Every generation must confront its share of horrors, disappointments, and betrayals—but perhaps no greater human sin was ever wrought upon the Earth than that of Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull (note: that might be a moderate exaggeration), a film which essentially took the collective childhood of an entire generation, and, well, you’ve probably seen the South Park bit about that.

So it is with a sigh of relief that uber producer Frank Marshall has finally come out and said it:  Indiana Jones 5 simply does not need to happen.  And it probably won’t, despite recurring talk from Steven Spielberg and George Lucas about searching for a MacGuffin to wrap the plot around:

“I say, for me, [Kingdom of the Crystal Skull is] the last hurrah.  I know that yes, we talk about it, but there’s no idea, there’s no MacGuffin.”

While Cinema Blend wisely notes that Marshall does not speak for Spielberg, Lucas, or Harrison Ford, losing his powerhouse support could be enough to doom the franchise (as if the universal hatred for Kingdom of the Crystal Skull somehow wasn’t enough—seriously, aliens, you guys?  Aliens in an Indy film?  Come on!).

And so, while it does make one sad to consider that the Indy franchise will likely end on that whimper instead of the bang of The Last Crusade, perhaps we can sleep a little easier at night, knowing what’s left of our childhood heroes isn’t be plundered for profit anymore.  Fingers crossed.

What do you think of the Indy 5 news?