talk to Empire (which also showed the new look on the film seen above, also like two new covers), Indy himself, Harrison Ford, said he wanted more closure for his signature character, which is part of why he came back. “I thought it would be nice to see one where Indiana Jones was at the end of his journey,” said Ford. “If a script came along I felt it gave me a way to extend the character.”

Director James Mangold co-wrote the script in question (along with Jez and John-Henry Butterworth) and explained that the focus of the film would be precisely: bcall Indy to the end. “It became very important to me to figure out how to make this a film about a hero at sunset,” says Mangold. “The issues I raised about Indy’s age were not things I thought were covered in the material that was being developed at the time. There were ‘old’ jokes, but the material itself wasn’t about it. To me, whatever your biggest liability is, you should fly straight towards that. If you try to pretend it’s not there, you’ll get slings and arrows all the way.”

Of course, those quotes explain absolutely nothing about the story itself. What is Indy going after, if Marion or Mutt is still around, who exactly is Phoebe Waller-Bridge playing, all that good stuff. But to hear Ford tell it, that’s all eventually go to work. “It’s full of adventure, full of laughter, full of real emotion. And it’s complicated and it’s sneaky,” said Ford Empire. “The shoot was hard and long and arduous,” he said. “But I’m very happy with the film we have.”

We are sure to learn more next week when The full edition of Empire is released. Indiana Jones 5 (which, yes, still goes by that title for now) out June 30, 2023.

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