Marcus Brody is a character from Raiders of the Lost Ark.
Marcus Brody was an English-born historian and archaeologist during the late 19th century. In the 1900s, he befriended fellow archaeologist Dr. Henry Jones, Sr. and assisted him in his quest to find the Holy Grail of Arthurian myth. Marcus also befriended Jones' son, Indiana Jones whom he would work as a business partner with in the latter's adulthood.
Brody would become the curator of the National Museum and dean of Marshall College. An adult Indiana became a professor at the college and also frequently hunted down archaeological artifacts for the museum. Brody would often work as a white-collar ally to Indiana in his expeditions such as the case in 1936 when Jones uncovered the Temple of the Forbidden Eye in the Lost Delta of India and later in the hunt for the Ark of the Covenant. While hoping that the ark would go into the possession of the museum, instead the US government claimed the artifact to store away as a future weapon in Area-51, Nevada.
In 1938, Brody joined forces with Indiana Jones' affiliate Sallah to assist in the hunt for the Holy Grail in Hatay. Brody was involved with a few more adventures with Indiana before 1952 when Brody died. Following his demise, Indiana had a statue of Brody built outside of Marshall College.
Appearances and allusions
After Indiana went missing during his excavation of the Temple of the Forbidden Eye, Marcus Brody told Sallah to keep the tours of the temple going, in hope that one of them would find him. Letters from Brody, Sallah and Abner Ravenwood are all present within the ride's queue.
Marcus Brody is name dropped by Nigel Greenwater in the queue for Disneyland's Jungle Cruise. Greenwater describes Brody's comments on Indiana's discovery of the Temple of the Forbidden Eye, claiming it to be the most important archeological discovery of the century.