Rumor: ‘Indiana Jones’ TV Series A Prequel Featuring Indy’s Mentor Abner Ravenwood

A few days ago, we learned that Disney and Lucasfilm had figured out a way to keep the Indiana Jones franchise alive after Harrison Ford retires. A TV series on Disney+, of course. Nothing is confirmed, and there are no concrete details, but a new rumor about the possible direction could come as a surprise.

According to rumor-monger Jeff Sneider on The Hot Mic podcast, the Indiana Jones TV series will be a prequel focused on Indy’s mentor, Abner Ravenwood. Although he never actually appeared in any films, Abner has quite an impact. He taught archaeology at the University of Chicago in the 1920s which is where he became a mentor to Indiana Jones, whom he came to love as a son. Abner was also the father to Marion Ravenwood, who was played by Karen Allen and became not only Indy’s love interest, but mother to his son, Mutt Williams.

So this sets up the possibility that the show could include younger versions of Indiana Jones and Marion, and possibly even Harold Oxley (played by the late John Hurt), who was also taught by Abner.  It all depends on how far back the show is going to go.

This is all just speculation, but it sounds plausible. Perhaps we’ll get an idea of where the franchise is headed when Indiana Jones 5 arrives on June 30th 2023.

Travis Hopson
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