You shouldn't have come here, but I’m glad that you did.
~ Vogel meeting Lara.
Open the tomb!
~ Vogel's most famous quote

Mathias Vogel is the main antagonist of the 2018 action film Tomb Raider, based on the video games. He is a treasure hunter who serves as a member of Trinity. 

He was portrayed by Walton Goggins, who also played Shane VendrellEl Cameleón, Stans, Billy Crash, Sonny Burch and Lee Russell.

Personality

Vogel is shown to be rude, psychopathic, and determined to do his own thing. Besides, having a reason to want to see his family after seven years of being in Yamatai, as well as his madness to find Himiko, made him a man who did not care about anything except for getting out of that island.

Biography

Early life

Vogel started out working for Trinity and began expecting the island. He came across his rival Richard and the two brawled until Richard left Vogel on the island.

Meeting Lara Croft

What are you doing here, Lara? Seven years I’ve been on this island. Your father, he put me here. Now I see the likeness, intelligence, the recklessness.
~ Vogel explaining of how he knew her father.

After arriving at the island after the incident with the boat, the men of Vogel find Lara and take her to him, the next day he is waiting for Lara to wake up and tells him about what he did there.

After a conversation with Lara this reveals that she had brought him what he needed to find the tomb of Himiko, Vogel worked with slaves and his men to find the location of this and give it to Trinity an organization that seeks paranormal secrets, Vogel realizes about that they were looking in the wrong area and decided to move the camp to finally the area and exact location of the grave.

During the excavation of the area one of the slaves gets sick and Vogel without remedying words shoots him in front of Lara and Lu, later pointing and realizing how crazy and psychopathic this was, thus planning an escape which is successful for Lara but during this one, Lu is hurt by a shot in the shoulder by Vogel.

Finding the Tomb

We found it!... We found it!
~ Vogel men's announcing the finding of the tomb.

After the encounter of the Tomb, Vogel is attacked by Lara Croft and Lu Wu in an attempt to escape, this intent to confront them realizes that the Father of Lara goes to the tomb which was found to decipher and goes up to confront him, telling her that if she does not open it, she will kill him, Lara appears and, in order not to see her father die, she negotiates with him to open the tomb and that she would take her to Hamiko, once inside they go through a lot of traps which they are designed to prevent the departure of Himiko until finally finding the Tomb of the Goddess of Japanese death.

Lara, his father next to the men of Vogel and this same one warns him about the danger that this could contain, Vogel tells him that he does not have to fear about an old woman and forcing his men to open it, once opened is the body of is in a state of decomposition, Vogel says that there was nothing to fear and had to take that tomb to Trinity, at that time one of the men of Vogel has an infection which begins to take over the turning into a kind of zombie killing to one of them and when attacking Volge, this shoots him killing him, in it he realizes that Himiko is a mortal disease which can cause a genocide and takes a small sample of it to take it.

Final Showdown

You can't save the world. Trinity is everywhere!
~ Vogel to Lara in the final fight.

While extracting the sample, Lara's father and she attack Vogel and his men, Vogel is wounded in one of his legs trying to escape and has a confrontation against Lara's father, who is wounded and attacked by one of Vogel's men who was infected, Vogel begins to flee with the sample, until reaching the abyss of souls, and when he passed the stairs he is intercepted by Lara, who tells him that he will fulfill the promise to his father not to let him leave.

Vogel begins to fight body to body against Lara in a brutal fight, when he is almost subdued by this one, he gives him a blow and manages to take Lara's ax, keeping her on the floor and ready to kill her he tells her to send greetings to his Father when she see it, Lara's father committing suicide by detonating the explosive charges causes a tremor in the cave which distracts Vogel.

At that moment Lara takes advantage and hits him leaving him wounded, Vogel tries to hit Lara but she attacks him and takes the sample of Himiko and he puts it in Vogel's mouth infecting him, Lara tells him that he messed with the wrong family and kicks him into the abyss of souls, Vogel falls to his death and becomes one of the thousands of dead bodies that were there.

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Trivia

  • Vogel's character is inspired by several story arcs of the rebooted video game franchise. His name Mathias, as well as being imprisoned on the island of Himiko, is taken from Tomb Raider (2013) while the organization he is working for, Trinity, serves as the main antagonistic faction in the sequel Rise of the Tomb Raider.
  • In the Tomb Raider (2013) Mathias was a normal man who got stranded on Yamatai and slowly lost his mind after years of living on the Island, eventually starting a cult (The Solarii) dedicated to worshipping Himiko, as he believed freeing her from her imprisonment was the only means to escape the island. The film version of Mathias appears to have more in common with Constantine, the main antagonist of the Rise of the Tomb Raider (2016), in being a psychopathic mercenary leader in the employ of Trinity, ordered to look for supernatural sources of power.

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Ana | Book Thief | Konstantin | Trinity

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Pedro Dominquez | Rourke

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Chen Lo | Jonathan Reiss

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