Indiana Jones: The Influence for Adventure

Whether it be escaping a temple from a boulder or fighting off Nazi soldiers, nothing screams adventure more than the Indiana Jones franchise. It has always stood out as iconic for all that whip-cracking action. Indiana Jones is a household name, and people both old and young recognize it. With all this being said, it is safe to to say that Indy’s adventures make him one of the most iconic characters of all time.

The franchise itself consists of novels, a TV series, films, etc. that all help to capture the breathtaking expeditions of archaeologist Henry Jones Jr. The first installment, Raiders of the Lost Ark, was the highest grossing film in 1981. With this achievement, it was only right to keep pumping out more content. To this day, the franchise is nearly worth 2 billion dollars, with the plans to still release a fifth film. Not only is the franchise a capital success, but it helped shape directors Stephen Spielberg and George Lucas into the titans of the filming industry that they are today.

A key aspect of a good franchise is having the ability to stay relevant, and the Indiana Jones franchise has achieved that quite well. In 2008, the franchise released the fourth film installment, The Kingdom of the Crystal Skull, and video game Lego Indiana Jones: The Original Adventures. Both of these additions helped the franchise spread to newer generations to keep the adventures alive.

The Indiana Jones franchise both influenced and set the baseline for many adventure stories to come. In modern films today such as Tomb Raider, Lara Croft is considered to be the “female Indiana Jones”. More archaeology classes have been added to colleges/universities due to the influence from the Indiana Jones franchise. Without it, there would not be all the great action/adventure projects that we see today.

Sources 

“Indiana Jones (Franchise).” TV Tropes, tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pmwiki.php/Franchise/IndianaJones.

Euro Weekly News. “The Cultural Impact of Indiana Jones and the Raiders of the Lost Ark * Euro Weekly News Spain.” Euro Weekly News Spain, 21 Mar. 2018, www.euroweeklynews.com/2018/03/21/the-cultural-impact-of-indiana-jones-and-the-raiders-of-the-lost-ark/.

Peters, Jeffrey. “Lara Croft Is Already Our ‘Female’ Indiana Jones.” News and Times, 5 Apr. 2018, www.newsandtimes.com/2018/04/lara-croft-is-already-our-female-indiana-jones/.

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