A new Netflix mystery is set to release later this year following the resounding success of its predecessor, director Rian Johnson. Knives out.
A beautifully crafted story of murder and bewilderment, Knives out undeniably reignited our collective appetite for slow-burn thrillers, which is why news of its successor, Glass onion: a mystery at loggerheadswas received with great enthusiasm by the fans. Glass Onion seeks to expand on the quirky, character-driven world created by Johnson while bringing a whole new set of suspects to the table.
Daniel Craig’s Southern sleuth, Detective Benoit Blanc, appears to be the only returning character from the first film, hinting at the greater continuity within the Knives out universe and matching Johnson’s assertion that the second movie won’t be a direct sequel, but rather a new story with its own look, tone, and ambition. This firmly establishes Blanc’s status as the series’ lead and, much like Sherlock Holmes and Hercule Poirot, proves that Benoit Blanc will advance through the series as a transient detective ready to solve new mysteries with each subsequent entry.
While the first Knives out dealt with an irregular family caught in the middle of a cold-blooded murder, Glass Onion seeks to take the franchise in an all-new narrative direction, welcoming new players into the game with a litany of new challenges. With that in mind, do we know what, if anything, the sequel is based on?
What inspired Glass Onion?
Glass Onion will undeniably expand on established canon and draw inspiration from its predecessor to influence its overall aesthetic, likely with quirky sets and gorgeous costumes similar to what we’ve seen in Knives out. Coupled with captivating dialogue from Rian Johnson, Glass Onion is bound to be a massacre full of twists whichever direction the filmmakers decide to go with Benoit Blanc’s story.
The only clue we can find about the film’s plot and inspiration comes from Beatles legend Sir Paul McCartney. In the band’s 1968 hit song “Glass Onion” (off the white album), The Beatles deliberately filled the track with references to old songs, obscure imagery and misdirection to poke fun at fans who searched too deeply for the hidden meaning of their work.
It’s clear that Johnson is a big fan of music, as he constantly peppers his filmography with classic songs, proving that the medium plays a pivotal role in setting the tone and communicating important ideas in his work. If the new title does indeed refer to the trickery of the Beatles, it stands to reason that Glass Onion will be a subtle nod to Johnson’s love of music and red herrings – tipping the Beatles and trolling his own fans in the process.
Essentially, Glass Onion might suggest we don’t read too far into what’s going on behind the scenes ⏤ at least not yet. As for what the next movie’s plot will actually entail, your guess is as good as ours, at least until the first trailer comes out. At this point, we may be able to start putting more pieces together and solve this mystery once and for all.