Associated Press AP

Last Man Standing’s Nancy Travis Defends The Show’s Political Humor

Last Man Standing has made a lot of jokes based on politics over the years, and Tim Allen’s onscreen wife, played by Nancy Travis, has opened up about the political bent of the show and how the humor tries to play both sides, even as the political landscape in America has changed over the years. The actress defended the shows take on politics in a recent interview, noting about the humor:

Tim Allen plays a conservative character, and there are other characters in the family that are more liberal minded. There’s a balance of yin and yang. … We were on the show when Obama was president, we were on the show when Trump became president. We’ve had numerous episodes and successions.

Originally, when Last Man Standing first began airing on ABC, the year was 2011 and we were only partially though President Obama’s tenure in office. Although the series was still doing relatively well in its Friday night timeslot, ABC cancelled the comedy, and licensing fees with Fox were cited as a reason. A year later, Fox just picked the show back up on its own network and the political humor also picked right back up in the Donald Trump era, although Tim Allen has said that the show cannot jump into the immediate news cycle most of the time since episodes are filming a little while in advance. Instead of being super timely, the show is often generally topical.

Speaking to Country Living, Nancy Travis told the outlet that the Baxter family is large-ish and filled with diverse viewpoints, including from Ryan, Boyd’s dad. His character is a democrat and a lot of the big back and forth on the show is between Ryan and Mike Baxter. In the Season 7 premiere, for example, seeing how Trump’s America was going, Ryan considered moving his family to Canada. Mike Baxter was the person who ultimately talked sense into his whole family at the end of that episode.

Nancy Travis believes the differing viewpoints and storylines such as the one above should be something that all comedy viewers should be able to identify with, as families are often diverse and in disagreement about something, whether or not that something is politics.

What we try to do is say, ‘We’re a family and we have some differences, but we’re still a family and we have to live with each other and talk to each other. But also, to be able to find humor in it, to find the comedy and find the humor and be able to laugh at ourselves.

It’s a fine line the show attempts to draw. In fact, the character Nancy Travis plays in Last Man Standing herself has somewhat ambiguous political opinions, although in Season 5 it was revealed that she did vote for Hillary Clinton, believing her vote would help move women’s issues forward. Even with that vote, Vanessa also said on the show that she would have voted for any woman, regardless of political party. Still, even that somewhat differing viewpoint is another example of Last Man Standing not just giving in to Mike Baxter’s political point of view all of the time.

Nancy Travis’ comments are coming a few months after Tim Allen revealed he didn’t think his personal politics should matter to the fans of Last Man Standing. At the time, he noted that personally his politics are not the same as Mike Baxter’s and he’s a little further right than his TV counterpart. However, Last Man Standing is supposed to be a show that anyone can enjoy, even with political jokes. He said at the time:

When you get into this world — these two guys are not the same guy. You know, Mike Baxter is much more tolerant of other ideas than me onstage. Me, personally — Tim Allen is nobody’s business, and really, who cares what I think. Really, in my stand-up it has nothing to do with it. My comedy has been the same since I’ve been doing it for 33 years and it’s about the ultimate political divide — [between] men and women. I’ve been doing that — and that’s all it’s about. And underneath all of that is that you just don’t get the other side, but you love the other side.

When Fox picked up Last Man Standing long after it was originally cancelled, there was some question regarding whether or not Season 7 would have conservative humor like the previous ABC incarnation of the show. Certainly, there were some changes related to the series in its return, particularly thanks to some major changes within the cast, including the addition of Molly McCook taking over for Molly Ephraim. However, a lot of the humor is very much along the same kind of bent as the ABC version of the series.

People seem to still be enjoying the comedy, even with the changes. On Friday nights, the series has been averaging over 6 million total viewers each week. On Friday nights, a lot of shows struggle to do over a 1.0 rating in the 18-49 demographic. This past week, Last Man Standing earned a 1.3 rating. (Other popular shows, like MacGyver, skew older.) So, it seems there is an appetite with network TV viewers for a comedy that sometimes delves into politics.

