After countless delays due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Sony Pictures' Ghostbusters: Afterlife is finally playing in theaters around the world. Though the fourth film in the series, the latest movie ignores 2016's Ghostbusters: Answer the Call (which functioned as a reboot), and acts as a direct sequel to the two Ghostbusters movies from the 1980s. Tragically in the time since 1989's Ghostbusters II however, one of the four franchise leads, Harold Ramis, passed away, making a true reunion in the spiritual third film impossible. As fans know though the plot of the movie was largely built around Ramis' character Egon and plenty of surprises were put into the sequel, leaving fans emotional as you can see below. Spoilers follow!
The opening sequence of Ghostbusters: Afterlife actually fills in a major question mark about what happened to Egon, revealing how the character dies in the film's continuity in Summerville, Oklahoma. During this scene Egon's face is never seen, as actor Oliver Cooper appears as his body double, but his unmistakable silhouette makes it clear who we're following considering the franchise we're talking about it shouldn't surprise audiences when the end of the movie occurs and the ghost of Egon (a CGI recreation of Ramis) appears alongside his other Ghostbusters to defeat Gozer the Gozerian once again. The reunion, and the spectral form of Egon, left many Ghostbusters fans in tears as the tweets below will attest.
Speaking in a previous interview, director Jason Reitman confirmed the importance of him earning approval from Ramis' family to use his likeness in the movie, adding:
"I was never going to make this movie unless they were comfortable with the portrayal of Harold," Reitman shared with The Hollywood Reporter. "Everyone has a favorite Beatle. And everyone has a favorite Ghostbuster. My favorite was always Egon."
Just got back from watching Ghostbusters afterlife. This was the 3rd sequel we all needed It was done beautifully, the characters, the jokes most of them, the story. I almost cried near the end,They did egon justice. Harold Ramis would be proud— Randy Gutierrez (@Seahawkfan118) November 19, 2021
just got out of Ghostbusters Afterlife and I’m crying like the Egon Spengler fangirl I’ve been since at least 1989 pic.twitter.com/kmaX5f0AZv— Allison || an appalling array of learning (@keyofmgy) November 19, 2021
I loved it
Man I loved it
So much heart and emotion in this sequel
Of course OG Ghostbusters we’re awesome
So great to see them back and a great tribute to Harold (Egon)
So when the next one coming ?? #GhostbustersAfterlife— Zack Snyder’s Power (ZSP) (@ZackSnyders_JL) November 20, 2021
We all had tears in our eyes
Just been to see #GhostbustersAfterlife and it’s the perfect love letter to the 1984 original and Harold Ramis. We all had tears in our eyes for Dr Egon Spengler – and the Ghostbusters caddy now has a side gunner!— Matt Bendoris (@MBendoris) November 20, 2021
Ghostbusters Afterlife was incredible.
❤️ Egon ❤️#GhostbustersAfterlife— Maid Mario (@ehmglubber) November 20, 2021
GHOSTBUSTERS: AFTERLIFE is a love letter to both Egon and Harold.— Matthausen 🎙 (@MattShiversVO) November 20, 2021
Go see it. It's perfect.
Cried through the closing credits
I saw #Ghostbusters: Afterlife tonight. A perfect tribute to Harold Ramis that brought me back to dressing up as Egon Spengler for Halloween in 1st grade so yes of course I cried through the closing credits.— Jonny Loquasto (@JQuasto) November 20, 2021
All I will say is that as a lifelong @Ghostbusters fan (it was literally the first thing I was ever into even as a 3 year old) whose favorite Ghostbuster always has and always be Egon Spengler, #GhostbustersAfterlife was just fantastic. pic.twitter.com/aOmT4DxoKw— Alan Johnson (@AlanJohnson) November 20, 2021
100% Here for it
Ghostbusters: Afterlife is a giant love letter to Egon Spengler fans, and I was 100% here for it.
~the Egon fan that has his action figure from the 80s— kel • ot9 •Bengals 🐯 • KJI 🍑 11.30 (@kel_exo) November 20, 2021