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Top 5 Craziest Unbreakable Trilogy Fan Theories

VO: Rebecca Brayton WRITTEN BY: Nick Spake
Before Samuel L. Jackson was Nick Fury, Mr. Glass jumpstarted another cinematic universe. Join WatchMojo.com as we count down our picks for the Top 5 Unbreakable Trilogy Fan Theories. For this list, we’re taking a look at fan theories regarding M. Night Shyamalan’s superhero thriller trilogy that consists of “Unbreakable,” “Split,” and “Glass.” If you haven’t seen these three films yet, consider this your spoiler alert. Watch the video at WatchMojo.com
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Top 5 Unbreakable Trilogy Fan Theories


Before Samuel L. Jackson was Nick Fury, Mr. Glass jumpstarted another cinematic universe. Welcome to WatchMojo, and today we’ll be counting down our picks for the Top 5 Unbreakable Trilogy Fan Theories.

For this list, we’re taking a look at fan theories regarding M. Night Shyamalan’s superhero thriller trilogy that consists of “Unbreakable,” “Split,” and “Glass.” If you haven’t seen these three films yet, consider this your spoiler alert.

#5: It’s All Just in a Comic Book

One theory suggests that David Dunn, Kevin Wendell Crumb, and Elijah Price all stemmed from the mind of a mental patient. However, we’re more intrigued by the idea that this story actually takes place in a comic. In “Glass,” Elijah is determined to show everybody that superhuman heroes and villains are real, believing the world operates like a comic. What if that’s because this whole universe really exists on the printed page? Maybe Elijah is so intelligent that he became aware he’s a fictional character. The secret society silencing the truth could represent a writer trying to keep his own creation under control. In the end, though, Elijah inspires others to rebel against their own creator. Now that twist would be stranger than fiction!


#4: Mr. Glass’ First Comic

Due to his fragile bones, Elijah Price was nicknamed Mr. Glass as a child. That’sa pretty cruel nickname, so why does Elijah embrace it? Perhaps for Elijah, the name Glass doesn’t refer to his weakness, but rather his greatest strength. Elijah sees the world for what it truly is, as if he’s looking through clear glass. He may owe his unique perspective, as well as his deepest motivations, to his very first comic. The comic features a caped crusader in green battling a beastly villain called Jaguaro. Sounds a lot like David and Kevin, who Elijah eventually brought together in order to make others see the world the way he does.

#3: Dr. Ellie Staple’s Colors

Colors play a key role in the “Unbreakable” trilogy, creating a variety of visual motifs. As you can see from the posters for “Glass,” green represents the heroic David, purple signifies the sneaky Elijah, and yellow symbolizes the unhinged Kevin. Then there’s Ellie Staple, whose workplace is covered in pink, making her seem omnipresent. One theory is that the color scheme implies she has her own power - the ability to manipulate minds. Her persuasive powers nearly convince David that he’s delusional, but Ellie can’t get into Elijah’s head. Just as David finds his physical equal in Kevin, Ellie finds her mental equal in Elijah. Where Ellie uses her powers to cover up the truth, though, Elijah does the opposite by exposing it.


#2: The Shared Universe Is Larger than We Think

“Unbreakable” and “Split” were both origin stories, while “Glass” served as the climatic crossover. Is there a third solo movie hiding in Shyamalan’s filmography, though? Many fans have pointed out the parallels between David and the aliens from “Signs,” who are also weakened by water. While this could be a coincidence, one theory speculates that aliens are the root of David’s powers. Maybe aliens have been experimenting on humans, giving them supernatural abilities. Speaking of special powers, Cole Sear’s sixth sense allowing him to see dead people is also superhero-esque. Granted, the fact that David Dunn and Malcolm Crowe are both played by Bruce Willis may contradict this theory. Then again: comic logic! Maybe Malcolm is the BizarroDavid?

#1: Casey Cooke Will Be a Superhero

Like Clark Kent, Peter Parker, and other comic book icons, David Dunn and Kevin Crumb both have alliterative names. With that in mind, could Casey Cooke’s name be hinting at a superpower she’s yet to tap into? Casey is practically invisible to others in “Split,” although Kevin comes to see the tragic past she’s been hiding. By finally confronting her physical and emotional scars, Casey emerges as a more confident person. With this newfound confidence, maybe she’ll discover a latent superpower. Even if Casey doesn’t have a special ability, she could become a more grounded superheroine like Batgirl or Huntress. Considering that she helped break the biggest news story ever, there also seems to be a little Lois Lane in there.
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