Although politics come up a lot with Fox’s Tim Allen starrer, his co-star ultimately believes that Last Man Standing isn’t really as much about the political humor as it is about raising three daughters and working through familial issues, noting that politics are “such a small part of our show.” Still, if you aren’t a fan of politics intermixed with your comedy, Fox’s Friday night comedy may not be the series for you.

If you don’t mind a little bit of opposing viewpoints, however, new episodes of Last Man Standing air on Friday nights at 8 p.m. ET only on Fox. You can take a look at what will be joining the show at midseason with our full TV premiere schedule.

Blended From Around The Web

 

28 Ridiculously Fun Handbags, All $50 or Less

Don’t underestimate the transformative power a fun party bag can have on an outfit: It can make that one LBD you’ve worn to four, maybe five holiday get-togethers feel brand-new every time; or make your jeans look very sophisticated (maybe with a footwear assist.) As we gear up for the countless gift exchanges potlucks and end-of-year fêtes, brands are ramping up their accessory assortments—and there are so many good handbags that are easy on the wallet but big on the statement. From comically tiny crossbodies to more sensible backpacks, shop some of the best party-ready bags on the market right now for $50 or less.

We bring you the trends. You make them your own. Sign up for our daily newsletter to find the best fashion for YOU.

28 Fun Handbags, All $50 or Less

Don’t underestimate the transformative power a fun party bag can have on an outfit: It can make that one LBD you’ve worn to four, maybe five, holiday get-togethers feel brand-new every time; or make your jeans look very sophisticated (maybe with a footwear assist.) As we gear up for the countless gift exchanges, potlucks and end-of-year fêtes, brands are ramping up their accessory assortments—and there are so many good handbags that are easy on the wallet but big on the statement. From comically tiny crossbodies to more sensible backpacks, shop some of the best party-ready bags on the market right now for $50 or less.

We bring you the trends. You make them your own. Sign up for our daily newsletter to find the best fashion for YOU.

The Poster For Colton Underwood’s Season of The Bachelor Is Really…Something

Breaking news: Did you know Colton Underwood, the next Bachelor, is a virgin? I kid—there’s no way you could forget. Remember how his storylines on The Bachelorette and Bachelor in Paradise unfolded earlier this year? The shows constantly weaved in the fact that this hunky 26-year-old former football player was somehow still a virgin. He actually cried on one of the live specials as he recalled how he frequently lied about his sex life to his teammates, as if that was supposed to make us feel…sorry for him, I guess?

No shade to Colton’s tears—I just think his virginity is a weird quality to harp on because, truth is, it’s not a big deal. Some people are virgins, and some people aren’t. Just like some people pronounce caramel “care-a-mell” and others say “car-mul.” Both are fine, valid options. The same goes for your sex life. Colton is a virgin, not a serial killer.

And yet the reality series keeps playing the V-card for all it’s worth. Exhibit A: The first promotional poster for Colton’s season of The Bachelor, which is pretty standard minus one hilarious detail. Take a look at it for yourself, below:

See what I’m talking about? Colton’s tagline is the not-at-all-subtle, “What does he have to lose?” Get it? Because he’s a virgin? And he has to lose his virginity?

Here’s a new Bachelor drinking game for Colton’s season: Take a sip any time someone says the word “virgin.” Maybe play with soda, though, because at this rate it’ll be 500 times per episode—and it’s never a good idea to go that hard on a Monday.

The (Virgin) Bachelor premieres January 7 at 8 P.M. ET on ABC.

Related Stories:

The Bachelorette Has Problems, but Are They That Hard to Fix?

