“First name, Mister. Last name, Glass.” These are the final words uttered in the highly-anticipated trailer for the next film in M. Night Shyamalan’s super-powered trilogy, Glass. Preceded by Unbreakable (2000) and Split (2016), Glass serves as the tie that binds both of these seemingly standalone films into the same universe. Though Split had a quick scene featuring Unbreakable’s David Dunn (Bruce Willis), the rest of the movie seemingly served no agenda in bringing the films together. Now that those movies have been linked after sixteen years, Glass acts as an Avengers-esque “super film,” where this time, the villains team up. Watch the first Glass trailer, unveiled today at San Diego Comic-Con, below:
Unbreakable was the tale of David Dunn, an everyday guy trying to do right by his son. After being the sole survivor of a tragic accident that killed tons of people, David’s son, a huge comic/superhero fan, begins to believe his father might be more than meets the eye. I won’t give too much away for those who haven’t seen it yet (and trust me, you WANT to see this film, especially before seeing Glass), but Mister Glass (Samuel L. Jackson) serves as the brains behind pretty much everything happening to Bruce Willis’ character in Unbreakable, the “supervillain” to David’s “superhero,” if you will. It’s an ambitious and remarkable film that attempts to bring the superhero genre to ground level, in a time before the MCU or DCEU, and before director, writer, and producer M. Night Shyamalan caught a bad rep for delivering weak and often uninspired films.
Split told a far more sinister tale, with the focus shifting to a villain and with no hero at all. Kevin Wendell Crumb (James McAvoy) is a highly disturbed man suffering from dissociative identity disorder, where his mind holds twenty-three prominent and different personalities. Each of these personalities held something unique for his victims (women he kidnapped and kept locked up), and his body chemistry changed with each personality. While he is mentioned as “The Horde” due to all of these “minds” inside of him, it is the culmination of all of them that results in his ultimate form: “the Beast.” The Beast is a cannibalistic personality with sociopathic tendencies and superhuman abilities, such as abnormal strength, enhanced agility and speed, invulnerability, and the ability to scale walls with unnatural mobility. Though, again, these abilities came at the cost of a hunger for human flesh.
Glass brings these two villains together to seemingly do battle with David Dunn. The Glass trailer shows all three individuals in some kind of asylum or hospital, being spoken to by a doctor who specializes in those who have delusions of grandeur, specifically those who believe themselves to have superhuman abilities. By all indications, Mister Glass is fascinated by the Horde, and more specifically, the Beast, and intends to unleash him on the world – and more immediately, David Dunn. Clearly, it’s up to David to put a stop to his now-nemesis, along with a new evil. Glass debuts in theaters on January 18, 2019. For more on the upcoming supervillain team-up, and everything coming from the San Diego Comic-Con, keep your browsers locked to Geeks + Gamers.