It was the franchise revival that looked to have all but scuppered the immediate future of Indiana Jones - burning more than a few bridges with longtime fans in the process - but it's been revealed that Kingdom of the Crystal Skull's story arc will feed into 2019's Indiana Jones 5.
When Steven Spielberg, Harrison Ford, and Disney signed on for another Indiana Jones, the Internet collectively shrugged, "Sure". "We think those characters are iconic, and those are the only actors who can play that", he maintained.
Ford will be reprising his role as the whip wielding hero and now he is the only confirmed cast member of "Indiana Jones 5". "It's going to be two to three years". But, Indiana Jones doesn't have a history of direct sequels, having a penchant for one-off stories.
Then came news that Crystal Skull writer David Koepp was brought on to pen another sequel, which more or less sunk whatever excitement might have already been there.
It's worth noting that Marshall did mention the Jason Bourne series. This is similar to the way that Jeremy Renner didn't replace Matt Damon as Jason Bourne, but rather took on the role of another Treadstone survivor, Aaron Cross. The movie will be released on July 19, 2019 in the US.
One would assume Disney will use Indiana Jones 5 as a kind of passing of the torch seeing as Ford will be 77 years old by the time the movie hits theaters, but apparently that's not the case. "He's going to have to play that age, and we'll write that into the script".