Arie Luyendyk Jr. and Lauren Burnham From The Bachelor Are Expecting Their First Child

Bachelor and Bachelorette Couples: The Complete List

The Poster for Colton Underwood’s Season of The Bachelor Is Really…Something

Breaking news: Did you know Colton Underwood, the next Bachelor, is a virgin? I kid—there’s no way you could forget. Remember how his storylines on The Bachelorette and Bachelor in Paradise unfolded earlier this year? The shows constantly weaved in the fact that this hunky 26-year-old former football player was somehow still a virgin. He actually cried on one of the live specials as he recalled how he frequently lied about his sex life to his teammates, as if that was supposed to make us feel…sorry for him, I guess?

No shade to Colton’s tears—I just think his virginity is a weird quality to harp on because, truth is, it’s not a big deal. Some people are virgins, and some people aren’t. Just like some people pronounce caramel “care-a-mell” and others say “car-mul.” Both are fine, valid options. The same goes for your sex life. Colton is a virgin, not a serial killer.

And yet the reality series keeps playing the V-card for all it’s worth. Exhibit A: The first promotional poster for Colton’s season of The Bachelor, which is pretty standard minus one hilarious detail. Take a look at it for yourself, below:

See what I’m talking about? Colton’s tagline is the not-at-all-subtle, “What does he have to lose?” Get it? Because he’s a virgin? And he has to lose his virginity?

Here’s a new Bachelor drinking game for Colton’s season: Take a sip any time someone says the word “virgin.” Maybe play with soda, though, because at this rate it’ll be 500 times per episode—and it’s never a good idea to go that hard on a Monday.

The (Virgin) Bachelor premieres January 7 at 8:00 P.M. ET on ABC.

Related Stories:

The Bachelorette Has Problems, but Are They That Hard to Fix?

Arie Luyendyk Jr. and Lauren Burnham From The Bachelor Are Expecting Their First Child

Bachelor and Bachelorette Couples: The Complete List

How Instant Family’s Mark Wahlberg And Sean Anders Have Grown As A Team

Over the course of three films together, actor Mark Wahlberg and writer and director Sean Anders have made a lasting partnership when it comes to filmmaking. Now, with their latest film Instant Family heading to theaters, the two are looking to branch out into a more serious, yet still hysterical school of thought. A goal that is only enhanced by their growing bond as a team over the course of multiple movies.

CinemaBlend had the opportunity to speak with both men as part of the Instant Family press day, and the growth of their team is best encapsulated in the thoughts they shared with us. When asked about the subject of how their team — formed through two previous outings in the Daddy’s Home franchise has changed over time, Wahlberg had the following to say:

You can tell the two have immense trust in each others’ gifts, as Mark Wahlberg tends to frequently work with collaborators he trusts. Looking at his past resume, you can see that along with Sean Anders, famous names like Michael Bay and Peter Berg would make the list of those trusted partners who Wahlberg particularly approves of.

In turn, when looking at the films that Mark Wahlberg has made with those directors, you can see that no matter what the actor is doing on screen, it’s all in the name of creating a well-rounded film.

But trusting relationships go both ways. To that effect, co-writer / director of Instant Family Sean Anders certainly shows a deep amount of trust in Mark Wahlberg’s abilities. This is even more important when it comes to this most recent film, as the story behind Instant Family is inspired by Anders’ own experiences with adopting and raising foster children.

As far as Sean Anders’ answer to the question of how he’s grown from working in his partnership with Mark Wahlberg, his noted,

The partnership between Sean Anders and Mark Wahlberg is one of those pairings that seems to be valuable to both the film industry and its patrons. Where it will go next is anyone’s guess, but after the Instant Family, I’m hoping that further steps into the heartfelt comedy arena will be taken. Whatever the future brings us is already exciting to anticipate.

Instant Family hits theaters in early screenings tonight, with its full release taking place tomorrow.

Here’s Why K-pop Fans Are Making Up Totally Fake Facts About Their Faves

Jungkook isn’t afraid of washing his hands. Olivia Hye isn’t offended by people with peanut allergies. And BTS definitely won’t be performing “Telephone” by Lady Gaga and Beyoncé anytime soon.

