the franchise Indiana Jones it was one that has always symbolized the partnership between George Lucas and Steven Spielberg. Although the latter was the director of the first four films, the concept was conceived by the creator of Star Wars. This, in turn, is another series of films and series that had its first peak between the 70’s and 80’s. Therefore, the two always walked hand in hand in an era that dominated cinema.
Therefore, some easter eggs of space fantasy can be found in films about the adventurous archaeologist. Each of the four films in the saga so far has had at least one moment that alludes to its creative sibling from a galaxy far, far away.
In the opening scene of Raiders of the Lost Ark, when Indy was running towards an amphibious plane, the initials on the side of the vehicle were OB-CPO, referencing Obi-Wan Kenobi and C-3PO. Also, even in the same movie, there is one of the biggest easter eggs in the franchise. The Well of Souls that contains the Ark is inscribed with Egyptian hieroglyphics on every inch of the walls, making it easier for the filmmakers to hide the reference in plain sight: the drawings of R2-D2 and C-3PO.
In The Temple of Perditionalso in the opening scene, which takes place in Shanghai, the club where Willie Scott performs and which Indy negotiates with Chinese gangsters over the remains of an ancient emperor, is named after the legendary Jedi Master Obi-Wan Kenobi.
Finally, while The Last Crusade does not have very explicit references – although some believe that there is a distant allusion, also in the opening of the film -, The Kingdom of the Crystal Skull pays homage to the work of Lucas with a speech. When the titular MacGuffin is finally activated at the climax of the plot, Indy mutters, “I have a bad feeling about this”. The phrase is one of the hallmarks of Star Warshanded down by various characters throughout the franchise.
Indiana Jones 5 It is scheduled to premiere on June 29, 2023.