Post-credits scenes used to be a rare treat for moviegoers who sat through the entire runtime. But Marvel Cinematic Universe films have turned them into nearly a must for fandom-friendly films. Other creators are taking upon the MCU’s habit to include end-credit scenes. As well as the precise manner that MCU movies currently employ them. With a mid-credits scene to add a tiny button onto a movie’s story. An end-credits scene to turn the attention toward the future of a hoped-for franchise.
That’s exactly what director Jason Reitman achieves with Ghostbusters: Afterlife, a direct sequel to 1989’s Ghostbusters II and a continuation of his father’s work as director of the first two Ghostbusters films. There are two additional scenes in Ghostbusters: Afterlife, one near the end of the credits, and one afterward. The mid-credits scene is a long inside joke for aficionados of the 1984 Ghostbusters, while the post-credits segment explicitly suggests a future sequel.
In this third installment of the trilogy, the majority of the main cast from the 1984 Ghostbusters returns. Janine (Annie Potts), the Ghostbusters’ secretary, shows up early in the film to check on Egon Spengler’s former house. The house where his adult daughter Callie (Carrie Coon) and her children Trevor (Finn Wolfhard) and Phoebe (Mckenna Grace) had moved after Egon’s death. As Phoebe begins to understand who her grandfather was. What kind of threat he was fighting from the rural Oklahoma farmhouse Callie has inherited. She dials the Ghostbusters’ old phone number from their 1984 ads and speaks with Ray Stantz (Dan Aykroyd), who tells her what happened to the Ghostbusters before Egon’s death.
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When Phoebe, Trevor, and their pals try to combat the Sumerian god Gozer, who first appeared in New York in the first film. The three surviving Ghostbusters — Ray, Peter Venkman (Bill Murray), and Winston Zeddemore (Ernie Hudson) — turn up in their old suits and gear to join the fight. Egon’s ghost appears to assist them in defeating Gozer, and they all say an emotional goodbye to their silent spirit companion before fading away.
Does an Afterlife exist in Ghostbusters: Afterlife :
It’s strange. It’s unknown what ghosts are in this series, whether blobby monster-ghosts like Slimer from Ghostbusters. Muncher from Ghostbusters: Afterlife is the spirits of the dead. If “ghosts” in this universe are largely simply odd spectral animals, or what. In the live-action films, the Ghostbusters’ deadliest foe isn’t even a ghost; she’s a god. Given the pattern of so many classic ghost stories. We can assume that Egon stayed on Earth because he had unfinished business. That once his granddaughters beat his mortal opponent (immortal enemy? She hasn’t aged as much as the rest of us since the 1980s). He could move on to whatever was next. Human ghosts fighting gods and hugging their children, on the other hand, is a unique twist for a Ghostbusters narrative.
What happens in the mid-credits scene of Ghostbusters: Afterlife :
The credits roll as expected until they reach a credit for Sigourney Weaver. One of the stars of the 1984 Ghostbusters film, who has yet to appear in the movie. Before cutting to her character, Dana Barrett, holding up a series of Zener cards for Peter Venkman to see if he can psychically intuit. What symbol is on the side of the card he can’t see? Reitman gives the audience just enough time to say “Wait, she isn’t in this—” before cutting to her character. Dana Barrett, holding up a series of Zener cards. Cards for Peter Venkman to see if he can psychically intuit what symbol He keeps guessing correctly. Yet, she has him hooked up to an electric shock device. She keeps shocking him until he admits to marking the cards, so he could figure out what they were.
This scene, like so much of Ghostbusters: Afterlife, is merely a big jest for fans of the 1984 Ghostbusters. It’s a nod to Peter Venkman’s first appearance. In which he conducts tests on university students, ostensibly to investigate psychic phenomena. However, the movie also reveals that he’s a sleazeball. Who isn’t above using the exam to flirt with his female subjects and torture the male ones for amusement? Dana startling him for lying is a kind of 37-year-later retaliation for that earlier scene.
