George Lucas is clearly concerned that Indiana Jones fans may have built up unrealistic expectations for his upcoming Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull. "When you do a movie like this, a sequel that's very, very anticipated, people anticipate ultimately that it's going to be the Second Coming," Lucas told USA Today. "And it's not. It's just a movie. Just like the other movies. You probably have fond memories of the other movies. But if you went back and looked at them, they might not hold up the same way your memory holds up." In fact, he added, when expectations rise to such heights, "You're not going to get a lot of accolades. ... All you can do is lose."
While there's some truth to what Lucas says, one reason for the anticipation is he's waited twenty years between movies. I for one am not expecting much. Part of me thought if he couldn't make a sequel within three to five years of Last Crusade he should leave well enough alone. Still, given Indy's relationship to history, reconnecting with him at any time in his life is appealing.