WARNING: The following article contains minor spoilers for M. Night Shyamalan's Glass, in theaters now.
The comic book-inspired superhero film trilogy director M. Night Shyamalan began in 2000 with Unbreakable and continued in 2016 with Split has finally concluded with the release of Glass.
In an interview, Shyamalan addressed the film's controversial ending after being asked if this was the way he had always envisioned his multi-film story arc of real-life heroes and villains wrapping up.
"I did," Shyamalan told Entertainment Weekly. "I always thought it was a little bit of like an opera, even when I was starting on Unbreakable. I thought this was a very operatic end to it all [with] people screaming and all of these kinds of implications. It was about implications more than anything. I’m a big fan of One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest as you can probably tell. The format of that movie just blew me away when I saw it. The idea that the journey of the main character gets fulfilled by another character is a very powerful idea."
That being said, while the ending of Glass certainly allows for more stories to be told within the Unbreakable universe, Shyamalan explained that it is very unlikely that he will continue to work on the franchise in the future.
"I have a lot of original stories I want to tell," the director continued. "I'm an original filmmaker and I want to keep on telling new stories and new characters. It's fun for me to figure out a new language, and then learn it, and try to get an audience in two hours to learn it, and accept it, and really find their way."
Directed and written by M. Night Shyamalan, Glass is currently playing in theaters nationwide. The film stars James McAvoy as Kevin Wendell Crumb/The Beast, Bruce Willis as David Dunn, Anya Taylor-Joy as Casey Cooke, Samuel L. Jackson as Elijah Price/Mr. Glass and Sarah Paulson as Ellie Staple.