The Umbrella Academy is Netflix's oddest take on the superhero genre to date. Based on the Dark Horse graphic novels written by Gerard Way and illustrated by Gabriel Bá, it considers a question rarely asked by comic book series about those who grow up with superpowers. Namely, how screwed up are these kids once they hit adulthood? The answer is very, according to The Umbrella Academy. The show features a set of superpowered people who have super emotional issues. But after two seasons, the Hargreeves siblings seem to have gotten their heads on straight. So how will The Umbrella Academy Season 3 screw them up this time?
When The Umbrella Academy first debuted in 2019, it was just after Netflix officially canceled the last of its collaboration with Marvel TV. The proximity of Marvel's demise with Netflix to the Dark Horse Comics show's premiere drew inevitable comparisons. But it also felt like Netflix had made a choice: Why traffic in standard, middle-of-the-road superheroes when you could go super off-the-wall instead?
The audience seemed to agree. In April of 2019, Netflix announced The Umbrella Academy drew 45 million viewers in its first month. Season 2 seems to have also been just as popular, with Variety reporting it as the most-streamed series in August of 2020. Independent researcher Nielsen confirmed the series was the streamer's biggest show in August by an order of magnitude.
As of Nov. 10, 2020, Season 3 is officially a go. Here's what we know about it so far:
'The Umbrella Academy' Season 3 Renewal News
Yep, there will be a third season of The Umbrella Academy. Netflix confirmed it on Nov. 10, just after Season 2 passed the 90-day mark of release. The new season order is for a third round of 10 one-hour episodes, with filming set to begin in February of 2021.
The new season's current tagline is "The Sparrows are coming in."
'The Umbrella Academy' Season 3 Cast
The Umbrella Academy is made up of seven adopted siblings, six of whom are alive: Luther (Tom Hopper), Diego (David Castañeda), Allison (Emmy Raver-Lampman), Klaus (Robert Sheehan), Five (Aidan Gallagher), and Vanya (Elliot Page). All six are confirmed to return for the new season.
Despite allowing Ben (Justin H. Min) to pass to the great beyond in Season 2, the show found a way to bring him back, as a member of Hargreeves' (Colm Feore) "Sparrow Academy" adoptees, who have replaced the Umbrella Academy members in this new timeline. Both Min and Feore are confirmed to return for Season 3. Ritu Arya rounds out the cast of returnees as Lila Pitts, who was introduced in Season 2 as a long-lost member of Hargreeves' 1989 experiment.
'The Umbrella Academy' Season 3 Sparrow Academy Cast
The significant casting additions for Season 3 will be the aforementioned Sparrow Academy, featuring Justin H. Min as Ben, of course. On Jan. 11, 2021, Netflix revealed the other six members of this alternative version of Hargreeves' superhero group.
The most exciting thing is that Ben is not the new Number One. Hargreeves chose a different boy for that role. Instead, Number One is Marcus, played by Justin Cornwell (Jingle Jangle). Min's Ben is Number Two. Number Three is still the head girl, Fei, played by Britne Oldford (The Path).
Jake Epstein (Suits) plays Alphonso, Number Four. Number Five is the group's second woman, Sloane, played by Genesis Rodriguez (Big Hero 6). Comedian (and ex-girlfriend of Pete Davidson) Cazzie David (86ed) is Number Six, Jayme. That makes three girls and three boys a far more gender-balanced group.
Then there's Number Seven, who, like Vanya, seems to be the most powerful sibling of all. They're listed as an "Existential Dread Inducing Psykronium Cube" in the press release. The Cube is referred to as Christopher, though they seem less a human and more of an oracle. As of this writing, no actor is mentioned as doing the voiceover, suggesting it's either a massive star doing a cameo or a completely computerized voice.
'The Umbrella Academy' Season 3 Plot Details
There are few plot details known for the third season, but the cliffhanger ending of Season 2 is instructive. After being thrown back in time to stop the apocalypse, the Hargreeves siblings return to the present-day to discover they succeeded. But their celebration is short-lived once they realize they changed the timeline, so the present is not destroyed but rather altered radically.
The time-traveling of Season 2 allowed the Monocle to see what a disaster his "Umbrella Academy" turned out to be. So when the time came in 1989 to put his plan in action, he adopted a different set of mutant children, save one: Ben.
With the new cast of rival siblings announced, fans won't have to wait long to meet the Sparrow Academy. Season 3, Episode 1 promises viewers will "Meet The Family."
'The Umbrella Academy' Season 3 Theories
As for theories about where the show will go from here, it's hard to say. One guess involves Lila, the Hargreeves' long-lost sibling. She ran off at the end of Season 2, and fans hope she will find her way back to The Umbrella Academy. There was a theory a new, alternate version of her would be among Ben's new siblings in The Sparrow Academy.
The show has confirmed these new siblings will not include Lila, which opens the door for her time-hopping version to show back up. Or maybe the alternate timeline version will turn up anyway. Or perhaps both, just to make it even more confusing.
For that matter, the non-adopted alternate universe version of the entire original Umbrella Academy could be alive and well and thriving in their new timeline. As Number 5 has observed, time travel is complicated.
'The Umbrella Academy' Season 3 Premiere Date
There's no premiere date as of yet. But a look at the time spans between Seasons 1 and 2 can provide some clues.
Season 1 was initially announced in July of 2017 and debuted in February of 2019. Season 2 was greenlit in April of 2019 and debuted in July of 2020. That's 18 months for the production of Season 1 and 16 months for Season 2. Assuming there will be no filming delays due to the coronavirus, that would put Season 3's arrival somewhere in the spring of 2022.
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