Indiana Jones 5 is set to hit theaters in 2022 and fans are speculating on the future of the franchise after Harrison Ford finishes his final Indiana Jones flick. While the underachieving Indiana Jones and the Crystal Skull laid groundwork for Henry ‘Mutt’ Williams (Shia LaBeouf) to inherit the fedora, LaBeouf’s negative commentary on the film and Steven Spielberg burnt that bridge. David Koepp, the Indiana Jones 5 scriptwriter, confirms neither Mutt nor LaBeouf will be included. So who can carry on the franchize? And how will we meet them?
Short Round’s Kids
Indiana was a father figure to one other young man, and his name is Short Round (Jonathan Ke Quan). He was a fan favorite in Indiana Jones Temple of Doom and the young Shanghai pickpocket-turned-sidekick stole hearts with his charm and quick wit. In the film, Short Round was 27 years younger than Dr. Jones and if he were to appear in the new film then Short Round, Mr. Round if you will, would be a middle-aged man who may have children. We could see Indiana Jones as an unofficial uncle (or grandfather?) to some bright young kids who can lead the action-adventure franchise to new heights.
Remy Baudouin’s Kids
Fans of The Young Indiana Jones Chronicles TV series will remember Remy Baudouin (Ronny Coutteure), the softhearted Belg who accompanied Indy for most of the ‘War Years’. He made his first appearance in “Spring Break Adventure” when Indiana Jones and Remy met as prisoners of Pancho Villa in the Mexican Revolution and fought alongside Indy throughout WWI. Since they were similar ages, Remy could introduce Indy to his children or grandchildren. To compliment new characters, the on-screen charisma between these old-time brothers-in-arms has a lot of potential benefit to the film. Closing Indy’s era by calling back to his youth could prove to be the perfect send off.
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Grad Student of Dr. Jones
Dr. Jones is getting older, and considering his illustrious career achievements he would certainly have graduate students wanting to learn from him. So, to introduce a new character worthy of succeeding the fedora Dr. Jones could take his favorite grad student on his adventure. They would be an experienced academic, knowledgeable in archaeology, and familiar with Indy’s eccentricities. It would make this young woman or man the perfect person to hand off a franchise.
It’s easy to forget but Dr. Indiana Jones is a professor of archaeology. Realistically, most tenured professors will pursue their own research (not artifact hunting) with organized digs. Indiana isn’t most professors, but maybe he’s settled down in his old age. Archaeology usually involves a considerable amount of digging and local workers, like the Sallah’s Egyptian team, make up the majority of the labor. Should Dr. Jones oversee a dig site, he could befriend a new character who is A. and archaeologist B. knowledgeable in the region and C. a blank slate for whoever the producers want to cast. The next face of an international adventure could be anyone.
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