Shortly before the first trailer for Ghostbusters debuted, actor Michael K. Williams let it slip that he had a scene with the infamous Slimer. We got to see Slimer in all of his gooey glory in the trailer, but it had some wondering if other iconic specters will be showing up in director Paul Feig's reboot. Today we have a new report from Bloody-Disgusting, which offers an update on one of the biggest (literally) characters from the 1984 classic, the Stay Puft Marshmallow man. There will be potential SPOILERS, so if you don't want to know whether or not Stay Puft is in the movie, stop reading now.
The site was actually the first to report that Slimer will show up, but director Paul Feig shot down part of that report, which claimed the ghost would be voiced by The Simpsons voice actor Dan Castellaneta. As of now, the director hasn't chimed in on the site's latest report regarding the Stay Puft Marshmallow Man. But they claim this massive monsterous beast will not be featured in the movie. Of course, this hasn't been confirmed by the studio or director quite yet, but we'll keep you posted if more updates surface.
It actually sounds like Stay Puft may be getting replaced by someting just as big and goofy. Last month, a Mattel rep at the New York Toy Fair confirmed that the main Ghostbusters villain is named Rowan, who bears a resemblance to the actual ghost seen in the iconic Ghostbusters logo. The rep claimed that each of the main Ghostbusters action figures will come with a special piece, with all four pieces combining to form Rowan. No details about Rowan were confirmed, but it has been speculated that Rowan is conjured in the same way as the Stay Puft Marshmallow Man was in the original movie.
Sumerian god Gozer initially shows up as an androgynous woman with metallic skin and eyes towards the end of Ghostbusters. She disapears after a quick battle with the four spirit chasers, and her disembodied voice tells the Ghostbusters team that she will manifest herself as the next thing they think of, and destroy the world. Dan Aykroyd's Ray Stantz accidentally thinks of the Stay Puft marshmallow logo, and soon, this monster is lumbering down the streets. It's possible that this reboot has a similar scenario, where Rowan is conjured through one of the new Ghostbusters' thoughts, after looking at their logo.
The reboot centers on Erin Gilbert (Kristen Wiig) and Abby Yates (Melissa McCarthy), who, years ago, wrote a book that posited ghosts do in fact exist. The plot picks up with Erin acquiring a teaching position at the prestigious Columbia University, but she is laughed out of academia once word of her book surfaces. At the same time, Abby is working with a new partner, Jillian Holtzman (Kate McKinnon), just as a new slew of ghosts begin to invade New York City. Erin ends up joining forces with Abby and Jillian, along with a new partner Patty (Leslie Jones), to save the Big Apple from these ghosts. What do you think about a new Ghostbusters without the Stay Puft Marshmallow Man?