The original Ghostbusters cast members, including Bill Murray, Dan Aykroyd, Sigourney Weaver, Ernie Hudson, and Annie Potts, are all returning for Reitman’s film.
Afterlife’s youthful actors Finn Wolfhard and McKenna Grace, who play the grandkids of original Ghostbuster Egon Spengler (Harold Ramis), as well as newly-arrived adult, stars Carrie Coon (as Egon’s daughter) and Paul Rudd, will carry the franchise forward if it has any future.
In Afterlife, new generations of Spengler’s rediscover the legacy and technology of the original Ghostbusters, including the legendary Ecto-1.
Of all, ghostbusting entails a great deal of responsibility. That fact is emphasized in a new Ghostbusters: Afterlife poster, which teases that the stakes are extremely high this time around.
As the new Ghostbusters pick up their proton packs and battle down the paranormal, nothing less than the future is in jeopardy. The image also informs fans that Afterlife will only be released in theatres.
Take a look at the new artwork in the area below:
Of course, Gozer, the Sumerian shape-shifting god of devastation that the Ghostbusters battled in the film’s effects-heavy finale, was an inter-dimensional menace in the original Ghostbusters.
In unveiling the small Stay Puft marshmallow men who appear up, Ghostbusters: Afterlife has already proved that it will gladly bring back adversaries from the original film, so it wouldn’t be surprising to see Gozer return for a rematch.
Indeed, Gozer has been teased as the upcoming film’s main nemesis, but the film may always flip a switch and present a new main antagonist after luring fans with a Gozer comeback.
The new poster doesn’t explicitly mention Gozer, but it does imply that the film will include a Gozer-sized threat that must be dealt with.
But, more than Ghostbusters, the new artwork calls up Stranger Things, Wolfhard’s other nostalgic sci-fi series. Indeed, the marketing for Ghostbusters: Afterlife has been far more nostalgic than hilarious thus far, giving the idea that the film is more akin to a Spielbergian adventure film than a snarky comedy about a squad of wise-cracking Ghostbusters getting up to mischief.
It’ll be interesting to watch how Reitman balances tones in Ghostbusters: Afterlife, but all signs point to the film being more serious than comedic, a feeling confirmed by this new poster’s sense of an impending menace from another planet.
Of course, one criticism of Paul Feig’s Ghostbusters reboot was that film went way too far into the absurd, so it’s likely that Sony is merely emphasizing Ghostbusters: Afterlife’s more serious components in its marketing to reassure fans that their childhoods will not be ruined this time.