The following contains spoilers from the Ghostbusters 2016 version.
I won’t begin to get into the love/hate relationship some have with the new movie. I personally loved it, but one of the main complaints was that the original cast wasn’t plying their characters.
Well, I’m here to say, what if they were?
In the latest movie, in an after credits scene, Penny is listening to a reel to reel recording when she stops and asks her colleagues, “Who’s Zuul?”
From Ghostusters Wiki :(Zuul was a minion of Gozer ) An obscure deity, Gozer the Destructor’s earliest known appearance was in Mesopotamia around 6000 BC and was worshiped by both the Hittites and Mesopotamians. It rose to prominence in Sumeria thousands of years later. During that time, various cults arose to worship it and in a short time, developed their own hierarchy and system of ritual magic. By the 4th millennium B.C. the Gozer Worshipers, or “Gozerians” consisted of a large Sumerian sub-culture and was engaged in a long, protracted war with the followers of Tiamat. Eventually Gozer and its followers were defeated and Tiamat banished Gozer from this world.
I want you to pay particular attention to that last sentence. “From this World”.
Now WHAT IF…
(the following is merely a guess and an idea to bring together both Ghostbusters franchises while not having to change a single thing.)
So lets toss this out.
You’re a God. You’ve been worshiped by thousands. You were famous. A God.
Now you were just destroyed by four blue collar workers? Humans? Who used to worship you?
Needless to say, you’d be a little upset.
Since it was never shown that Gozer was actually destroyed, since the “door swings both ways” then there’s no reason to suspect Zuul was destroyed either. Both could have simply been “pushed” out of our realm.
Now that said, if this were true, you’re sitting around in another dimension. Fuming, defeated and humiliated.
So you hatch a plan. Get back at the World that defeated you. You’re GOZAR for crying out loud! No one does that to you!
So what do you do?
You humiliate them right back.
So you go back in time. Easily enough for a Demi God.
You find the four men responsible and ruin them. You go back through different dimensions and the past and find a way to stop them first.
- Spengler: has since passed away, so we can never truly know his past, but we can still consider him a famous professor hence the bust in the hallway.
- Stanz: Make him a simple taxi cab driver. Take away his past as a scientist.
- Venkman: Make him an actual debunker of the supernatural. The field he used to defeat you.
- Zeddemore: Without the Ghostbusters franchise, he never joined.
This would explain several things.
- Why the World doesn’t remember the first battle.
- Why a simple cab driver would know what a Class 5 is.
- Why Penny’s “Uncle” would just happen to deal with the dead.
- Why the logo was still in some peoples minds.
- Why Janine was still answering phones? (Maybe a cruel idea from Zuul?)
So where’s Tully, you ask, scoffing at what I’ve listed so far.
Well, quit simply, he was not allowed to live because he was mostly responsible for the defeat by not finding the Gate Keeper fast enough.
So know you’ll say, Burr, their names were different.
Yes, yes they were. To conceal what happened even more. Who’s to say they were even from the same parents anymore? Who knows what Gozar screwed with? Or who’s to say Gozar did it?
Here’s another WHAT IF….
What if Zull was behind it all? Just simply trying to get into good graces with its master once again?
“Look, sir/madam. Look what I did to the puny humans.” – Zuul
So now you have a new team show up. Another four humans interested in eliminating the supernatural.
Unbelievable. Won’t these humans ever die?
So now, Zuul comes back…..
With this idea, nothing has to change. A simple throw away line from the Demi God about screwing with timelines is all fans would need to feel the movies are linked.
Much like Star Trek did with its Kelvin timeline. Everything is new, but we can still remember the old and assume, it actually happened.
Just let it sink in.
And then, answer the call,