The trailer for Indiana Jones And The Dial Of Destiny landed yesterday, and fandom was instantly ablaze with rumor, supposition and hastily deduced positions, Chief among them was that several online rumors had, in fact, been proven true by the trailer. Now director James Mangold has taken them to task… again.

Potential Spoiler Warning For Indiana Jones 5

If you are still here, then the chances are you already know what we are going to be talking about. According to internet rumors, the plot involves time travel and Indiana Jones revisiting his younger self, alongside his goddaughter in the form of Phoebe Waller-Bridge. The movie ends with Indy sacrificing himself, altering the timeline, and then in the process Waller-Bridge’s character ends up replacing Indy.


Mangold has already said this was not true, and pointedly targeted the “trolls” but that didn’t stop anything. Online movie commentators simply dismissed this as cover. In fact observers have combed the trailer for shots they say confirm these theories. Forget it Jake, this is the internet.


Mangold had previously stated categorically that no test screenings for the public have been held, so anyone claiming to have attended one is lying. He has also stated that the rolling rock shot from the trailer isn’t a do-over of the famous scene from Raiders Of The Lost Ark, as had been claimed. It is the globe from a statue of Atlas, falling.

After the trailer dropped and the internet jungle drums started up again, Mangold has been back out on social media pushing back against the commentators that, he says, are basically full of sh*t.

As per his Twitter, this guy is not messing about:

“One more time. No one is ‘taking over’ or replacing Indy or donning his hat, nor is he being ‘erased’ thru some contrivance – and he never was, not in any cut or script – but trolls will troll – that’s how they get their clicks.

Please don’t exhaust me pointing out how once in a while a troll is ‘right’. Even a blind squirrel finds a nut now & then. All one has to do is look at set photos & interviews & you get enough info to make wild guesses about a movie plot.”

He goes on to point out that these “trolls” aren’t in it for fans and aren’t heroic internet freedom fighters. They are in it for money.

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Hold up… money? You mean people make money doing this stuff? Jesus, where are we going wrong!? Anyway, he had this to say:

“The diff between trolling a-holes & everyone else is they r trying to make $ off your feelings about other films & culture war politics. They push contoversial guesses as coming from “sources” to gin up clicks. Let it go. END”

Jez Butterworth, John-Henry Butterworth and Mangold co-wrote the script together and Spielberg is the producer. Joining Harrison Ford and Phoebe Waller-Bridge are Mads Mikkelsen, Boyd Holbrook, Antonio Banderas, Shaunette Renee Wilson, Thomas Kretschmann, and Toby Jones in the film.

Indiana Jones and the Dial of Destiny opens June 30th next year.

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