Ghostbusters: Afterlife isn’t a Marvel movie, but with three scenes happening during the credits or after the credits, it kind of feels like one. You read that right… three scenes. To be ultra-specific, one scene is actually a mid-credits scene and the second and third come at the very end and are part of the same sequence. Anyway, let’s break down what happens in these scenes and how it shakes up the whole Ghostbusters mythos.
Okay, the movie ends. The good guys win, with pivotal assists not just from Bill Murray, Dan Aykroyd, and Ernie Hudson, but also the late, great Harold Ramis. So, when the credits start to roll, we get a short, sweet on-screen tribute: “For Harold.”
Sigourney Weaver returns!
Then the credits are rolling and, there’s an interesting name among the cast: Sigourney Weaver. And… stop. We get a cute, playful bit with Murray and Weaver as Peter Venkman and Dana Barrett at home doing a twist on the Ghostbusters scene in which Peter tested young women’s ESP skills, praising the ladies and zapping the guys. Only now Peter is the one getting zapped in his chair, and Dana happily does the zapping as she wrings a long-held secret out of him. Are they a couple again? We hope so!
A deleted scene from 1984’s Ghostbusters
Up next, truly post-credits, faithful fans are treated to a short, touching scene deleted from the original 1984 Ghostbusters. In it, Annie Potts’ Janine gifts Ramis’s Egon with a lucky coin from the 1964 World’s Fair in Queens, New York. If you’ve bought into the nostalgia-fest that is Afterlife, you’ll be helpless to do anything other than smile. And there’s more.
Winston and Janine are back in business
Janine, in the present day, looks at that same coin as she goes to meet Hudson’s Winston at his swanky New York office. Winston is apparently a very, very, very successful businessman. Then cut to Winston visiting the old firehouse from which the Ghostbusters once ran their busting business. The doors open and in rolls the Ecto-1, all spiffy and back where it belongs. Who’s driving the car? We don’t see anyone. And now the camera descends into the firehouse’s basement, home to a familiar containment unit. Uh-oh, it’s blinking red, which spells trouble… and another sequel, one likely set back in the Big Apple.
Who you gonna call?!
Ghostbusters: Afterlife is in theaters now.