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This page contains unmarked spoilers for Unbreakable and Split. You Have Been Warned!
"Finally... all of us together, for the world to see what we are capable of."
Dr. Staple: What I am questioning is that you believe you are something more than human.
Elijah Price: And yet... it is true.

Glass is a 2019 superhero horror-thriller film. It is the crossover sequel to both 2000's Unbreakable and 2017's Split, directed like them by M. Night Shyamalan, and will star Bruce Willis as David Dunn/The Overseer, Samuel L. Jackson as Elijah Price/Mr. Glass, James McAvoy as Kevin Wendell Crumb/The Horde, Anya Taylor-Joy as Casey Cooke, Spencer Treat Clark as Joseph Dunn, Charlayne Woodard as Mrs. Price and Sarah Paulson as Dr. Ellie Staple.

Following the events of Split, David, Elijah and Kevin end up brought together in a psychiatric institution, where they are questioned by Dr. Staple over their belief in their apparent "superpowers."

It is due to release on January 18, 2019. Also notable for the fact that Universal Pictures and Disney are producing and distributing the movie together, with Disney using the Buena Vista International brand for the release of the film.


Previews: Trailer 1, Trailer 2.

Glass contains examples of:

  • Actionized Sequel: Both prior films were mostly slow burns with only one or two actual "action" scenes. While this film retains the psychological thriller elements, the action quotient is heightened.
  • Arc Welding: The ending of Split revealed that it was a Shared Universe with Unbreakable, but it wasn't until then that David Dunn was aware of The Horde's existence. Now, David is actively hunting him down.
  • Badass Beard: David Dunn now has one.
  • Badass Grandpa: David is nearing 60 by the time of this film. However this doesn’t seem to have slowed him down in the slightest. Having super strength and super health probably helps too.
  • Beware the Superman: Carried over from Split, the Beast is depicted as this in contrast to David. A direct contrast is made between David pushing a group of riot police into a a cargo container and nonlethally trapping them...with the Beast being likewise confronted with a group of riot police and slaughtering them with his bare hands.
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  • Big Bad Duumvirate: Mr. Glass and the Beast, who have began a Villain Team-Up.
  • Color-Coded for Your Convenience: Like in Unbreakable, all three main characters have a distinctive color they're associated with, to continue the superhero and supervillain theme. As seen on the poster above, David is green, Mr. Glass is purple, and The Beast is mustard yellow.
  • Creepy Child: Kevin's Hedwig personality, shown roller skating around the captured cheerleaders happily talking about the Beast coming to eat them.
  • Crossover: The Stinger of Split featured a cameo of David Dunn, establishing a shared continuity with Unbreakable. The main characters of both films will all appear in Glass.
  • Curbstomp Battle: Riot police confront the Beast. The end result is a lot of dead police and the Beast without any visible injury.
  • Double-Meaning Title: The name Glass is both the "supervillain name" of Elijah Price and thematically similar to the names of the previous films, Unbreakable and Split, which are related to the theme of "broken" people and objects.
  • Grand Finale: The film is intended to be the closing chapter of M. Night Shyamalan's trilogy of movies based on superheroes and supervillains.
  • Greater-Scope Villain: Two examples:
    • Kevin Wendell Crumb's mother, who was immensely abusive to the point of him developing split personalities.
    • Mr. Glass, who has somehow orchestrated events pertaining to Kevin (going off the synopsis). It's possible he contributed to The Beast in some way.
  • Guttural Growler: It appears the years have not been kind to Elijah Price's voice.
  • Immediate Sequel: The film starts where Split left off.
  • Late-Arrival Spoiler: Split is a sequel to Unbreakable, and this is the third film of the trilogy. At the time it was released, Split was a Stealth Sequel.
  • Magnetic Plot Device: Mr. Glass is implied to be this, as he has somehow masterminded things, resulting in the world's first superhero meeting its first true (actually superpowered) supervillain.
  • Older Hero vs. Younger Villain: David Dunn is much older than Kevin. (On the other hand, Bruce Willis is also six years younger than Samuel L. Jackson).
  • One-Man Army:
    • David is shown shoving an entire line of riot-gear police into a cargo container by himself, demonstrating the level of Super Strength he possesses.
    • The Beast is shown ripping a SWAT team apart with his bare hands with ease.
  • Only I Can Kill Him: David states he's the only one that can stop the Beast and Mr. Glass. And it's quite evident he's right, as the riot police who try to stop the Beast are effortlessly slaughtered by him.
  • Serial Escalation: Split had Kevin display 7 personalities, despite being said to have 24. This film increases the number of personalities McAvoy has to portray (said to be upwards of 12, although may change in the editing), even though the original 7 are more prevalent.
  • Split Personality: Kevin Wendell Crumb has 23 different personalities, as established in Split. He unleashed a 24th, the Beast, and it now makes him a considerable threat on the loose.
  • Stealth Sequel: Averted. This movie makes it clear that it's a sequel to both Unbreakable and Split, which is amusing considering that the Twist Ending to Split — which is also the only plot twist — is The Reveal that it takes place in the same universe as Unbreakable.
  • Super Strength: Both David Dunn and the Beast possess this.
  • Super Toughness: Both David Dunn and the Beast have this, with David having previously survived a train wreck unharmed while the Beast can shrug off pointblank shotgun blasts with only minor wounds.
  • Supervillain: Continuing from Split, this is once more deconstructed. In this case, how utterly outmatched normal people are against a superpowered killing machine.
  • This Is Reality: Twisted around. Elijah points out that real life isn't a cartoon, "...and yet some of us still don't die with bullets. Some of us can still bend steel."
  • Two-Part Trilogy: Downplayed example, but consider that only two years will have passed since the release of Split, the Sequel Gap between Unbreakable and Split was seventeen years.
  • Vigilante Man: The trailer hints that David has become this in the near-20 years since Unbreakable.
  • Villain Team-Up: Glass and Kevin have ultimately joined forces, and as per usual, the former heavily lampshades it.
    Mr. Glass: May I meet the Beast?
    Kevin: I hope, for your sake, that he likes you.
    Mr. Glass: That sounds like the bad guys teaming up.
  • The Unmasqued World: Glass's ultimate goal is to bring super people into the light for the world to see.
    Mr. Glass: This is not a cartoon, this is the real world. And yet, some of us still. Don't die. With bullets. Some of us can still bend steel. I have been waiting for the world to see that we exist.

"What have you done, Elijah?"