Warning: this article contains MASSIVE spoilers for M. Night Shyamalan’s latest film, A glass!
After 20 years, we’re finally coming to the conclusion of the trilogy we barely knew existed about two years ago. A glass marks the third (and supposedly last) installment in M. Night Shyamalan’s scaled-down superhero universe, coming nearly 20 years after the 2000s Unbreakable. Unfortunately, A glass does not close the whole affair. On the contrary, it opens up a whole world of possibilities which, to be frank, have left us perplexed. In order to help you understand what exactly happens at the end of the movie, we’re going to do our best to make sense of the superhuman mess in A glass.
OK, so you know the basic concept of the movie, don’t you? I will give a brief hilarious summary. On the one hand, we have David Dunn, our low-key “Superman” who has become something of a neighborhood vigilante, taking down petty criminals with the help of his adult son, Joseph. Then we have Kevin Crumb, aka “The Horde,” on the other end; he has already kidnapped a new group of cheerleaders, whom he intends to mutilate. After a huge confrontation and clash with the police, the two sides find themselves in a mental hospital. . . with none other than Elijah “Mr. Glass” Price, which is essentially a vegetable.
We then meet Dr. Ellie Staple, who believes none of these men have superhuman abilities. While in the hospital, she hopes to “help” them by convincing them that they are not superheroes and brains, but ordinary men. She seems to have a plausible explanation for every incredible feat they’ve demonstrated. This brings us to our showdown.
The thrilling climax
I mean, if you want to put a “beast”, a “Superman” and a “brain” under one roof, you know sh * t will go down at some point, right? Basically, Elijah sets up an escape with his shining mind and he takes Kevin with him. He’s determined to showcase his abilities to the world and introduce superheroes. In the process, he rekindles David’s strength and determination, and David comes out of his own room.
Cue an epic fight right outside the hospital. It’s super strength against super mad, and Kevin and David are quite even. Even when the SWAT team shows up, they are basically quickly pushed aside by the two superhumans. David’s son arrives to reveal the first twist: that Kevin’s father died in that fateful train derailment that was designed by Elijah.
Kevin delivers fatal blows to Elijah’s fragile body, then Casey shows up to calm him down. . . only for a sniper to shoot him and get him out. Meanwhile, David drowns in a puddle. (I’d like to joke, but yeah.) This is where we get another crazy twist: Ellie Staple isn’t who she claims to be.
The strange “Collective”
Spot the bizarre three-leaf clover tattoo, which signifies that Ellie is part of a strange organization that hates superheroes. Using his “sixth sense” (ha!), David touches Ellie and sees a strange dining scene in a fancy restaurant. It is clear that this is a large malicious group. The drowning SWAT officer David also has a shamrock. It’s a cover-up! They were superheroes all the time, and this menacing organization sent Ellie to try to pack them down. They don’t want superheroes to wake up. They love everything as it is.
I should note that there is no other explanation on this group. We don’t know who they are, what their ultimate goal is, and why they want it that way. We only know that they exist, they get tattoos of clover, and they love to host meetings in very public restaurants.
As Ellie fails to convince the men that they are not superheroes, she kills them instead. She inexplicably goes to another restaurant, where the same group appears to be having a collective brunch, and announces that her mission has been successful. Except it wasn’t.
The final twist
Elijah, it turns out, had it all planned. To thwart the cover-up, he found a way to patch the hundreds of cameras at the mental hospital in a sort of continuous recorded stream. This video was sent to those who would carry on the legacy of each main character: the son of David (Joseph), the sole survivor of Kevin (Casey) and the mother of Elijah. These three are blasting video files around the world, proving that superhumans with special powers do indeed exist.
The late Elijah seems to believe that this compelling evidence could awaken the powers of individuals across the country. And so, at the end of the film, a new era begins: one in which the world is filled with superheroes. As I said before, this is not a conclusion at all. It sounds a lot more like a prequel to another trilogy. But Shyamalan insists there won’t be any more movies. For the sake of the whole mess, let’s hope he really means it.