Does Lara Croft’s new cinematic adventure set up some sequels?
The Tomb Raider franchise has finally returned to the big screen after fifteen years, and while the new film ties up its loose ends nicely, the ending itself might have left you with a few questions. Let’s break down those final few minutes of Tomb Raider. Oh, and if you haven’t seen the movie yet, look away! There are major ending spoilers ahead!
After raiding a tomb and taking down Walton Goggins’ character, Mathias Vogel, by jamming a cursed mummy finger down his throat and then dropping him down a pit (hey, this is a video game movie!), Lara escapes from the island of Yamatai and heads back to her home thinking she probably saved the world from Himiko’s evil ancient deadly virus curse thing. She reconnects with the mysterious Ana Miller – played by Kristin Scott Thomas – at Croft’s corporate headquarters, where Ana tries to get Lara to do the one thing she’s wanted her to do for the entire film: sign paperwork.
When seizing control of her father’s company, Croft Holdings, Lara has the opportunity to flip through the binder of companies that she will now inherit ownership of. There she sees the same company that was shipping boxes to Yamatai. She quickly realizes that Trinity – the evil corporation Vogel worked for – is secretly operating from a shell company owned by Croft Holdings. By piecing together documents, flashbacks, and just a generally uneasy feeling, Lara figures out that Ana had been in control the entire time and is a part of Trinity. In other words, Ana is really not a great person. In fact. She’s the true villain of this story and almost definitely the next movie (should they decide to make a next movie).
More Adventures Ahead?
With access to her father’s crypt of secret treasure maps and massive archive of half finished expeditions leading all over the world, Lara and Tomb Raider’s potential sequel script writers have plenty of places to take this movie series going forward. Journals and notes scattered across Croft Manor in the Tomb Raider video games were Lara’s entry points to adventures, and in this film, Lara’s father’s fake tomb room is no different. It’s littered with geographical interest points, scrawled drawings of artifacts and probably a bunch of abandoned VHS tapes of him babbling maniacally about mysterious tombs and stuff. Think of this place as Lara’s level select screen.
When Lara revisits Max’s husband and wife-run pawn shop (owned by actors Nick Frost and Jaime Winstone) in the post-credits sequence, she obtains Lara’s iconic dual pistols, a set of signature weapons that have appeared in her past video games, most recently as an unlockable item called Roth’s Pistols in 2015’s “Rise of the Tomb Raider” once players had completed the main campaign as well as the Blood Ties DLC.
Most notably, these guns appeared in the hands of Angelina Jolie in the action sequences and marketing material for the original Tomb Raider films, Lara Croft: Tomb Raider and Tomb Raider: The Cradle of Life. Either way, this hopefully establishes Max as the weapons and gadgets dealer of this new film franchise, kind of like a much greasier, much grosser version of James Bond’s “Q” character.
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