Indiana Jones 5 director James Mangold hints at when the sequel is set, and it appears Harrison Ford’s next adventure will be in the 1960s.
Indiana Jones 5 director James Mangold hints at a 1960s setting for Harrison Ford’s sequel. The original Indiana Jones trilogy from Steven Spielberg gave Ford’s adventurer what seemed to be a great send-off at the time. However, after Lucasfilm brought the character back for Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull, many wanted to see a better swan song for the franchise. After several years of development, Indiana Jones 5 is currently moving forward.
Spielberg originally planned to return to direct the final installment of this iteration of the Indiana Jones franchise. However, the legendary director stepped away from the project in 2020, resulting in Disney and Lucasfilm hiring Logan’s James Mangold to take over. He’s been working on Indiana Jones 5 for nearly a year, but there is not much known about his vision for it. The sequel has a summer 2022 release date rapidly approaching, though, and now it appears Mangold has teased when Indiana Jones 5 takes place.
In a recent tweet admiring the rock band The Velvet Underground, Mangold mentioned that he’s mentally living in the 1960s right now. The reason for this is because all of the projects he is working on at the moment take place in that time period. Even though Mangold didn’t specifically say Indiana Jones 5 by name, it is his next movie. This should confirm that the movie will be set sometime during the 1960s.
Indiana Jones 5 being set in the 1960s shouldn’t come as too big of a surprise. Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull takes place in 1957, so having the next film pick up at least a few years later makes sense considering how much time has passed in the real world. By the time Indiana Jones 5 comes out, it will have been fourteen years since Indy’s last adventure. Ford was 64 at the time of production on the last film, and he’ll be almost 80 by the time Indiana Jones 5 is released. If the real-world gap is any indication, it seems Indiana Jones 5 could be set right near the end of the 1960s.
With Indiana Jones 5 seemingly heading for the 1960s, it will be intriguing to see how Mangold weaves elements of the times into Indy’s last film. Of course, the element of Indiana Jones 5 that most fans are curious about is how it will end Indiana Jones’ story. Mangold has already shown a tremendous ability to give an iconic movie character a fitting franchise ending, so Indiana Jones 5 could follow in Logan’s footsteps in that regard. But, whether or not that means killing the character or including setup for a passing of the baton remains to be seen.