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Paul Rudd comes face-to-face with a new threat in the latest 'Ghostbusters: Afterlife' teaser: an army of adorable 'Mini-Pufts'

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A group of tiny Stay-Puft Marshmallow Men launch an offensive against Mr. Grooberson, played by Paul Rudd, in a clip from "Ghostbusters: Afterlife." Sony © Provided by INSIDER A group of tiny Stay-Puft Marshmallow Men launch an offensive against Mr. Grooberson, played by Paul Rudd, in a clip from "Ghostbusters: Afterlife." Sony
  • The "Ghostbusters" Stay-Puft Marshmallow Man is one of the most iconic parts of the original film.
  • Turns out, he's coming back in the upcoming sequel, "Ghostbusters: Afterlife" - sort of.
  • A new teaser debuts an army of mini Stay-Puft marshmallow men, who attack Paul Rudd's character.
  • Visit Insider's homepage for more stories.

Get your proton packs ready. An old "Ghostbusters" nemesis, the Stay-Puft Marshmallow Man, is back, but on a much less intimidating scale this time around.

He might be smaller than you remember in the latest movie in the franchise, "Ghostbusters: Afterlife," but apparently there's a whole army of him now.

In a new clip from the upcoming sequel shared on Wednesday, Mr. Grooberson (played by Paul Rudd) shops at a grocery store where he's attacked by an army of tiny, but highly aggressive, versions of the Stay-Puft Marshmallow Man who made his debut in 1984's original "Ghostbusters."

One of the bite-sized monsters is seen crawling out of a bag of - you guessed it - marshmallows and biting Grooberson before a whole group of them hop on a robotic vacuum to attack his feet.

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While these "new" characters are small and it takes quite a few of them to launch an attack, the original Stay-Put Marshmallow Man (a physical manifestation of the Ghostbusters' main nemesis, Gozer) was a towering presence over New York City, attacking buildings and causing cars to crash into each other.

He was enormous, white, wore a sailor hat and a red ribbon around his neck, and has made an appearance in other movies in the franchise as well, arguably becoming one of the series' most iconic characters.

Fans of the beloved movies took to social media to express their excitement at the character's "simultaneously hilarious and terrifying" return.

These "Mini-Pufts" may be adorable, but apparently filming the new movie wasn't all fun and games.

Bill Murray, who played Dr. Peter Venkman in the first two films, is set to reprise his role but recently said that shooting it was "physically painful."

During a virtual talk at the Santa Barbara International Film Festival, Murray said putting on the proton pack was "extremely uncomfortable," according to Collider.

"I was like, 'What is this? What am I doing? These are like Bulgarian deadlifts, or a Russian kettlebell, getting up and down with this thing on my back,'" he said.

However, he added that a high "misery quotient" usually means that they're producing a quality product and he has high hopes for how the new movie will be received.

"Ghostbusters: Afterlife" is set to be released on November 11.

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