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Glass teaser promises full trailer coming Friday

After months of anticipation, the first trailer for Glass is finally primed to arrive.

Universal Pictures has released the first short teaser for the upcoming James McAvoy, Bruce Willis, and Samuel L. Jackson-starring movie, this one focusing on McAvoy's villain character, the Horde. The teaser, which you can watch above, shows Kevin's face (and the many personalities that go with it) looming behind a pane of broken glass.

The 13th movie from M. Night Shyamalan, Glass is a sequel to two films from the writer-director's filmography, promising to finish off a storyline that began in 2000 with Unbreakable. That movie, a pseudo-superhero origin tale that presaged the comic book craze that would take over Hollywood in the years to come, starred Bruce Willis as a security guard named David Dunn who learns he is nigh-invulnerable after being the sole survivor of a devastating accident. 

Pretty much by design, the movie felt to a lot of people like the beginning of a larger story. While sequel rumors did circulate every once in awhile, no one was prepared for the surprise sequel's arrival with Split

Released in 2016, Split spent most of its runtime following a group of girls trying to escape the custody of Kevin Wendell Crumb, a frightening figure who exhibits multiple personalities — including one supernaturally powerful form only known as the Beast. 

The coda for that movie revealed itself, via a surprise Bruce Willis cameo during the credits, to be set in the same world as Unbreakable. Now the two origin stories will collide in a most unexpected battle in Glass.

The title of Glass refers to the villain of Unbreakable, the brilliant but physically fragile Mr. Glass, played by Samuel L. Jackson. Last we heard from him, he had been taken away to a facility for the criminally insane. If Glass' poster and a grip of first-look photos are anything to go by, we'll soon be paying that most-certainly peculiar hospital a visit for ourselves.

The full Glass trailer will reportedly be online on Friday following the movie's presentation at the San Diego Comic-Con, which is scheduled to take place at 6:45 pm ET. This is only our speculation, but you can also probably count on seeing a pair of David Dunn and Mr. Glass teasers for the movie hitting the internet tomorrow and the day after. (Edit: Check out the David Dunn and Mr. Glass teasers below.)

Glass represents the culmination of a sort of career resurgence for Shyamalan, a figure who was once lauded as "the next Spielberg" before getting lost in the woods for a ten-year stretch between The Village and After Earth. Following a solid genre showing with The Visit, the twistmaker finally delivered audiences a true surprise again with his Unbreakable/Split connective gambit. 

Maybe it's just the momentum of the moment, but we're starting to feel pretty hype for this movie — something that would've been unthinkable back in The Last Airbender days. It's got us feeling that you're different from the rest, Glass. Your heart is pure. Rejoice! Bask in the pleasures of the budding Shyamalaniverse… Rejoice!

Glass will be out in theaters on January 18, 2019.