So, Dana and Peter are still together after all these years?
It’s difficult to say because she’s wearing a wedding band. She seems to treat him with affection, and they appear to be in a private home rather than an institution. They don’t talk about their connection. They don’t exchange endearments, and she appears more arrogant about seeing through him than loving. He’s also just as smarmy with her now as he was in the 1980s—it’s evident he hasn’t changed much. There’s also the matter of why she’d rig him up to electrodes. To determine if he’s psychic, decades into their relationship. It’s yet another moment that works better as a throwback to fans than as a significant sequence.
What happens in the post-credit scene in Ghostbusters: Afterlife :
The sequence that follows the credits is the most interesting. First, there’s a brief scene in which Janine provides the 1980s Egon a lucky coin to take with him as he prepares to face Gozer. That clip isn’t particularly fascinating – it’s a cut scene from the 1984 picture, added as an Easter egg but having little to do with the rest of the movie.
After returning to the present, Janine appears to be questioning Winston about his activities since the 1980s. Winston moved out on his own and became a tremendously successful businessman, which the viewer already knew from Ray’s review earlier in the film, but the film doesn’t provide him much material of his own. Winston is basically stuck standing off to the side. He was whining about the state of their ancient Ectomobile and pledging to get it cleaned up. While Bill Murray as Peter gets to ramble through a crazy monologue and throw jokes about Gozer, and Ray is sad and sincere as ever.
Winston, on the other hand, finally gets a chance to shine as something other than the fourth-billed man in a three-man team in the post-credits scene. “I wanted to be an example of what’s possible,” he tells Janine of his initiatives and motivations. He talks about his successful multinational businesses and how he’s been quietly helping Ray and Peter, who are in less lucrative situations. He informs her, “I may be a businessman, but I will always be a Ghostbuster.”
It’s a great compensation for actor Ernie Hudson, who has been irritated by how Winston has been marginalized in the movies. He famously agreed to a script that gave Winston a larger role and a complete backstory, but it was ultimately removed. Winston isn’t on the movie poster, and he wasn’t part of the press tour for the film, he’s said in interviews. He claimed that he accepted the part in the hopes of advancing his career, but that he had difficulty obtaining work afterward. As a result, this scene feels like a payoff for Winston, an opportunity for him to gain a little more dignity and depth.
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Winston re-enters the Ghostbusters’ old firehouse headquarters after chatting to Janine in a solo shot. Which Ray mentioned previously in the film had been sold off long ago. When the Ghostbusters ceased producing money. Winston has clearly bought the place for nostalgic reasons. The same reasons drive the rest of the film — and he looks around it with the same satisfaction as Rey did. At the end of Star Wars: Episode IX—The Rise of Skywalker. With the same sense that he’s there to make the fans happy more than he is to make himself happy.
The Ghostbusters’ old Ecto-Containment System. The laser-grid unit housed all the ghosts they imprisoned until an EPA lawyer played by William Atherton. (The “It’s true, this man has no dick” guy from the first film) had it shut down, and they all fled — is discovered by Reitman’s camera. On the system, there’s a single ominous flashing red light, suggesting that something is awry. And the post-credits scene closes with the warning of more to come. (It doesn’t matter that the Containment System was in the basement. In a small side room at the bottom of the stairs, rather than the garage; the point is that something fascinating seemed to be going on.)
Can we expect Ghostbusters: Afterlife Sequel on the Way?
Nothing has been confirmed or green-lit as of yet. But Afterlife co-writer Gil Kenan has stated that he has “lots of ideas” for future installments in the franchise. Reitman stated at New York Comic-Con that the film’s goal was to “open the universe to all kinds of stories… Ghostbusters movies from all my favorite directors.” He stated that he hopes this film “sets the table for that,”. It means that he may not be interested in directing a sequel. But he is excited about the prospect of further films.