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Ghostbusters Fans Are Losing Their Cool Over This Afterlife Character Reveal

The Stay-Puft Marshmallow Man is, to some, a pop culture icon. First appearing in the original Ghostbusters film as a simple company mascot before becoming the giant physical manifestation of an apocalyptic deity, the big guy has since popped up in some form in various Ghostbusters TV shows, films, and video games. So it only makes sense that he would also appear in the new Ghostbusters film, which is subtitled Afterlife.

In a new sneak peek at the upcoming film, which is set to be released in theaters this fall, Ghostbusters fans are given a sweet treat when Paul Rudd's character witnesses a bunch of Mini Stay-Pufts break free from packages of marshmallows in a grocery store. They look all cute and cuddly, but Rudd soon finds out the hard way that they are devious little monsters when one bites his finger. They only wreak more havoc from there, even roasting each other at one point. The entire scene is delightful, and fans are going nuts over the character reveal.

What Ghostbusters fans are saying about the Mini-Puft reveal

Shortly after the new clip hit the internet, Ghostbusters fans took to Twitter to voice their excitement over the new Mini-Pufts. User @chetanrakieten said, "This is gold! Paul Rudd is amazing! Love the #minipufts!"

@ErikDavis was also drawn in by the little guys, saying, "Okay, I'm kinda loving how nuts the new Mini-Pufts are in #GhostbustersAfterlife," later adding, "The original Ghostbusters had a bit of an edge when it came to how it blended its scares with its humor, and that is what I think of with this scene. Reminds me in a way of the kitchen scene in the first film."

Meanwhile, @GameOverGretty joked about the longevity of Stay-Puft Marshmallows given what all went down in the first film: "I appreciate that, in the @Ghostbusters universe, Stay Puft Marshmallows bounced back from the 1984 PR disaster that was their mascot coming to life and destroying New York. Still on your grocer's shelf in 2021!"

Of course, not everyone was so enthused by the Mini-Puft reveal, with some accusing Ghostbusters of attempting to rip off Baby Groot in Guardians of the Galaxy 2 or Baby Yoda in The Mandalorian, both of which people loved. Others, though, like Twitter user @DaveyBerris, said they didn't mind at all. "I know since Baby Groot and Baby Yoda, making 'baby' versions of classic characters is all the rage...but I am so excited for Baby Stay-Puft Marshmellow Men!!! Mini Marshmallows have been around forever, it makes sense, and they look mean as hell, plus the old music is back!"

Ghostbusters: Afterlife is scheduled to hit theaters this fall.