Okay, Raiders is in my top 10 ever so when someone said this to me yesterday I was actually quite shocked.
Indy struggles for 2 hours to stop the Nazis from finding the Ark of the Covenant.
He wants to beat them to it, but he fails.
He and Marion are tied up and Beloc opens the Ark to find… the vengeance of God. The Nazis all killed.
The guy’s point is that this would all have happened anyway whether Indy had done any of the set-pieces leading up to it. The Ark would have killed the nazis as soon as it was opened and Indy thus is completely extraneous to the plot.
It can’t be denied.
Remove Han Solo from Star Wars and Luke gets killed before he takes that final shot at the Death Star. Remove Indy from Raiders and the conclusion is still the same.
My mind is blown.