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Indiana Jones and the Dial of Destiny (2023) Trailer Reignites Time Travel Plot Rumours

Indiana Jones time machine

As you know (if you saw it) I shared the official trailer to the upcoming Indiana Jones movie: Indiana Jones and the Dial of Destiny (2023) a few days ago. Since then I’ve been reading a lot online about people’s reactions to it; namely what the main premise might be.

Although the “official” word (at least from Empire magazine) is that the story is “set against the backdrop of the 60s space race” (the 1969 moon landing to be precise), fans are convinced that the “dial of destiny” itself is something to do with either time travel and/or Atlantis.

The time travel rumour has been around since last year when supposed plot details were “leaked” on the internet (read this post for more information on that).

Anyway, the film’s director, James Mangold (Logan, Le Mans '66) recently addressed these time travel rumours in an apparent “damage control” statement on twitter, saying:

James Mangold damage control twitter

Now, the only reason I’m interested in this instead of just waiting for the movie to come out is because I’m curious as to whether the supposed plot rumours reported last year are indeed true.

As good as the trailer looks, personally I hope the movie doesn’t involve time travel. I had a big enough problem with aliens in the last one let alone time travel in the new one! For me Indiana Jones and sci-fi are two completely separate entities.

Of course these time travel rumours could merely be fuelled by the fact that there’s a de-aged Harrison Ford in the film (evident from the trailer) and even then it could just be from an opening flashback scene that sets up the rest of the movie. Either way it seems to have whipped (pun intended) the internet into a frenzy.

It’s frustrating that we have to wait till next year to find out exactly what’s what, but in the meantime I’m sure people will continue to speculate like crazy.

What are your thoughts on the idea of a time travelling Indy?

Let me know in the comments.👇

By the way, from what I can gather, this excellent Indiana Jones/Back to the Future movie poster mashup is the work of American artist, illustrator and cover designer Drew Struzan. Drew is known for creating more than 150 movie posters over the years, including The Shawshank Redemption (1994), Big Trouble in Little China (1986), The Goonies (1985), Hocus Pocus (1993) and Blade Runner (1982), not to mention films in the Indiana Jones, Star Wars and Back to the Future series.


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