But if you’re an unassuming K-pop fan who stumbled upon one of the many totally fake “fact” accounts on social media, you might wind up believing those lies are true. Over the past few months, accounts that produce hilariously absurd — and very untrue — graphics on Twitter and Instagram have gained popularity among K-pop fandoms. But why?

The similarities are pretty rigid between the most prominent fact accounts, all of which thrive on the low-quality nature of their images. Most accounts source their facts from their followers, who submit them via direct messages or CuriousCat, a website that allows users to anonymously send comments and questions. With mismatched fonts, blurry photos, and misspelled words, there’s a standard protocol in the fake-fact business.

More than anything else, it’s the out-there ideas for the facts themselves that are the key to a successful post, according to interviews with the creators behind these popular accounts.

“It feels like we know the girls and their personalities,” Jac from Canada told MTV News about her account, @loonafacts12, which creates fake facts for the members of rookie K-pop girl group Loona. “So when I write a fact that’s very blatantly untrue, I think that people find it funny because they know the girls would never do that, but it’s still funny to imagine.”

It’s all about being in on the joke for die-hard fans who would never fall for the made-up facts that a less-connected fan might believe. These facts are finely tuned to be funny in relation to the pop star they’re parodying.

“I just think they find the whole concept funny,” said @legitbtsfacts owner Sofia from the U.S., “because the things I say would definitely correlate with the member I chose for that ‘fact’ based on their personality.”

According to @SuperJuniorFact owner Erin from France, who runs the Super Junior account with her friend Karla from the U.S., this kind of weird, taboo humor can be considered “cursed content.”

“It’s content that makes you cringe the longer you see it and makes you just want to put your phone down for a second to reevaluate your life choices and how they led you there,” Erin told MTV News. “It’s not a set aesthetic or set in stone, it’s more of a feeling that we want the public to feel.”

But not all fans are in on the joke, which can make things awkward for these content creators. Some accept the graphics as fact or completely misunderstand that they’re only intended as jokes in the first place.

“It’s very rare,” Jac said, “but occasionally people will tweet or comment on Instagram accusing us of posting these facts maliciously or saying they believed one of the facts until they read other ones.”

It’s that backlash that can also help fake fact accounts grow, as is the case with @jungkookfacts97 — an account dedicated to BTS’ youngest member and main vocalist, Jungkook.

“The account blew up late August,” the owner said, “after an account with 50,000 followers told everyone to report my facts, and that’s when I got the most hate. I got around 900 comments over a few days and most of them were people getting very angry with me because of the facts.”

Despite the criticism, the owner admitted that she’s not doing much to curb the drama on her account, instead presenting her facts as legitimate. “We always state that the facts are 100% real and that we’d never post a fake fact.”

Beyond just misinformation, fake fact accounts also push the boundaries with posts about politics, violence, and NSFW topics not often broached in the world of K-pop. Some account owners, however, are willing to take things further than others.

“I like kind of pushing the boundaries of what’s ‘OK’ to post,” the @jungkookfacts97 owner said. “But if something is a little more controversial I might send it to my friends who help me [run] the account to see if they think it’s too much.”

Sofia adopts a similar strategy with her friends when it comes to posting controversial content. Meanwhile, Erin and Karla prioritize Super Junior’s own reputation when making sure not to publish jokes that could reflect poorly on the group and its fandom.

For the most part, the riskiest fake facts skew progressive and liberal, which Sofia attributed to the diverse makeup of the fanbase.

“Since majority of the fandom is a part of the LGBT community,” she explained, “I think they find the facts funny and relatable to their own personal circumstances since it deals with their faves.”

Jac agreed, saying, “Facts that express political or social ideas that are mainly liberal receive a lot of attention … This might be because they take stances that majority of the fandom, including me, has as well.”

As fans of K-pop idols that aren’t typically allowed to speak on politics and controversial subjects like LGBTQ issues and mental health, fake fan accounts give voice to the fanbases’ progressive ideals. And by putting those views into the voice of their faves, fans create their own ideal reality, one where the groups that they stan can voice their opinions freely.

