If this was a Marvel Studios movie, the end credits of Ghostbusters: Afterlife is likely to pan to Melissa McCarthy in a sequence somewhere that explores the Multiverse. Or it could be Kristen Wiig, Kate McKinnon, or Leslie Jones.
Or shudder all four of them.
We’re just extremely thankful that this DOES NOT happen once the credits roll. Instead, be prepared for two incredible post-credits scenes in Jason Reitman’s sequel to the first two Ghostbusters films directed by his father, Ivan Reitman.
** SPOILERS AHEAD **
The first is a throwback to when we first met Dr. Peter Venkman (Bill Murray), when he tests the extrasensory perception, or ESP, of two of his students. Both have to guess the contents of a card he holds up with the card’s back facing them, and the student with the wrong answer gets zapped with a small jolt of electricity.
In the now-famous scene from the 1984 film, Venkman chooses to zap the male student who actually calls out the right details of the card, instead of the cute female student who gets it wrong.
This time, Venkman is at the receiving end of the electrical device and even though he correctly identifies the contents of the card being held up, he still gets zapped by the device, and by none other than Dana Barrett (Sigourney Weaver), who correctly surmises that Venkman marked the cards.
The second scene is a touching tribute that refers to a deleted scene from the 1984 film. In the scene, which takes place just before the team rolls out to confront Gozer in the apartment building in New York City, Janine Melnitz (Annie Potts) is talking to Egon Spengler (the late, great Harold Ramis) and presents Egon with a coin. Egon asks her what it is and she tells him it’s a souvenir from the 1964 World’s Fair at Flushing Meadows.
The coin is her lucky coin and she wants Egon to have it, but he states that he shouldn’t take it because he might not return. She insists he keeps it, as she has another at home.
The scene pulls back to Janine at the present, with the coin in hand, and she’s talking to Winston Zeddemore (Ernie Hudson) about his time with the team. We won’t spoil the full details of the conversation as details are referenced in the movie, but it explains what Zeddemore has been up to all this while, as the scene cuts again to an interior shot of the Ghostbusters first headquarters in New York City – the fire station.
The doors of the station opens, and Ecto-1 pulls in, as Zeddemore touches the iconic vehicle, which has seen better days. Is Zeddemore rebuilding the Ghostbusters, or just the car? We’ll never know, but the final scene post-credits scene in Ghostbusters: Afterlife opens up so many possibilities.