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GHOSTBUSTERS AFTERLIFE Sequel Casts Kumail Nanjiani and Patton Oswalt

Back in 2022, Sony had a busy day at CinemaCon. Among many other announcements, including a glimpse at Spider-Man: Into The Spider-Verse and the reveal of a new Sony Marvel spinoff, El Muerto, Sony had exciting news for two other franchises, Venom and Ghostbusters. Although we wouldn’t exactly call it shocking news, Sony shared that Venom 3 and Ghostbusters 5 were officially on the way.

We didn’t get much for  Ghostbusters 5 at that time. Sony does love a tease. But most recently, we learned that Jason Reitman will not direct this next Ghostbusters installment. Instead, Gil Kenan will take the helm. Kenan co-wrote Afterlife’s script with Reitman and the pair also co-wrote Ghostbusters 5. Reitman will reportedly remain on board as a writer/producer. Additionally, per Deadline, the Ghostbusters: Afterlife has cast Kumail Nanjiani And Patton Oswalt.

Phoebe (Mckenna Grace) grins with delight as she fires a proton pack, while Podcast (Logan Kim), wearing a pair of night vision goggles, cheers her on in Ghostbusters: Afterlife. Ghostbusters 5 is on the way.
Columbia Pictures

Ghostbusters: Afterlife Sequel

We previously learned the movie would follow Afterlife and continue the story of the Spenglers. At Ecto-Fest, Jason Reitman shared we will see “the next chapter in the Spengler family story.” Additionally, this upcoming movie will take place in New York City. The thought of more heart-filled, ghost-busting shenanigans have us ready to head to the theater. Here’s hoping that Ghostbusters 5 will continue the legacy Afterlife left for it.

Actress Mckenna Grace has also confirmed her return for as Phoebe in the Ghostbusters: Afterlife sequel. Kumail Nanjiani, Patton Oswalt, James Acaster, and Emily Alyn Lind have also reportedly joined the cast, but no word yet on their roles.

Per The Hollywood Reporter, we also learned that Ghostbusters 5 will arrive just in time for Christmas next year on December 20, 2023. It’s a no-brainer that it comes during a season of joy, given that  Ghostbusters: Afterlife hit such a high note among fans. We need things to look forward to these days.

Venom 3

As far as Venom 3 is concerned, fans of the franchise rejoiced at the news. Venom and Eddie went on some multiversal travels when we last saw them. And they jumped back and forth from Sony’s world to the world of the MCU. Some fans feared this would mean the duo would get swallowed up into the world or separated permanently. Although we received no casting news at CinemaCon, the reveal of Venom 3 will hopefully make way for the news that Tom Hardy’s Eddie Brock will return to our screens. But so far, per Deadline, we only saw a logo for the new movie at CinemaCon.

Tom Hardy also recently shared a post that indicated he had a hand in creating the story for Venom 3.

Tom Hardy shares Venom Script
Tom Hardy

Fingers crossed for more intel soon. Venom just would not feel the same without Hardy in the role.

Eddie and Venom on a beach in Venom: Let There Be Carnage Deleted scene - a win for Symbrock lovers. Venom 3 is on the way.

In the meanwhile, we’ll revisit Venom: Let There Be Carnage and Ghostbusters: Afterlife. Honestly, two very quality movies. In a world of sequels and franchises, these absolutely stand out. And with more on the way, we have to get ready to dive back into these excellent worlds. Here’s hoping for some casting news, release date information, and maybe even some footage sooner rather than later. But for now, we’ll content ourselves with the news that this duo of movies will grace our screens.

Originally published on April 22, 2022.

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