Ghostbusters: Afterlife has officially released its first trailer, and we have our first look into this new era of ghost-bustin’.
There has been a lot of publicity surrounding the new Ghostbusters movie. Though it has a great director in Jason Reitman and a solid cast made out of talented individuals like Paul Rudd, Finn Wolfhard, Carrie Coon, Mckenna Grace, and the original Ghostbusters cast members, there’s quite a bit of drama in the Ghostbusters fandom.
We won’t rehash all of the drama surrounding Paul Feig’s female-led 2016 film (which was set in an alternate universe than the original films), nor the concern that Reitman’s version was meant to be a male-led movie that could quell the fan base upset by Feig’s version. But suffice it to say, it’s been a rocky road for this franchise.
Still, with such a great new cast and the promised return of the originals cast, we couldn’t help but be excited and curious about Ghostbusters: Afterlife. And from the looks of the first trailer from the movie, we’ve got a reason to be excited. Check it out for yourself.
In Afterlife, we see that supernatural activity has settled down from, as Rudd calls it in the trailer, the “Walking Dead” reality everyone faced back in the 80s. However, supernatural activity kicks back up in a big way when a single mom and her two kids move to a small town to “pick through the rubble” of their late grandfather’s life.
It’s then that the family discovers their unknown connection to the famed Ghostbusters of the 80s, and the secret legacy their grandfather left behind. The trailer gives us a quick glimpse at the kids exploring their grandfather’s shed, and we see a quick glimpse at a closet full of jumpsuits that bear the nametag Spengler as well as the famous Ecto-1 parked under a tarp.
So while it isn’t explicitly said in the trailer, it doesn’t take much to conclude that this single mother is the daughter of Egon Spengler. Of course, Harold Ramis, the actor who played Egon Spengler in the original movie, passed away in 2014, so it makes sense that the narrative would also say Spengler himself passed.
Obviously, this is just the first trailer, but this movie does seem to be taking a unique angle on a new Ghostbusters story in the original universe. And using the added element of incorporating the daughter and grandchildren of Egon Spengler feels like a fun way to honor the past of the franchise and move the story forward without just recreating the original with a new set of ghost-bustin’ dudes.
Of course, we’ll have to wait for a bit more from Ghostbusters: Afterlife, but this movie feels like it will be a fun adventure into a world many of us love without being a slap in the face to the universe introduced in Feig’s 2016 version. Ghostbusters: Afterlife is set to hit theaters in July of 2020.