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[Exclusive] Indiana Jones 5 Will Fight Nazis in 1969

Perhaps the only thing Indiana Jones despises more than snakes are the Nazis. Since the release of Raiders of the Lost Ark, Harrison Ford’s protagonis, has been battling against Hitler’s hordes.

 

This conflict has taken the form of thwarted plans, brawls, and even letting the Nazis be hoisted by their own petard when they tamper with ancient mythical relics. You could be excused for assuming that Indy will be up against a new foe in the fifth (untitled) Indiana Jones film, considering that it is set several years after the end of World War II.

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While there will be many new elements in the next movie, there will also be some old favorites among the villains. Empire has learned that Indiana Jones 5 is from 1969, during the height of the space competition between the United States and the Soviet Union.

“The Basic Reality”

However, the race to the moon carries some unsettling realities for our hero. British playwright and co-writer on “Indiana Jones 5” Jez Butterworth tells Empire that “the basic reality is that a gang of ex-Nazis oversaw the moon-landing program.” The question is how “ex” they are. And up Indy’s nostril, it goes…”.

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Throwing Indiana, who is more interested in the hidden things on Earth than in exploring space, into the age of the astronaut makes him seem even more out of place. As Butterworth puts it, “it’s not simply that the model of what a hero is has entirely shifted.” It’s not only that they want to find anything, but there is nothing; it’s like Reno without the casinos or whatever his gimmick is. However, those responsible are his sworn foes.

Voller the Villain,

And here we have Mads Mikkelsen’s villain, Voller, who the real-life Nazi-turned-NASA-engineer Wernher von Braun in part influenced. Mikkelsen pokes fun at Voller, saying, “He’s a man who would like to correct some of the past mistakes.” I have found something that has the potential to make the world a much better place. What he wants is access to it. Indiana Jones is equally keen on possessing it. So, now we have a narrative.

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This story features an action-packed scenario at the Apollo 11 ticker tape parade on August 13, 1969. Sam Hadley drew Empire’s unusual subscription cover, which features Boyd Holbrook’s evil Klaber (“I’m Mads’ lapdog, and a crazy one”) in the middle of a historic celebration.