Ultimately, that’s why these fake fact accounts keep sprouting up across K-pop fandoms — and are beginning to spread to others.

So while fake fact accounts push boundaries and potentially spread misinformation, they’re really just serving as the internet voice of K-pop’s creative, diverse fandom.

You Too Can Own James Bond’s Aston Martin—Some Assembly Required

FROM LEGO WITH LOVE The DB5 is equipped with all of Bond’s iconic gadgets, including an ejector seat.
FROM LEGO WITH LOVE The DB5 is equipped with all of Bond’s iconic gadgets, including an ejector seat. Photo: F. Martin Ramin/The Wall Street Journal

I’VE ALWAYS DREAMED of having a project car in the garage. Something friends and I tinker with on the weekends as we drink beers, hats backward, staring into the engine and making excuses for its inadequacies. “Probably the exhaust manifold,” I’d say, not really knowing what that means.

This weekend, sans garage (or friends), I more-or-less achieved my fantasy, putting the final touches on an automotive classic I’ve lusted after for 30 years: James Bond’s Aston Martin DB5. Debuting in 1964’s “Goldfinger,” it is the definitive 007 car, complete with radar tracker, machine-gun masking fog lights, revolving license plates and ejector seat. Granted, my DB5 was made of Legos and fit on my lap, but it was only slightly less seductive than the one Sean Connery steered through Switzerland, evading henchmen.

It felt a little silly to spend a Saturday night piecing together a child’s toy when I’m no longer limited by curfews and am capable of growing a full beard. But play is important for adults, explained Barry Kudrowitz, associate professor of product design at the University of Minnesota. It helps foster creativity thanks to what he calls the Mary Poppins Effect—play being the spoonful of sugar that helps us learn more effectively.

You Too Can Own James Bond’s Aston Martin—Some Assembly Required
Photo: F. Martin Ramin/The Wall Street Journal

“As we get older, society says you’re not supposed to play anymore. Don’t be silly,” Dr. Kudrowitz said. “You have to learn by reading a book or listening to a lecture. But we should be embracing play, in education and in society.”

So I decided to playfully confront the 1,295 Lego pieces in more than 20 bags that comprise the company’s new Aston Martin kit, part of its Creator series (“expert level”). Though I have a disrespect for authority, I followed the instructions to a T, collecting all necessary pieces before snapping any two together. What started as an awkward mess of interlocking shapes evolved into the DB5 during the 15-odd hours it took to build. At times, I wasn’t sure which part I was crafting until I slid it into its place, completing a satisfying puzzle.

On two different nights I looked up to see the clock winding closer to 2 a.m. But I didn’t stop. Each small step took only a handful of minutes so why not complete a few more before bed? That meditative, immersive high is what Dr. Kudrowitz calls flow. “When the challenge matches your skill set you’re fully engaged in an activity,” he said. “That is when you’re most creative.” Too easy and you get bored. Too complicated and you get stressed and frustrated and quit.

Lego Aston Martin DB5

You Too Can Own James Bond’s Aston Martin—Some Assembly Required
Photo: F. Martin Ramin/The Wall Street Journal

Series: Lego Creator

Build Level: Expert, Age 16+

Price: $150, lego.com

Pieces: 1295 pieces, 263 steps

Size: 1:8 scale, 4x3x13 inches

Build Time: About 15 hours

Fun Level: 9 (of 10)

Frustration Level: 3 (of 10)

Whatever the box says, I’m no “expert,” so I encountered plenty of frustration. At one point, I realized I’d snapped two integral pieces into the wrong place (by one measly Lego stud!) eight steps ago, utterly preventing any progress. Instead of throwing my DB5 against a wall (my go-to as a kid) I calmly backtracked, fixed it and moved forward again. I guess this is growing up.

