More than 40 years after he first took up the now-iconic hat and whip in Raiders of the Lost Ark, Harrison Ford is back as the adventuring archaeologist Dr. Henry Jones, Jr. in Indiana Jones and the Dial of Destiny, the fifth movie in the long-running franchise and the first installment to not be directed by Steven Spielberg.
Set primarily in 1969, Dial of Destiny catches up with Jones on the brink of retirement as he looks back on his past adventures. He is convinced his globe-trotting, treasure-hunting, Nazi-punching days are behind him, until his goddaughter Helena (Phoebe Waller-Bridge) shows up and convinces him to join her on a quest to find a powerful device before it falls into the wrong hands.
The last time Ford played Jones it was in the divisive Kingdom of the Crystal Skull, a mess of a movie which riffed on 1950s sci-fi in the same way that the earlier films paid tribute to the pulpy serials of the 1930s and 40s. This time around, however, Ford seems genuinely interested to be revisiting the character of Indiana Jones, playing him with more layers as a man in much later life.
With Dial of Destiny sure to win over a whole new generation of Indy fans, and given Ford’s renewed enthusiasm for the role, it makes perfect sense that people are wondering if this movie will lead into another sequel. Here’s what we know about the future of the Indiana Jones franchise.
Will there be an Indiana Jones 6?
The short answer is no. While an Indiana Jones streaming series has been rumored for a while, Ford confirmed in April 2023 that this will be his last performance as Jones, and the last movie in the series.
“This is the final film in the series, and this is the last time I’ll play the character,” he said. “I anticipate that it will be the last time that he appears in a film.”
That said, the introduction of Waller-Bridge’s character Helena, much like Shia LaBoeuf in Crystal Skull, leaves the door open for a “next generation”-style continuation of the franchise set in the wider world of ancient artefacts and mythology.
Philip Ellis is a freelance writer and journalist from the United Kingdom covering pop culture, relationships and LGBTQ+ issues. His work has appeared in GQ, Teen Vogue, Man Repeller and MTV.