M. Night Shyamalan Twist! Glass is in Same Universe as Shark Tale

Who could have seen this coming?

M. Night Shyamalan is famous for his plot twists, both good and bad. From The Sixth Sense to The Village, the director likes to keep things twisting and turning. Shyamalan’s latest twist may be his biggest one yet.

At the end of Split, the director revealed that the film was secretly set in the same universe as Unbreakble, his 2000 superhero/thriller. This led to the characters of both Split and Unbreakable combining for Glass, a film which ups the ante on the stakes of both movies, and ends with one hell of a tease.

Much like Split, a pre-credits scene in Glass reveals that there is more to this universe than was originally expected. As David Dunn lies in the water (his only weakness, you’ll remember), he is approached by none other than Don Edward Lino, the villainous Great White Shark from the 2004 Dreamworks animated film, Shark Tale. At first, it’s unclear if the Shark is Lino, or just a regular Great White, but when the familiar voice of Robert De Niro rings out through the speakers, there can be no doubt. “You’re gonna regret the day you became the shark slayer”, exclaims Lino, echoing his identical line from Shark Tale.

This appearance has huge implications for the future of the so-called “Eastrail 117 Trilogy”. The integration of Shark Tale characters will be a challenge. The characters entirely animated, raising the budget of the usually very cheap films, but are at least both owned by Universal pictures, sorting out any rights issues.

Whether this twist will result in Will Smith’s Oscar joining the franchise is still to be confirmed, but signs certainly point to that eventuating. M. Night
Shyamalan’s latest plot twist is bold, but exciting.

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