The Ghostbusters franchise is finally getting a sequel. The new installment of the beloved comedy hit, Ghostbusters: Afterlife, will probably release later this year, featuring everyone’s favorite Stay-Puft Marshmallow Man. The development studio announced the iconic character’s appearance, though diminutive in stature, in the newest teaser trailer.
The teaser trailer for Ghostbusters: Afterlife displays a newcomer to the franchise, Mr. Grooberson (portrayed by Paul Rudd), shopping for groceries when he stumbles upon a Stay-Puft Marshmallow Man. However, this time, it’s not the Godzilla-sized version of the character but a miniature one.
They do cause a lot of trouble very fast.
Admittedly, it does look cute at first, but so did his older, bigger, and equally menacing brother from the 1980s. And it didn’t take long for Mr. Grooberson to realize just how mischievous and sinister these miniature Stay-Pufts are. “The most harmless thing” Ray Stantz could think of is now fun-sized for Ghostbusters: Afterlife and displays a myriad of horrific behavior in the most comedic ways the Ghostbuster franchise is known for.
The original Stay-Puft Marshmallow Man was the chosen Destructor Form of Gozer, the first Ghostbusters movie’s main antagonist. The Ghostbusters eventually defeated this 100-foot tall homicidal marshmallow man in what seemed to be a rain of marshmallow. He didn’t appear in the second Ghostbusters movie, released in 1989, though he was mentioned once or twice during the film. These new “mini-pufts” for Ghostbusters: Afterlife are the latest ghosts in need of busting, tying both the franchise’s past and its future together.
Ghostbusters: Afterlife is positioned as the sequel to the original two films from the 1980s, following a story of a single mom and her two kids discovering their ties to the Ghostbusters. Through a series of paranormal events, the kids adorn the suits and proton packs of the original team, carrying on the Ghostbusters legacy. Unfortunately, we won’t see the third canonical installment in the franchise this summer since it was delayed until November 2021.
Ghostbusters: Afterlife was initially scheduled to release in August 2020, but Sony canceled its release due to the Coronavirus pandemic, rescheduling the release a year later, for June 11, 2021. Unfortunately, the movie was further delayed due to the same reason and currently remains scheduled for November 11, 2021. Hopefully, this release date will stick, as we’ll get to see the new generation of Ghostbusters fight these “mini-pufts,” with rumored help from some of the original Ghostbusters.
Another noteworthy thing about the franchise’s legacy characters is perhaps a legacy director, at least in a sense. The Ghostbusters: Afterlife is directed by Jason Reitman, the son of the original Ghostbusters director Ivan Reitman. Though he appeared in a small role in the second Ghostbusters movie, this time, he’ll stay behind the camera, making sure that the sequel lives up to the original titles. According to Empire, the Ghostbuster: Afterlife honors its predecessors in more ways than one.
Apparently, this cult-classic comedic franchise centered around paranormal is all about bringing together different generations of actors, directors, viewers, and by the looks of it – marshmallow. The audience and the franchise’s fandom are excited about the Ghostbusters: Afterlife release in November. Hopefully, the delays are over and we won’t see it reschedule again.