Lara Croft is back in theaters for the first time in nearly 15 years with Tomb Raider, the movie reboot based on the 2013 relaunch of the popular video game series. This version of the story plays out like a "Year One" comic, with Oscar winner Alicia Vikander (Ex Machina) playing the iconic adventurer as a tough-as-nails young woman who is squandering her considerable potential. It also eschews supernatural elements to instead give us a vicious realism that will likely keep fans on the edge of their seats. However, here’s the question on the minds of many moviegoers: Is there a post-credits scene?
Given Hollywood's embrace of mid- and post-credits sequences, fueled by the success of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, it's certainly a reasonable question. But with Tomb Raider, the answer is "no." If you wait in your seat after the credits roll, all you will see is MGM's iconic mascot, Leo the Lion. However, there is an additional scene after the end of the main story
Warner Bros. must have gotten wise to the fact that not everyone sticks around for the after-credits, or even mid-credits, scenes, because the studio wraps up Lara Croft's first adventure, drops the Tomb Raider logo, and then boom, we get the bonus sequence. While we don’t want to spoil this moment, we will say it brings back an actor who has a cameo at the beginning of the film. OK, you twisted our arm: We’ll also tell you this scene gives a nod to the original Tomb Raider video games and movies.
This entertainment franchise began in 1996 with the first Tomb Raider video game. Even though blocky and low-resolution initially, Lara Croft became a sex symbol, and after several successful games, Eidos Interactive partnered with Paramount Pictures for the 2001 blockbuster Lara Croft: Tomb Raider starring Angelina Jolie. This was followed two tears later with the sequel, Lara Croft: Tomb Raider -- The Cradle of Life. So, this film is only the latest iteration of a property with a 20-plus year history, and the filmmakers do a good job of paying homage to its roots with the "post-logo scene" (trademark pending).
Directed by Roar Uthaug, Tomb Raider stars Alicia Vikander as Lara Croft, Dominic West as Richard Croft, Daniel Wu as Lu Ren, Kristin Scott Thomas as Ana Miller, Hannah John-Kamen as Sophie and Walton Goggins as Mathias Vogel. The film opens Friday nationwide.