In the just-released first trailer for the highly anticipated Split and Unbreakable sequel, Glass, Dr. Ellie Staple (Sarah Paulson) explains that she’s a psychologist who specializes in the “growing field” of people who think they are superheroes. However, she’s got it all wrong, because two out of three of her patients aren’t heroes at all: They’re supervillains.
The trailer for the M. Night Shyamalan movie debuted during the film’s presentation at the 2018 San Diego Comic Con on Friday. Unbreakable’s Bruce Willis, Samuel L. Jackson, Split’s Anna Taylor-Joy, and newcomer Paulson were all in a tendency for the panel, which was held in the convention center’s hallowed Hall H. (James McAvoy was sick, and could not attend.)
All of the main characters get a chance to shine in the trailer, but it’s a partnership between Jackson’s self-styled supervillain Mr. Glass and McAvoy’s Kevin Wendell Crumb, aka the Horde, that really feels ominous. As one of the Horde’s personalities explains that he hopes, for Mr. Glass’ sake, that the Beast likes him, Jackson responds with “that sounds like the bad guys teaming up.”
Shyamalan’s latest looks, based on the trailer, like a wonderful merging of superhero deconstruction and a fully earnest embrace of all the wonderful tropes and hallmarks of the genre, with plenty of horror thrown in.
During the panel, Shyamalan also recounted how he got the idea for Split while talking with McAvoy at an earlier San Deigo Comic Con, and noted that Kevin Wendell Crumb was in an early draft of Unbreakable. So, this has been a long tom coming.
Ahead of the panel, Universal Pictures also released an impressive new poster for Split, illustrated by legendary comics artist Alex Ross.
Glass hits theaters on January 18, 2019.