A few weeks later at the Sorbonne, as Indy sits in class, a substitute teacher walks in for Abner. Indy learns Abner has resigned. No explanation. Abner packed up, reasons unknown and moved away with his daughter. Indy blames his romantic fling then break- up with his professor’s daughter as the cause of his resignation and decides to dedicate the remainder of his studies to focusing purely on archeology.
Flash-forward 10 years later: 1936, Nepal (Raiders). Indy, looking for the same headpiece, walks into “The Raven’s Nest”, a secluded bar in Nepal now owned by Marion Ravenwood. There, an old spark lights up between them.
Flash-forward: 1946, New York. Indy leaves Marion at the altar. Once again for Indy, archeology comes first.
Flash-forward: 1957 (KOTCS). Indy finally marries his one true love at a small wedding attended by close friends.
It is now 1963 and Marion is dead. The world is changing all around. The six brief years they spent married were the best six years of Indy’s life, now Indy is disillusioned and alone. Indy only has one mission now; To obtain the headpiece to the Staff of Ra from whoever took it from the Well of Souls on that fateful day in 1936 (Raiders) and return it to its rightful owner, Marion Ravenwood. He owes it to Marion. He owes it to Abner.
Extensive research with the help of Sallah (Raiders/Last Crusade) in Egypt has finally led Indy to a Chinese Warlord’s den in rural China. Indy and Short Round (Temple of Doom/who is now also an archeologist) are on a covert mission to steal the headpiece from the home of one of China’s most dangerous triad’s leader (the son of Lao Che (Temple of Doom)). After a chase/fight sequence, Indy finally obtains the headpiece and triumphantly escapes with Short Round.
Indy calls Sallah to inform him of the great news and agrees to fly back to his homebase in Cairo with the newly recovered headpiece. He will place the headpiece in its final resting place, Marion’s grave. Mission accomplished. Indy smiles for the first time in years as he hangs up the phone. On the other end of line, in Cairo, Sallah has a knife to his neck, his family is tied up and a strange hand hangs up the phone for him.
Indy arrives in Cairo and meets Sallah, only to be greeted by the same Antique Collector from 1926 and some hired goons. They abduct Indy and Sallah. The older eye-patched wearing Antique Collector reveals to Indy that he had killed Abner in Nepal after he wouldn’t hand over the headpiece and continues to cut Indy’s left eye (explaining old Indy’s eye patch in the Young Indiana Jones Chronicles canon). “An eye for an eye” he explains. “What do you want with the Staff?” asks a wounded Indy, “You’re thirty years too late. The Ark has already been found and it is in the possession of the US government.”