During his pre-release promotional tour for Glass, filmmaker M. Night Shyamalan revealed that he had originally conceived of Kevin Wendell Crumb (aka The Horde) when he drafted the screenplay for 2000’s Unbreakable. The character was excised in order to keep the run-time tight, and replaced with the less complicated “Orange Man” who served as David Dunn’s first formidable foe. But what if Shyamalan pulled some of his trademark trickery and found another way to subtlety plant the seeds for The Beast?
Glass hit theaters last Friday and now we know for certain that there is a concrete connection between Dunn and Crumb. This had led many fans to re-examine Unbreakable to see if clues were there all along. Now, our friends at Screen Rant have identified a bona-fide “Aha!” moment that suggests Crumb actually appeared in Unbreakable, at which point the character was merely a child.
Give Screen Rant’s video embedded at the top of the article a look-see for a nearly unbreakable (pun intended) fan theory that will have you rushing to give Unbreakable another look with fresh eyes. If you haven’t seen Glass yet, bookmark this page for later and skip down to the synopsis and trailer below.
M. Night Shyamalan brings together the narratives of two of his standout originals—2000’s Unbreakable, from Touchstone, and 2016’s Split, from Universal—in one explosive, all-new comic-book thriller: Glass. From Unbreakable, Bruce Willis returns as David Dunn as does Samuel L. Jackson as Elijah Price, known also by his pseudonym Mr. Glass. Joining from Split are James McAvoy, reprising his role as Kevin Wendell Crumb and the multiple identities who reside within, and Anya Taylor-Joy as Casey Cooke, the only captive to survive an encounter with The Beast. Following the conclusion of Split, Glass finds Dunn pursuing Crumb’s superhuman figure of The Beast in a series of escalating encounters, while the shadowy presence of Price emerges as an orchestrator who holds secrets critical to both men.