I loved the details of the DB5 kit, like a small red phone hidden behind a secret compartment in the door. But I was oddly let down once I snapped the four tire scythes onto the car’s chrome wire rims. After 263 steps, I was done, but I no longer had a project to occupy my mind and satisfy my curiosity. Now I just had a toy I didn’t really need. OK, yes, I zoomed it around the room for a few minutes. It’s a surprisingly smooth ride, if a little delicate in my adult grip. But I can already imagine it gathering dust.

“I have a super cool Lego Saturn V on my shelf,” said Brian Volk-Weiss, creator of “The Toys That Made Us” on Netflix. “I’d never in 100 years do it, but it would be great to smash it and start again. It always bittersweet when it’s over.”

That’s because Lego doesn’t exactly create toys, said Dr. Kudrowitz. It creates experiences. “The fun is in making it. To get another fun experience you need to buy another kit. That’s how they get you.”

The beauty of Lego is that anyone who wants to up the challenge can dismantle a kit, take the scattered pieces and create their own experiences. My friend Kyle Wigboldy has the savant-like ability to envision the world as if it’s made of Lego. He once built a 11:1 scale Porsche 911 from scratch, complete with independent suspension. “I see some car on the road or in a magazine,” he said, “and think ‘I’m going to make that.’” He then appeals to the auto maker for blueprints and starts scaling it to the wheel size, and then breaks his build down into specific Lego parts, both ones from existing kits he owns and others he orders a la carte on bricklink.com.

“I determine the scale and hardpoints,” Mr. Wigboldy said. “Then I start building around that, taking into account structures, aesthetics, colors.” For “significant” designs he documents the process to create instruction booklets he sells on Flickr. A perfect mix of work and play.

SNAP TO IT / Challenging Sets to Get You Started
You Too Can Own James Bond’s Aston Martin—Some Assembly Required
Photo: LEGO

Beginner: Construct the Shanghai skyline from Lego’s Architecture series. 597 pieces, $60, lego.com

You Too Can Own James Bond’s Aston Martin—Some Assembly Required
Photo: LEGO

Advanced: Erect a Rough Terrain Crane complete with working motor. 4,057 pieces, $399, lego.com

You Too Can Own James Bond’s Aston Martin—Some Assembly Required
Photo: LEGO

Expert: Build the Millennium Falcon, Lego’s largest most detailed set to date. 7,541 pieces, $799, lego.com

More in Gear & Gadgets

NCIS And This Is Us Are In A Ratings Battle On Tuesday Nights

Their genres may be entirely different, but NCIS and This Is Us have helped make Tuesday one of television’s most heated nights. They are two of TV’s most popular series, and they are locked in a ratings battle.

This Is Us has come onto the scene establishing itself as a favorite among younger viewers. While the drama is a heavy hitter in the demos, NCIS has remained a winner in total viewers. Let’s check in on the latest in the battle between two of network television’s brightest stars.

Viewership Totals

This week’s ratings showed NCIS handily coming out on top. The procedural brought in 12.33 million total viewers, per Deadline. Thus, making it this Tuesday’s (November 12), most watched show of the night.

Unfortunately for NBC’s tear-inducing drama, it did not break 10 million total viewers. That said, This Is Us did score a robust viewership of 8.46 million, but that still puts it at almost 4 million viewers behind NCIS‘ total viewership. While CBS’ popular series may have won that portion, This Is Us garnered good news elsewhere.

Demo Ratings

This Is Us won in the demos. The drama was Tuesday night’s highest-rated broadcast in the demos. It scored a steady 2.0 rating. NCIS did not do as well there.

The Mark Harmon series picked up a 1.4 rating. So, while NCIS had a sizable lead over This Is Us in total viewers, the NBC drama battled back in the demos. Making what NCIS did achieve all the more impressive is that it is in its sixteenth season. This Is Us is only in its third.

