“It’s amazing to meet you. It is simply extraordinary.”
Pack it up, MCU and DCEU, youse are relics now since Glass proves that the SCU exists. For the uninitiated, that would stand for “Shyamalan Cinematic Universe.” In what is described as an “explosive, comic-book thriller,” the Philadelphian storyteller sets the populace of his past two films — 2000’s Unbreakable and 2016’s Split — on a collision course, one that may result in either the fall of one hero or of two archnemeses.
Yep, you read that right, two: As revealed in the trailer, Kevin Wendell Crumb (James McAvoy) will team up with Elijah Price (Samuel L. Jackson) to do many nefarious deeds. Or maybe just one, but its ripples are destined to last.
Either way, it’s up to David Dunn (Bruce Willis) to stop the glassy beast. Unlike before, however, he will have his own squad; Beast’s spared sacrifice Casey Cooke (Anya Taylor-Joy), Elijah’s mom (Charlayne Woodard) and son of Dunn (Spencer Treat Clarke) look like they will lend a hand.
There’s also the possibility that everything on screen takes place in the mind palace of newcomer Dr. Ellie Staple (Sarah Paulson), the psychiatrist whose field places her in close proximity to “individuals who believe they are superheroes.”
Glass is a most-interesting project from M. Night Shyamalan since it is both a form of closure (it teases the end of the line for the three low-key metahumans) and revival (a Dunn-Elijah reunion was planned as the closer of the filmmaker’s short-lived, Devil-started Night Chronicles trilogy). On top of that, the footage evinces the vibe that this is Shyamalan’s biggest film yet. Not — shudders — Last Airbender-size, of course, but the sense of improved scope is felt.
The film will break into theaters Jan. 18, 2019. For more on the film and an eventual review, stay with The Young Folks.