Call­ing Dr Jones

In­di­ana Jones is back on the big screen in 2019. SFX un­earths five leg­endary trea­sures for our whip- wield­ing hero to hunt…

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Indy 5 is com­ing, but what trea­sure will the man in the fe­dora be hunt­ing?

IN­DI­ANA JONES and the SA­CRED SPEAR

The Spear of Des­tiny is a po­tent mythic ob­ject in the Judeo- Chris­tian tra­di­tion of the lost Ark and the Holy Grail. Owned by a Ro­man cen­tu­rion named as Long­i­nus in the apoc­ryphal Gospel of Ni­code­mus, it’s the lance that pierced the side of Je­sus dur­ing the cru­ci­fix­ion. A sen­sa­tion­al­ist 1973 book by Trevor Raven­scroft claimed Hitler was ob­sessed with this New Tes­ta­ment trea­sure, a relic with the power to ex­ert a sin­is­ter in­flu­ence on mankind’s des­tiny.

IN­DI­ANA JONES and the QUEST FOR THE LAST GOD­DESS

Athena Parthenos was a tow­er­ing statue of the Greek god­dess of art and rea­son, cre­ated from gold, jew­els and carved ivory. The most mag­nif­i­cent cult im­age in an­cient Athens, it van­ished from his­tor­i­cal record, just like the Ark of the Covenant ( one ac­count last places it in 10th cen­tury Con­stantino­ple). Greek mythol­ogy would be fresh and thrilling ter­ri­tory for Indy – just imag­ine Spiel­berg homag­ing all those great old Har­ry­hausen films – and the sun- struck Mediter­ranean land­scapes could be a daz­zling back­drop.

IN­DI­ANA JONES and the SWORD OF CAMELOT

Ex­cal­ibur, the fa­bled sword of King Arthur, might be the arte­fact that fi­nally lures Indy to Bri­tish shores. Cel­e­brated in 12th cen­tury verse as “the finest sword that there was, which sliced through iron as through wood”, the en­chanted blade was en­trusted to Arthur by Nini­anne, the Lady in the Lake, and pos­sessed the power to blind one’s en­e­mies. Its mag­i­cal scab­bard was also said to pre­vent bleed­ing – use­ful for any ar­chae­ol­o­gist whose field­work in­volves an im­prob­a­ble amount of griev­ous bod­ily harm.

IN­DI­ANA JONES and the UN­DER­SEA KING DOM

The Man with the Hat un­cov­ered the world’s most leg­endary lost civil­i­sa­tion in 1992 com­puter game In­di­ana Jones And The Fate Of At­lantis but there’s still size­able cin­e­matic po­ten­tial in the drowned con­ti­nent. It could also be an ace op­por­tu­nity for the first aquatic Indy ad­ven­ture, filled with sharks, subs and spec­tac­u­lar Spiel­ber­gian vi­su­als of un­der­wa­ter ru­ins. Plato placed At­lantis “be­yond the pil­lars of Her­cules” but there are claims for its re­mains every­where from Antarc­tica to the Ba­hamas to the Azores. Prime globe- hop­ping po­ten­tial, then.

IN­DI­ANA JONES and the BOOK OF THE GODS

Indy’s never ven­tured into the cursed realms of Egyp­tol­ogy on the big screen but the Book of Thoth would be the per­fect pre­text for an ad­ven­ture among the pyra­mids. The work of the an­cient Egyp­tian god of knowl­edge, it’s said to con­tain two spells, one that al­lows you to un­der­stand the speech of an­i­mals – hello, In­di­ana Dolit­tle – and an­other that grants the reader the power to per­ceive the gods them­selves. Bad news for our snake- averse tomb- plun­derer: the book was orig­i­nally guarded by Nile ser­pents…

In­di­ana Jones 5 opens on 19 July 2019.

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