Lead-Ins and Lead Outs

This Is Us and NCIS may be in a heated ratings battle, but they do not face off directly. NCIS‘ time slot competitor at NBC is The Voice. This past week, the popular singing competition scored a 1.6 rating in the demos. While it beat out NCIS there, the CBS procedural handily beat it out in total viewers. The Voice scored 8.80 million in total viewership.

As for how well NCIS‘ lead out did, we have answers. CBS’ new crime drama FBI did not entirely retain NCIS‘ lead-in numbers. It did maintain the majority of them. FBI lost a little over 3 million of the viewers that tuned in for NCIS.

FBI is This Is Us‘ direct timeslot competitor. In the battle against one another, FBI had the victory over This Is Us in total viewers. The series scored an impressive 9.12 million in total viewers. When it came to the demos, This Is Usperformance in the demos was nearly double FBI‘s. It scored a 1.1 rating.

How well did New Amsterdam do with This Is Us‘ lead-in? Pretty well. New Amsterdam only shed 2.41 million off of This Is Us‘ lead-in numbers, pulling in 6.05 million in total viewers. The bad news came in the demos, where the freshman medical drama only pulled in a 1.1 rating. A loss of nearly half of This Is Us‘ demo rating.

It is still early in the season. Having received a full-season order, New Amsterdam has time to turn that around. Similarly, it is still early in NCIS, and This Is Us‘ ratings battle. The midseason is fast-approaching and who knows what is in store for those shows then.

New episodes of NCIS air Tuesdays at 8 p.m. ET on CBS. You can cry your eyes out watching This Is Us, Tuesdays at 9 p.m. ET on NBC. Both shows are among the new programming that has arrived this fall and will be airing new throughout the midseason.

New Glass Trailer Is All About Superpowers

After M. Night Shyamalan released a couple of blunders with The Last Airbender and After Earth, one might have thought the writer/director was all out of those renowned big twists. 2016’s Split turned that all around when it was revealed to have a connection with the filmmaker’s 2000 film, Unbreakable starring Bruce Willis and Samuel L. Jackson. His upcoming film Glass will connect the two movies into a part psychological thriller, part superhero showdown. In the film’s newest trailer, we get to see a lot more of the latter. Take a look:

Looks like James McAvoy and Samuel L. Jackson just couldn’t keep away from another role that delves into comic book lore, aside from their successful stints as team leaders for the X-Men and Avengers respectively. This time around the two are reprising their roles as unique villains, who are believed to need psychological care for their delusions of grandeur.

With this latest look at Glass from Universal Pictures, the film is leaning more toward a superhero action flick everyday. The trailer sets up the main plot of the film and how it will have Bruce Willis’ David Dunn and McAvoy’s “Beast” personality head-to-head.

If you’re in need of a little refresher, Unbreakable followed David Dunn’s personal discovery of his supernatural invulnerability, after he is the sole survivor of a train crash that killed over 100 passengers. He then meets Elijah Price (Jackson) a disabled comic art gallery owner who tells David he believes him to have the capabilities of a superhero.

David then discovers his own super strength and an extrasensory perception to see a person’s criminal activities by a brush of the shoulder. The end of Unbreakable reveals Elijah to be Mr. Glass, the mastermind villain to his hero, though David reports him to the police and he is committed to an institution.

With the pair now committed to the same institution, along with Split‘s multiple-personality criminal Kevin, Elijah has an evil plot to pit the two against each other in public to let the world finally know that superheroes are real. James McAvoy’s most relentless personality as the character is “The Beast” who Elijah looks to help unleash to break them both out. David must then break out to stop his reign of terror, again on the likes of teenaged girls and the city.

The new trailer for Glass doesn’t introduce much more footage than already presented in previous footage but it positions the film as a kind of superhero blockbuster, with a twist of the mental games M. Night Shyamalan is well known for. Samuel L. Jackson’s Mr. Glass looks to have David Dunn and The Beast right where he wants them to live out his fantasy of being a mastermind villain, unfinished in Unbreakable. Will this be the start of another superhero universe? Glass comes to theaters on January 18, 2019.