Indiana Jones 5’s Marion Ravenwood Returned By Star Karen Allen

Karen Allen will be returning in Indiana Jones and the Dial of Destiny to reprise the role of Marion Ravenwood. Allen made her franchise debut in Raiders of the Lost Ark as she brought the fierce and cunning Marion to life, a character with agency who transcended a typical love interest. Marion returned in Kingdom of the Crystal Skull where it was revealed that she and Indy had a son, who was played by Shia LaBeouf. In both movies, she played an active role in Indy’s quest.


Entertainment Weekly has now confirmed ​​​​​​that Marion will also be in Indiana Jones and the Dial of Destiny, with Allen again portraying the role. Allen admits that she wishes Marion was “more a part of the adventure of this story,” though the specifics of Marion’s return have not yet been revealed. Despite a more limited role, Allen still feels “a sense of gratitude” for playing Marion once more as she praises the strengths of the enduring character. Read her quote below:

“She’s such a vibrant, wonderful character, and it would’ve broken my heart to see her just vanish into the ether.”

Why Marion Is Returning In Indiana Jones & The Dial Of Destiny

Karen Allen as Marion Ravenwood in Raiders of the Lost Ark

Dial of Destiny director James Mangold looked at Raiders of the Lost Ark for inspiration as it set the standard and the tone for the rest of the franchise. Dial of Destiny is bringing back Indy’s longtime and loyal friend Sallah, who made his franchise debut in Raiders of the Lost Ark and also helped Indy during The Last Crusade. A movie that recaptures the spirit of Raiders of the Lost Ark needs to also bring back Marion as she is integral to that story and to Indy’s character development. Without her, Indy’s journey cannot culminate and come full circle.

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While Dial of Destiny seems like it has learned from Crystal Skull‘s mistakes, the new movie shouldn’t ignore that Indy and Marion reunited, rekindled their relationship, and got married. Marion’s role in Dial of Destiny should at least acknowledge those developments while showing what Marion is currently up to. Just as Indy is reconciling with his age and the current state of the world, Marion will likely grapple with the same dilemma. Mangold confirmed LaBeouf is not returning as their son Mutt, but having Marion in the movie can help briefly explain his absence.

Just as Crystal Skull wasn’t a satisfying final chapter for Indy, it also wasn’t a satisfying end for Marion, although Allen and Harrison Ford did have great chemistry. After Indy, she is arguably the most important character in the franchise, and she also deserves for her story to have a proper conclusion. Her role may be limited compared to previous adventures, but Indiana Jones and the Dial of Destiny wouldn’t be a fitting final adventure if it didn’t feature Marion.

Source: EW

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