A little birdie just dropped me a line to inform me that a brand new Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull poster has arrived. The folks at USA Today got a good look at it out at ShoWest, and now I’ve got it for you right here…

The design comes from the legendary Drew Struzan, who designed everything from The Thing to The Goonies to Return of the Jedi. Personally, I think it is pretty damn cool. One thing you will notice is the major appearance of the Crystal Skull itself, right there in the middle. As the USA Today article points out, this confirms the non-human element of the film, something that has been hinted at through almost all of the marketing thus far.

The new poster for Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the CrystalSkull confirms something alien is afoot.

The first poster for the film (due May 22) featured part of the title relic, but there was always something odd about the eye socket. In the follow-up, also by sci-fi/fantasy movie artist Drew Struzan, it’s clear the skull is not at all human. Add to that the recent trailer, with its shot of a crate labeled “Roswell, New Mexico 1947,” and you don’t need to be a professor of archaeology to put the pieces together.

Other clues: Looks as if our hero will face his least-favorite animal and the locals at some Maya ruins. Karen Allen (who also was in 1981’s original) seems to be enjoying herself, though.

Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull is directed by Steven Spielberg (you should really know him by now) and stars Harrison Ford, Shia LaBeouf, Cate Blanchett, Karen Allen and Ray Winstone. It is set for release on May 22nd. For more, check out the first teaser trailer.

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