- Warning: There are spoilers ahead for “Glass.”
- The end of “Glass” ends on an unexpected note, wrapping up the franchise neatly.
- At the same time, the film opens itself up for potential spinoffs or sequels by unveiling a larger superhero world.
M. Night Shyamalan’s “Glass” is finally in theatres and it ended with a shocking twist you probably didn’t expect.
Though Shyamalan has been persistent on not doing a sequel to “Glass,” no matter its success, the movie opens itself up for a potential spin-off or sequel somewhere down the road.
This is your last chance to head back before spoilers.
What happens near the movie’s end
The reality is that we’re probably not getting a sequel to “Glass” for one simple reason. The end of the movie kills off all three lead characters from “Unbreakable” and “Split” in a truly WTF moment.
After escaping the institution from where they’re imprisoned the majority of the film, Elijah Price (Samuel L. Jackson), Kevin Wendell Crumb (James McAvoy), and David Dunn (Bruce Willis) are all murdered.
After Kevin discovers Elijah orchestrated the train crash that killed his father, the very same train David survived in “Unbreakable,” the Beast comes to the realisation Elijah was ultimately responsible for his Horde persona.
Read more: Our review of “Glass”
In response, he crushes Elijah’s shoulder and punches him in the gut, leaving him for dead. Elijah succumbs to internal bleeding after falling out of his wheelchair and breaking numerous bones. (Remember, he has a rare condition that makes his bones brittle.)
Kevin and David are then killed at the hands of Dr. Ellie Staple (Sarah Paulson) and a mysterious elite crew of soldiers who take down people with super powers. Kevin gets shot and bleeds out and David is drowned in a puddle.
How there could be a sequel with the lead characters gone
After the deaths of Kevin, David, and Elijah, Ellie asks her organisation for permission to move on to another city to look for the next group of people claiming they have super abilities to wipe them out.
At the movie’s end, Casey (Anya Taylor-Joy), Joesph (Spencer Treat Clark), and Elijah’s mother (Charlayne Woodard) release footage of all three online showing off their powers. It quickly goes viral, informing others of the existence of people with superpowers.
What a sequel could show us
The most logical spinoff or sequel could stay true to Dr. Ellie Staple’s words and show her team move on to another city and try to take out another group of super-powered individuals.
On the flip side, we could see a group of people with abilities take down Staple’s secret group à la “X-Men.”
How a sequel was already set up in “Unbreakable”
It’s not unreasonable to think there are other super-powered people out there. Elijah’s life work was attempting to find others with special abilities. If you return to “Unbreakable,” near the end David discovers walls in one of Elijah’s rooms covered in newspaper clippings.
Several of the newspapers from around the world mention others who have survived catastrophic events. Among them were a “miracle baby” in Mexico who survived a mudslide, a “Dallas youth” who was the sole survivor of a plane crash, and an elderly man who was found alive after a building collapse. There’s also mention of a person who survived an embassy bombing.
If Dr. Staple was to head to some other cities there were plenty Elijah previously mapped out.
The only problem
Shyamalan has said in numerous interviews that he doesn’t see himself doing a sequel to “Glass.” It was a movie in three parts. It’s unlikely someone else would take on a franchise for a followup. Shyamalan told Vulture he owns the rights to most of his movie sequels.
The truth is that any followup to “Glass” would probably start to become derivative of something like “X-Men” or “Runaways” where a bunch of characters start to discover they have powers or come out of the shadows once it’s accepted there are others out there with special abilities. The people trying to keep them quiet seem similar to any government agency you like Marvel’s S.H.I.E.L.D. or DC’s Agency.
Shyamalan’s movies have never been big-budget spectacles with CG or large fight sequences so anything like this would be pretty out of the norm. In some ways, you could say we already have sequels to “Glass.” You just have to consult any other superhero franchise or show.
- Read more:
- James McAvoy plays a character with 24 different personalities in ‘Glass’ – here they all are
- ‘Glass’ is a sequel to 2 movies, including a Disney movie from over 18 years ago – here’s what to know before seeing it
- Our review of “Glass”
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