The Other Five Rejected Indy Titles

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You know, I never really liked “Kingdom of the Crystal Skull.” Then again, I still don’t like The Phantom Menace, but I guess that all is what it is. However, way back when, Lucas was toying with a couple of different titles (caution, here there be spoilers).


1) Indiana Jones and the Destroyer of Worlds. Really? This seems a little too much for what actually the movie is about. Maybe if Galactus was going to show up.

2) Indiana Jones and the Fourth Corner of the Earth. I’m blanking on where Raiders was supposed to have taken place, but if I had to guess, I’d assume South America, which would make this title silly because he’s already been there.

3) Indiana Jones and the Quest for the Covenant. This is a little misleading, especially since in the movie, the only Covenant we get is the Ark, which is glimpsed briefly on the way out for Indy. Unless the aliens are the Covenant, in which case, we better hope the Master Chief shows up soon.

4) Indiana Jones and the Lost City of Gold. I like this title… if there wasn’t already a movie called Allan Quatermain and the Lost City of Gold from back in the ’80s. Then again, there’s a movie called Allan Quatermain and the Temple of Skulls, so maybe it just don’t matter.

and 5th) Indiana Jones and the City of Gods (or City of the Gods). I like this one the best, because it’s true, it’s accurate, and it would have put a slightly more religious spin on the title, which would have helped set the tone a little better. I think I can say I would have liked the movie a little better if that were the title.

However, it begs the question, why pick “Kingdom of the Crystal Skull?” Is it about being unique? Or weird enough to catch-on? Or was it to help Drew Struzan design a poster? Discuss!