'Glass' Might Link To More Shyamalan Movies Than We Thought

Diply 20 Oct 2018

The end of Split showed us that M. Night Shyamalan has a vision of a bigger movie universe than anyone realized going into the movie.

Split, as you hopefully know by now, ends with a shot of David Dunn, Bruce Willis' character from 2000's Unbreakable. In that moment, we learned that Split was actually a sequel!

The next movie in the series, Glass, is coming out at the beginning of 2019.

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The third movie in the trilogy will show Split's Kevin (James McAvoy) share the screen with Unbreakable's David Dunn and Mr. Glass (Samuel L. Jackson).

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It's expected that David will pursue Kevin (and his Beast persona), with Glass pulling all the strings from behind the scenes.

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Unlike the Marvel or DC movie universes, we didn't even realize that there was a superhero franchise in the making, so we're excited to see what happens.

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One Redditor, however, has a theory that Shyamalan's movie universe is actually even bigger than it currently appears.

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User HeronSun saw how subtly the director wove Split and Unbreakable together and makes a compelling argument that another, earlier Shyamalan movie could fit into the so-called "Eastrail 177" franchise.

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HeronSun is the first to admit that it's too much of a stretch for all of Shyamalan's movies to fit into the franchise.

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Signs and Lady in the Water are too far into their own mythology to fit into any other bigger story, and The Happening is "just...no," according to HeronSun.

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Which leaves us with what HeronSun suggests is an underappreciated part of Shayamalan's body of work — The Village.

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Before you laugh, this theory is entirely serious. The Village may seem like a forgettable movie, or that it's the first sign that Shyamalan had started to lose his touch, but it's hard to ignore the theory once you look a little closer.

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The main idea that brings Unbreakable and Split together is the idea of superhuman people.

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While maybe not on par with Captain Marvel's powers, both movies feature characters, namely Dunn, Glass, and Kevin, with abilities and intellect well above an average human.

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These powers, the movies suggest, are "activated" by traumatic events.

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For Dunn, it was a near-drowning, for Glass, it was a lifetime of traumas related to his brittle bones, and for Kevin, it was the abuse inflicted upon him by his mother.

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So what does all this have to do with The Village?

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In this theory, HeronSun argues that at least one — if not many — characters in The Village show signs of similar superpowers, and equally traumatic origin stories.

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Ivy Walker (Bryce Dallas Howard), for instance, has heightened senses of hearing and smell. She can also "see" the colors or auras of the people around her, despite being blind.

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HeronSun reminds us that The Village makes a point of telling us that Ivy's blindness was caused by an infection, so it wasn't something she was born with. In keeping with the theory, this would be her trauma, which unlocked her Daredevil-esque powers.

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HeronSun also suggests that Noah Percy (Adrien Brody) seems to exhibit some superhuman abilities.

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Noah's speed, strength, and killer instinct all appear to be heightened enough that it's not inconceivable that he, too, has had some powers unlocked. We don't know enough about his backstory to know what might have set them off, but he's at least checking half of the boxes.

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The theory speculates further about exactly how Noah's powers can manifest.

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We find out that Noah is the one responsible for placing all the dead animals around the village, but when you stop and think about it, wouldn't it be pretty much impossible for one person to do that all by themselves?

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And also, when Noah attacked Ivy later in the movie, why did he bother to dress up? And why couldn't she see his aura and recognize him?

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HeronSun believes something of a transformation is the answer to all of this.

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The theory explains that Noah's real ability is to essentially become the monster he is pretending to be.

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This animalistic or monstrous "form," they argue, makes Noah faster, stronger, and, as he is essentially inhuman in this state, Ivy is unable to recognize his aura.

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There are a couple of other little details that tie everything together.

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While not as big and thematic as the rest of the theory, HeronSun points out that The Village is ultimately (spoiler alert) revealed to take place in modern-day Pennsylvania, just like the rest of the movies in the franchise.

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So perhaps there's another surprise ending coming at the end of Glass.

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While Noah certainly isn't likely to make a surprise appearance at the end, it would certainly blow our minds if Ivy stumbled in to save the day and defeat Mr. Glass once and for all.

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So what do you think?

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Could M. Night Shyamalan actually be building toward a bigger and ever-growing franchise of superpowered characters in the heart of Pennsylvania? Only time will tell, but for now, this theory seems pretty...unbreakable.

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